WASHINGTON — For a lot of the Penguins' 4-2 loss to the Capitals, it looked like they were headed for a couple days off while waiting on the inevitable seven-game finish to the Senators and Rangers series. The team from Pittsburgh couldn't finish, however.
Dejan Kovacevic says 'don't panic,' and that the Penguins are still the team to move on, but the Capitals finally found a way to look like the big, bad regular season beast they showed in earning the President's Trophy. The truth is, either one of these teams was capable, is still capable and may well win this series. The Penguins, though, are the only team capable of winning it on the next try, so yes, advantage Penguins.
The difference for me when watching from the ice last night was the sound and the seismic measure of Game 5 when compared to the previous bouts. Whether legal or not, Tom Wilson set the pace for his team early in the first period by delivering thunderous shots to everyone and anyone in his sights.
I'll remind you — I can literally feel these hits when against the boards. The movement of the dashers pushes into me, and I use the severity of the push to gauge the intensity of the hit when it ripples toward me.
This doesn't necessarily translate to photographs, but let's take a look anyway as we await Game 6 Monday night: