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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?

Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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