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Capitals Win a Game They Weren’t Supposed to Be Able to Win

Published by on May 2, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Unreliable goaltending.  Weak penalty killing.  Overly reliant on the power play.  Not defensively sound enough to withstand the pressure of good offensive teams.  In spite of the Washington Capitals’ many impressive offensive credentials, it was these negatives that were cited by most pundits as a big reason why they were picking the Pittsburgh Penguins to win a series in which Washington had home ice advantage.  

So, in a game where the Washington offense was inconsistent and turnover prone (22 giveaways, only 26 shots), where they got only two power play opportunities (none after the first period), where the defense had to kill five penalties (including two in the third period), where the team ...

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