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Capitals Look To End Penguins’ Elimination-Game Streak

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The Washington Capitals head into Monday night’s Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins looking to end the Pens’ success in elimination games.

Washington leads the series 3-2 and can advance to the Eastern Conference final with a win, but the Penguins have had a knack for winning elimination games under coach Mike Sullivan.

The Capitals are 1-9 all time in postseason series against the Pens, who have served as a difficult hurdle for the Caps to clear in recent years.

“It’s not over yet,” Capitals winger Brett Connolly said. “They’re a good team. We know that. (Game 5) obviously a big win. We just need to find a way this year. We need to find a way to get that last win no matter what it takes.”

“I can tell you how I feel if there’s four wins,” Washington goaltender Braden Holtby said. “Where it’s at right now doesn’t matter at all. All that matters is the next game. That’s got to be our mindset if we want to have success and take a mature approach to it.”

“We’ve done it before,” Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin said.

“We know we’ve got it in this group. We’re going back home. We’ve been good at home all year. We win one game there, come back (to Washington) and play a Game 7. That’s nothing new to us, nothing we’re afraid of. We’ve just got to bring our best effort again in Game 6.”

“It comes down to character and the people we have in our dressing room,” he said.

“Everybody understands the situation,” Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. “It brings out everyone’s best. You don’t have anything to save it for, so you go out there with one focus, and that’s win a hockey game and get to a Game 7. That’s our mindset here.

“We have a lot of good things to build off. We just need to make sure we keep going, keep playing the same way.”

It should be a fun game on Monday night, but if the Caps can’t pull off the victory, is the series over before the puck drops for Game 7?

Eastern Conference

Islanders’ Waive Andrew Ladd

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The New York Islanders have placed Andrew Ladd on waivers, according to an official team announcement.

“He’s played the maximum number of conditioning games–five games” Islanders’ general manager Lou Lamoriello said.”He needs to play in games to see exactly where the strength is and where the liabilities are and so forth. So we’ll get him down, he’ll leave today to go up to Belleville and play this weekend at Belleville and Laval.

There’s no timetable. His play and physical fitness will determine that.”

Ladd, who inked a seven-year, $38.5 million contract back in 2016, has not played in a game for the Islanders this season.

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Bruins’ Zach Senyshyn Out Four Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

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Boston Bruins’ promising young forward Zach Senyshyn will miss around four weeks of action with a lower-body injury, according to a team announcement.

Senyshyn will be reevaluated in approximately four weeks.

In a corresponding move, the Bruins have recalled Trent Frederic from the AHL to take Senyshyn’s spot on the roster.

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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby Out Six Weeks Following Surgery

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar Sidney Crosby will be out for a minimum of six weeks following core muscle surgery, according to an official team announcement.

Crosby has been dealing with a sports hernia since training camp, and the Penguins are hoping he can bounce back once he is again healthy.

Crosby, 32, tallied 17 points through the first 17 games of the season.

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