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Capitals Oust Penguins In Overtime Thriller

09 May 2018

The Washington Capitals are moving on.

The Capitals' $7.8 million man proved his worth this season as Ovechkin's emerging co-star, and has become one of the more colorful personalities in the National Hockey League.

"It's always thrown in your face, everywhere you turn", said Trotz. I said before the playoffs started that this might be the year the Caps would do something, because not much was expected of them. It could have been Barry Trotz after Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by the same score Monday on Evgeny Kuznetsov's overtime victor in Game 6 to end a 20-year drought between trips to the conference finals.

Overall, Pittsburgh went 5/19 on the power play in the series which is a step below their 26.2% success rate from the regular season. Four previous times during the Ovechkin Era - including in 2009 and 2017 against Pittsburgh - the Capitals have won three games in the second round of the playoffs.

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom did not play in Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins because of an upper body injury and is day-to-day.

"I'm not expecting myself to score game victor in that situation", Kuznetsov said. "But I never focus on the history".

"Nathan Walker, he played unbelievable, played like a little mother f-", he said, via It's a recipe that helped them win Game 5 in Nashville, a 6-2 victory on Saturday, and one they will need again Thursday. That was two long months ago, and the team that celebrated in an equal parts joyous and relieved dressing room on Monday night doesn't look like the one that was still searching for its legs in mid-winter.

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After a scoreless first period, Washington took the lead through Alex Chiasson early in the second.

"We knew it was going to be a tight series", Crosby said. "I don't think any of us have been looking forward because nothing had been handed to us".

Washington will do it with a resurgent Braden Holtby. He's not a passenger in this run to the conference finals, but a driver.

"They're a great team, one of the best that's played", Holtby said. "But that doesn't make a difference in our main goal. On the way to the Stanley Cup, we're only halfway there".

"The third round isn't the Cup". We have to refocus now. We'll enjoy it tonight. At one point, the high-danger chances in game five were 20-3 in favor of the Penguins. This is their best chance at the club, one they're intent on not squandering. In the few years, yeah, we've done great things. "Make the playoffs. First round".

"When the buzzer sounded, the Capitals poured off the bench to mob goaltender Olaf Kolzig, whose 29 saves gave him his second consecutive shutout and third of the postseason", Alexander wrote. "Trust me. We're trying as hard as we can and at the end of the day that's all we can promise". On Monday, he was eliminated from the playoffs for the first time at the hands of the Washington Capitals. It's over and done. Pittsburgh won nine of its 10 previous playoff meetings with Washington, including taut second-round triumphs in 2016 and 2017 on their way to becoming the first team in almost 20 years to win consecutive Stanley Cups.

Capitals Oust Penguins In Overtime Thriller