Stanley Cup playoffs: Capitals can't shake curse as Penguins prevail


The Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 2-0 in game seven of their NHL playoff series on Wednesday.

Washington were done in again by the scripture they came so desperately close to debunking.

Marc-Andre Fleury's 29 saves and missed opportunities led to a Penguins victory, the defending champions reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for a second consecutive year after advancing through the nation's capital.

The Capitals have now lost seven of 10 game sevens in the Alex Ovechkin era -- twice at the hands of the rival Penguins.

Pittsburgh improved to 6-0 all-time in game sevens on the road and Washington have not been to the Conference Finals since 1998.

Three stars

Jake Guentzel, Penguins - Guentzel assisted on Bryan Rust's goal, giving him 14 points to pass Jaromir Jagr (1991) for most in a playoff year by a Penguins rookie.

Bryan Rust, Penguins - Rust had not scored all series, but got the first goal of the game for his fifth of the playoffs. It was Rust who scored both Penguins goals when they edged the Tampa Bay Lightning in game seven of last year's Eastern Conference Finals. He now has nine points (eight goals, one assist) in 12 career playoff elimination games.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins - Fleury's shutout was the first of this postseason and the ninth of his playoff career. It was the 10th road shutout in NHL game seven history.