Capitals Oust Penguins In Overtime Thriller

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals - 5/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals - 5/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

And just in case Alex Ovechkin and his teammates ever forget about their playoff missteps, they need only step in front of a camera or a microphone, where the same questions are posed year after year.

This was a ideal chance to score: In overtime. The Capitals are now one win away from reaching that uncharted territory and one win away from eliminating their archrivals in Pittsburgh.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs' conference finals are almost set after the Washington Capitals knocked off defending champion Pittsburgh on Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 20 years.

Washington and Pittsburgh each traded blows during even-strength despite the Penguins being carried by their top line for nearly every game.

Maybe because there aren't many that can accurately describe the anguish Washington has felt during much of the Ovechkin Era, one filled with postseason failure after postseason failure, many of them coming with the team on the precipice of a breakthrough. "That's the only one word I have for him".

That the breaks went against the Capitals so often in this rivalry had started to wear on their room. He assisted on Kuznetsov's goal in Game 6, springing his linemate for the breakaway tally.

Were there to be any supplemental discipline for that hit, it would be another unexpected twist in a series that has been filled with them, including, for example, the Washington Capitals' being up 3-2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and having a rookie forward to thank mostly for it. He reshuffled the lines - putting Patric Hornqvist alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin alongside Phil Kessel - and the energy shifted immediately. Kris Letang scored the only Penguins goal of the game.

"I can tell you there's not a player, a coach, a trainer, ownership, (general manager) who is not trying to do everything they can to win this series", Trotz said. If the Penguins had enjoyed puck luck on their way to a three-peat, it ended soon after Kuhnhackl's shot.

"You just keep hearing that about all our sports teams, that we can't by the second round". "Pretty sure lots of expectations of ... nobody wants to believe in us this year". "An inch the other way, and we're going to Game 7", said Orpik, a pivotal player on the Penguins' 2009 Cup champions. We'll enjoy it tonight.

Instead, they heard the clank of puck off the post.

"I'm not expecting myself to score game victor in that situation", Kuznetsov said. He just kept saying how "disappointing" it was to miss that shot and to lose that game. Add in special teams play - five power-play goals and one goal scored shorthanded in the series against Boston - and it is clear Tampa Bay is going to be a tough out this time around. At times, it looked like the Penguins from 2010-2015.

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