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3 key observations from Game 6: Line changes continue to pay dividends

3 key observations from Game 6: Line changes continue to pay dividends

The Caps had their most impressive performance of the postseason with a 5-2 Game 6 win in Pittsburgh and now the series is all tied up! Here are three key observations from the game.

1. Andre Burakovsky is taking full advantage of his promotion to the top line

Burakovsky made Barry Trotz look smart for moving him to the top line for Game 5 with a goal and an assist. Burakovsky made Trotz look like a genius in Game 6 by adding another two goals. After being held scoreless in the first 10 games of the playoffs, he now has three goals in his past two games.

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2. Penalties could have cost Caps

If the Penguins were going to get back into this game it would have been because of the penalties. Washington only took three penalties on the night, but they were unnecessary and came at bad times. Up 1-0 in the first period, Pittsburgh had absolutely nothing going for them. Then Evgeny Kuznetsov slashed Evgeni Malkin as he was skating away from the net. No need for that. Up 2-0 in the second, again, Burakovsky was called for hooking. If Pittsburgh scores on either penalty, this is a completely different game.

3. Let’s never play 4-on-4 ever again

The Caps have not been a good 4-on-4 team all season long. They did not even score a 4-on-4 goal all season until the playoffs. At the end of this game, cruising to a 5-0 win, Washington allowed two late goals to Pittsburgh. Yes, the result was no longer in doubt. Yes, the Caps had taken their foot off the gas. No, I do not think this gives Pittsburgh momentum going into Game 7 (they just lost 5-2!). The only takeaway here is that Washington needs to avoid 4-on-4 at all costs.

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Trade acquisition Brenden Dillon ‘couldn’t be happier’ to be joining Capitals

Trade acquisition Brenden Dillon ‘couldn’t be happier’ to be joining Capitals

The Capitals made their first significant trade of the season on Tuesday, acquiring defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 third.

Dillon, who’s spent the last six seasons with the Sharks, was emotional Monday night when asked for his thoughts on potentially playing his last game with San Jose. He choked up during his answer and had to walk away from the media scrum to collect himself.

The mood was a bit different Tuesday when Dillon found out he’d be heading to D.C. to play with the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals.

“I’m really excited,” Dillon said. “I can’t wait to get out there. I mean obviously the opportunity, the team, the group, what an opportunity.”

The Capitals have been widely rumored to be seeking a defenseman to bolster their blue line and Dillon was an attractive piece as Washington didn’t have to part with a first-round pick in order to get him. After losing six of their last nine games, the Capitals are looking for a spark—and Dillon can’t wait to help get them back on track.

“It’s been crazy, it really has,” Dillon said. “I think just mentally, guys can say, ‘You don’t read this or don’t read that.’ But it wears on you for sure and I’ve just kinda tried to bring the lunch pail to work every day and do my job. But definitely couldn’t be happier to get going.”

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Looking back at an incredible scrap between Garnet Hathaway and Brenden Dillon, now Capitals teammates

Looking back at an incredible scrap between Garnet Hathaway and Brenden Dillon, now Capitals teammates

It might be a little awkward for Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway when Brenden Dillon walks into the building for the first time.

Back in March of 2018, when Hathaway played for the Calgary Flames and Dillon was a member of the San Jose Sharks, the two engaged in a very even tilt that lasted close to a minute long.

Now, they are teammates.

NBC Sports Washington's Craig Laughlin tweeted out a video of the 2018 fight between the then-Calgary and Sharks players upon hearing the news of Washington's newest addition.

The two were both given five-minute penalties for the fight. The Sharks won that game, 5-1. 

Washington traded for Dillon on Tuesday, hoping to bolster their blue line by adding the physical defenseman. 

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