By Dan Rosen
NHL.com Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH – After whiffing on an open net barely 20 seconds into overtime in Game 5, David Steckel , who played for the Reading Royals as a rookie in 2004-05, started telling himself, “If I get the chance again…”
It’s rare that those opportunities come up, but he got one Monday night that made him forget that missed chance just two nights earlier — one that gave Evgeni Malkin a chance to capitalize with the winning goal.
Steckel stuck out his stick and deflected Brooks Laich’s point shot down and past Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for the overtime winner 6:22 into the extra session Monday night, giving the Caps a 5-4 win and new life in the epic series.
Game 7 is set for Wednesday night at Verizon Center.
“It felt pretty good,” Steckel said. “I was really down after that (missed chance in Game 5). I mean, it was right there and then two minutes later you lose a game like that. I told myself if I had a chance to do it again, I wouldn’t miss. Obviously it’s a different situation, but it feels good.”