Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals: Game 7 preview, start time, TV channel
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will face off in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal on Wednesday night.
Here’s everything you need to know to get ready:
WHAT: Eastern Conference semifinal, Game 7
WHERE: Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST
WATCH: NBC Sports
LAST TIME: The Capitals dominated Game 6, building a 5-0 lead before the Penguins scored two late goals and fell 5-2. Washington has won two consecutive games to stay alive in the series after falling behind 3-1. The game sparked some controversy surrounding how the NHL handles concussions after Sidney Crosby — who sustained a concussion in Game 3 and missed Game 4 — went head-first into the boards in the first period, but wasn’t taken out of the game by a concussion spotter. He was evaluated by team doctors, but wasn’t put into concussion protocol.
WHAT’S AT STAKE: A trip to the Eastern Conference fnal to face the Ottawa Senators, who defeated the New York Rangers 4-2 on Tuesday night to advance. The Penguins had chances to close out the series in Game 5 and Game 6, but couldn’t get it done. Now, with the momnetum seemingly in Washingotn’s favor, Pittsburgh will try to hold off the Capitals on the road.
STAT TO KNOW: The Penguins are 5-0 all-time on the road in Game 7s. That’s the best postseason record in NHL, NBA or MLB postseason history, according to ESPN. Every team in Penguins history that won Game 6 of a seven-game series also went on to win Game 7 with one exception: 2009 against the Capitals. Washington won Game 6 of that series, but Pittsburgh took Game 7 on the road and went on to win the Stanley Cup.
QUOTABLE: “I think a lot of guys on both sides have been in this situation. It comes down to one game and finding a way to execute when it means most.” –Sidney Crosby on Game 7