With the Caps' backs against the wall, Barry Trotz gambled by moving Alex Ovechkin to the third line and it paid off with a 4-2 win Saturday to force a Game 6. It didn't look like Washington would pull it off, but a third period goal from Niciklas Backstrom saved the game and the season for the Caps.
Not only did Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky have good performances, Braden Holtby also outdueled Marc-Andre Fleury for the first time this series. The Caps will need to find a way to get to Fleury in Game 6 if they hope to force a Game 7.
CAPITALS VS. PENGUINS GAME 6 HOW TO WATCH
Who: Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
What: Game 6 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Second Round
When: 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, May 8
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Online Stream: NBCSN's live stream page. Watch Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. and Caps Extra following the game with CSN's live stream page here.
TV Channel: NBCSN
Radio: 1500 AM (Capitals Radio Network)
RELATED: STANLEY CUP POWER RANKINGS
WHEN IS CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 6?
The Capitals and Penguins square off in Game 6 of their 2017 second-round playoff series on Monday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
WHAT CHANNEL IS CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 6 ON?
Game 6 of the Capitals-Penguins series will be broadcast on NBCSN and CBC in Canada.
WHERE CAN I STREAM CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 6?
Capitals-Penguins Game 6 is available to stream live here through NBCSN's live stream page. Caps GameTime and Caps Extra pre and postgame shows are available to stream live here through CSN's live stream page.
WHAT ARE THE LINES FOR CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 6?
Here are the projected lines for Capitals-Penguins Game 6:
Andre Burakovsky - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Alex Ovechkin - Lars Eller - Tom Wilson
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Nate Schmidt - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup
Brett Connolly, Paul Carey, Taylor Chorney
Conor Sheary - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
Jake Guentzel - Evgeni Malkin - Bryan Rust
Carl Hagelin - Nick Bonino - Phil Kessel
Chris Kunitz - Matt Cullen - Tom Kuhnhackl
Ian Cole - Justin Schultz
Brian Dumoulin - Ron Hainsey
Olli Maatta - Chad Ruhwedel
Marc-Andre Fleury starts with Tristan Jarry as backup
Scott Wilson, Carter Rowney, Mark Streit, Trevor Daley, Matt Murray
RELATED: 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 6 BETTING LINES
Stanley Cup Odds: Capitals 7/2 (+350), Penguins 17/4 (+425)
Game 6 Spread: Capitals +1.5
Game 6 Over/Under: 5.5 goals
Game 6 Money Line: Capitals (+105), Penguins (-125)
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