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PITTSBURGH (AP) Eras change. Stars change. Coaches change. Styles change.Coming into this week Darren Helm Jersey , the Pittsburgh Penguins had won nine of 10 meetings in the postseason against the Washington Capitals. It is a history marked by epic collapse, unlikely comebacks and wild finishes.Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and company rewrote the script a bit this time around: Washington is moving on after ousting the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins in six games. Here’s an updated history lesson:—THE YEAR: 1991THE ROUND: Patrick Division FinalsTHE RESULT: Penguins in 5.THE DEFINING MOMENT: The Capitals scored three times in the first 10:26 of the third period of Game 2 in Pittsburgh to take the lead. Randy Gilhen – he of the three career playoff goals – jumped onto the ice during a delayed Washington penalty and emerged from a sea of bodies to tie it with less than 5 minutes left in regulation. Kevin Stevens won it with a wrist shot off a pretty setup by Ron Francis 8:10 into overtime to even the series. The Capitals scored three goals total the rest of the way as the Penguins advanced to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 2. The massively talented Penguins had seven Hall of Famers on the roster (eight if you include the ageless and sure-to-be inducted Jaromir Jagr) and won their first Cup two rounds later.—THE YEAR: 1992THE ROUND: Patrick Division SemifinalsTHE SERIES: Penguins in 7.THE DEFINING MOMENT: The Capitals sprinted to a 3-1 series lead. After getting drilled at home in Game 5, Washington led 4-2 4 minutes into the second period of Game 6. And then Mario Lemieux happened. Super Mario scored or assisted on three power-play goals over the final 30 minutes as the Penguins tied the series, then shut the Caps down in Game 7, a 3-1 win on the road to propel them to a second straight Cup.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 8. Pittsburgh had a bit of a Cup hangover after winning it all in `91 and appeared on the verge of collapse after the Capitals crushed them 7-2 in Game 4. And then … well, consider this the start of a trend.—THE YEAR: 1994THE ROUND: Eastern Conference quarterfinals.THE SERIES: Capitals in 6.THE DEFINING MOMENT: Washington again jumped out to a 3-1 series lead only to lose Game 5. Back home for Game 6, the Capitals went up 3-0 only to have the Penguins cut it to 3-2 after the first period. Momentum teetering, Washington defenseman Calle Johansson beat Tom Barrasso 1:25 into the second to restore the Caps’ two-goal lead and Washington closed out Pittsburgh for the first time.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 6. Pittsburgh viewed 1994 as a redemption tour after its bid for a three-peat was derailed by the Islanders in the 1993 playoffs. The Penguins won the Northeast Division and had the third-best record in the league only to lose to a Capitals team that started the season 0-6 and fired coach Terry Murray at midseason and replaced him with Jim Schoenfeld.—THE YEAR: 1995THE ROUND: Eastern Conference quarterfinals.THE SERIES: Penguins in 7.THE DEFINING MOMENT: Lemieux sat out the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season due to fatigue and the Capitals took advantage in the playoffs. Washington – stop us if you’ve heard this before – headed to Pittsburgh with a 3-1 lead and jumped ahead four separate times in front of a stunned crowd at the Igloo. Kevin Stevens, however, drew the Penguins even with 8:18 left in regulation and Luc Robitaille kept Pittsburgh’s season alive with his OT winner 4:30 into the first extra period to give the Penguins a 6-5 victory. Pittsburgh went on to win Games 6 and 7 by a combined 10-1.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 9. For a franchise that didn’t exactly have a reputation for answering when pushed http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-dylan-larkin-jersey , Washington’s remarkable play in Game 5 went against the grain and it didn’t have to worry about Lemieux. And yet …—THE YEAR: 1996THE ROUND: Eastern Conference quarterfinals.THE SERIES: Penguins in 6.THE DEFINING MOMENT: Make it defining moments. All of them seeming to come in an epic Game 4 . The Capitals led 2-1 and didn’t have to contend with Lemieux after he was ejected late in the second period for fighting Washington’s Pat Peake. Regulation ended tied at 2. So did the first overtime. And the second (after Washington’s Joe Juneau couldn’t convert the first overtime penalty shot in NHL history). And the third. With 45 seconds left in the fourth extra period, Petr Nedved threw a shot in from outside the left circle that slipped by Olaf Kolzig and into the net to tie the series. Pittsburgh captured the next two to advance to the conference finals.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: They might not have invented the number yet to rate the emotional toll of this one. Say ”Nedved” around Caps fans at your own risk.—THE YEAR: 2000THE ROUND: Eastern Conference quarterfinals.THE SERIES: Penguins in 5.THE DEFINING MOMENT: Washington lost 7-0 in Game 1, but had a chance to even the series when Game 2 went to overtime. Jaromir Jagr, however, effectively ended the competitive portion of things with a power-play goal 5:49 into overtime as the Penguins – who finished a middling third in the Atlantic Division – knocked off the Southeast Division champions with relative ease.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 3. Washington’s record was a bit of a mirage in a division that included the teams (Atlanta and Tampa Bay) that finished with the two worst records in the NHL.—THE YEAR: 2001THE ROUND: Eastern Conference quarterfinals.THE SERIES: Penguins in 6.THE DEFINING MOMENT: The last great stand of the Lemieux-Jagr partnership. Super Mario scored the game-winning goals in both Game 2 and Game 5 and Martin Straka’s OT winner finished off the Capitals in six games. Washington was built on coach Ron Wilson’s defensive style but the Penguins – as they almost always did – found a way to squeak by anyway. Pittsburgh allowed just 10 goals in six games.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 4. At this point, the rivalry had gotten to the point where the Capitals appeared ready for the other shoe to drop.—THE YEAR: 2009THE ROUND: Eastern Conference semifinals.THE SERIES: Penguins in 7.THE DEFINING MOMENT: Let’s just go with the whole thing. The NHL pulled itself out of the 2004-05 lockout largely on the back of Crosby and Ovechkin. Meeting in the playoffs for the first time, they somehow exceeded massive expectations. They put up matching hat tricks in Washington’s Game 2 win. The Penguins responded by ripping off three straight only to have Washington force a Game 7 with an overtime victory in Pittsburgh in Game 6 (helped by three Ovechkin assists).Was this ”The Year”?SPOILER ALERT: No. At home in Game 7, the Capitals collapsed. Crosby opened the scoring, the Penguins were up by four just 2:12 into the second and that was it.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 7.5. It probably should be higher because of Washington’s very un-Capslike rally in Game 6 on the road but the Penguins were coming off a season in which they were a Stanley Cup runner-up and just proved to be more mature when it mattered.—THE YEAR: 2016THE ROUND: Eastern Conference semifinalsTHE SERIES: Penguins in 6.THE DEFINING MOMENT: Pittsburgh was in a malaise in December and fired coach Mike Johnston in favor of Mike Sullivan. General manager Jim Rutherford overhauled the roster to one built on speed and depth. All three goal scorers in Pittsburgh’s clinching Game 6 win – Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel – were brought in by Rutherford to ramp up the team’s quickness. Together they formed the ”HBK” line and Bonino’s jam into the net 6:32 into overtime showcased the depth the Penguins needed to take some of the pressure off Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 9. The Capitals captured the Presidents’ Trophy by posting 120 points, 11 more than the next best team. They had home ice and a Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender in Braden Holtby Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids , who lost in regulation only nine times during the regular season. Still, Holtby was outplayed – just a tad – by 21-year-old rookie Matt Murray.—THE YEAR: 2017THE ROUND: Eastern Conference semifinals.THE SERIES: Penguins in 7.THE DEFINING MOMENT: Maybe Matt Niskanen’s controversial shot to Crosby’s head in Game 3 that forced Crosby to miss Game 4? Washington’s comeback from a 3-1 deficit to force Game 7? Let’s go with Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The winningest netminder in franchise history had lost his job to Murray over the course of the season, but was pressed into action when Murray was injured before Game 1 of Pittsburgh’s opening-round series against Columbus. Fleury was brilliant, no more so than in Game 7 against the Caps. He stopped 29 shots for his ninth career playoff shutout, including a save on an Ovechkin one-timer with the butt end of his stick late in the second period to preserve a one-goal lead.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 6. Why 6? Call it the emotional calluses of disappointment. If this loss was to say, the New York Rangers, it may have been more traumatic. But this is what happens when the Capitals play the Penguins.—THE YEAR: 2018THE ROUND: Eastern Conference semifinalsTHE SERIES: Capitals in 6.THE DEFINING MOMENT: Well, for a while there it was tempting to go with Tom Wilson’s crunching – and illegal – hit on Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese in Game 2 that left Aston-Reese’s jaw broken and led to Wilson getting slapped with a three-game suspension. Instead we’ll go with Evgeny Kuznetsov’s breakaway goal 5:27 into overtime in Game 6 that gave the Capitals a cathartic victory and their first berth in the Eastern Conference finals in 20 years.GUT PUNCH LEVEL: 0. The Penguins looked gassed at the end of a long run.— VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Colorado Avalanche’s power play was nearly nonexistent for weeks. It came up big in Vancouver.Nathan MacKinnon scored Colorado’s fifth power-play goal of the game 3:36 into overtime, lifting the Avalanche to a 5-4 victory over the Canucks on Tuesday night.Colorado trailed 4-1 with 4:18 left in a wild second period before storming back.Article continues below ...”We got some momentum,” said MacKinnon Gordie Howe Jersey , who also had three assists. ”You don’t see a lot of 4-1 comebacks, especially nowadays. Teams usually shut it down.”To come back you need a good power play.”Coming in, the Avalanche were 1 for 28 with the man advantage over their previous eight games. Colorado’s power play was ranked 31st in the league on the road.”I think everyone was on their game,” said Tyson Barrie, who had a goal and four assists to set a franchise record for points by a defenseman in a regular-season game. ”We got ourselves down 4-1 and that’s not good enough. It showed a lot of character from the guys tonight. There was no quit. We didn’t change our game and our power play came up huge.”Barrie tied it with 3:01 left in the third on a one-timer with Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen off for hooking.Then, with Daniel Sedin off for hooking in overtime, Barrie passed to MacKinnon, who fired a shot from the faceoff circle past Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson.Colorado pulled three points out of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.”We were talking about desperation and playing with urgency and we’ve lacked that a little bit in the last handful of games,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. ”We felt other teams were turning it up and the competitiveness and urgency in everyone’s game at this point in the year was going up and ours wasn’t.”Tonight, we were kind of quiet (before the game), looked like a focused room. We were determined to stick with it and get rewarded.”Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists Authentic Gustav Nyquist Jersey , Gabriel Landeskog added a goal and an assist, and Tyson Jost also scored for Colorado. Semyon Varlamov finished with 24 saves.Brandon Suter and Nikolay Goldobin each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks in a wild second period. Darren Archibald and Bo Horvat also scored for Vancouver. Nilsson stopped 29 shots.Colorado finished 5 for 6 on the power play, and Vancouver was 1 for 3.”I’ve never been part of a game where you score four goals, and don’t give up an even-strength goal, and lose,” Canucks coach Travis Green said.The rookie coach stated the obvious when he said the Vancouver penalty kills need improving.”We have to find a way to block shots and get some clears,” he said. ”There’s lots that goes into penalty kills. … When you give up five power-play goals, your penalty kill isn’t sharp enough.”The Canucks scored three goals 2:41 apart to build a 4-1 lead in the second period. Goldobin put Vancouver ahead on the power play when his shot from a sharp angle was tipped over Varlamov’s shoulder with 6:59 remaining. Goldobin then created a turnover a center-ice that allowed Sutter to break in and score on a shot that hit Varlamov’s glove and went in 51 seconds later.Horvat appeared to put the Canucks in control when he scored off Brock Boeser’s pass from behind the net with 4:18 left.Rantanen then beat Nilsson with a shot from the faceoff circle with 2:03 to go in the middle period, and Landeskog tipped a shot from side of the net with 37 seconds left to pull the Avalanche to 4-3 and cap the seven-goal period.”We need to learn how to close games, how to play with the lead,” Nilsson said. ”Maybe it’s a few penalties we can eliminate Womens Henrik Zetterberg Jersey , and our penalty kill can play better. … Myself, I need to find some extra saves on the penalty kill. It’s team work and everyone needs to be a little better.”After a scoreless first period, Sutter made a nice play to set up the first goal of the game just 34 seconds into the second. Sutter stripped the puck from Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov behind the net then one-handed a pass out front to Archibald, who beat Varlamov with a quick shot to the stick side.Jost tied the game at 10:46 when he deflected Barrie’s shot from the point under Nilsson’s arm.NOTES: The Canucks signed D Erik Gudbranson to a three-year, $12 million contract. … With G Jacob Markstrom sidelined with a minor injury, Richard Bachman was recalled from Utica of the AHL and dressed as Nilsson’s backup. … The Avalanche recalled D Andrei Mironov and D David Warsofsky from San Antonio of the AHL to replace Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm, who suffered upper-body injuries Sunday.UP NEXTAvalanche: At Edmonton on Thursday night.Canucks: At Vegas on Friday night.
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