NHL: Caps drop Penguins in OT to win series

NHL: Caps drop Penguins in OT to win series

Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point had three each; Center Steven Stamkos and defenseman Dan Girardi had two, the latter tallying the overtime victor in Game 4, and center Anthony Cirelli had his first playoff goal to round out the secondary scoring. The Capitals beat Pittsburgh in the playoffs for only the second time in 11 tries by playing a disciplined style dictated by Trotz, one that focuses on responsibility at both ends of the ice. "It's always thrown in your face everywhere you turn". "I know it's a sad day for us, but we look forward".

After battling back from trailing by two goals in the third period for a 3-2 win in Game 1, Pittsburgh didn't have much success late in games as the series progressed.

Evgeny Kuznetsov experienced plenty of frustrating moments on Monday, but the talented center ended Game 6 in overtime with a semi-breakaway 2-1 goal.

The Capitals, who won the series 4-2, advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 20 years. "Thank God this happened".

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We'll find out after the game's conclusion what the Penguins players thought of the wild, but heartfelt, show of support from their crosstown brethren, but it was clear that, if nothing else, the Steelers were getting the crowd fired up. His loss in game six marks the first time he's ever lost an elimination game even though he played a spectacular game. Twice the Capitals rallied in the third period to stun Pittsburgh, including a four-goal outburst in Game 5. These Penguins aren't spring chickens, after all, and Game 6 gave the impression that some key guys were tired, hurt, or both. Ovechkin has been the heart and soul of the Capitals this whole season and his entire career for that matter, and it showed in this series.

The schedule for the Eastern Conference finals have not been released.

Kuznetsov took a lead pass from Alexander Ovechkin and tucked the puck by Matt Murray to end Pittsburghs two-year reign as Stanley Cup champions and propel the Capitals into the NHLs final four for the third time in franchise history. This wasn't simply a historic win for the Capitals in the Ovechkin Era, but an emotionally charged comeuppance against their archrivals.

"I'm just going to digest this right now", Trotz said when asked about Backstrom on Monday night. "But I never focus on the history". He just kept saying how "disappointing" it was to miss that shot and to lose that game. They finally slayed the black and gold dragon known as the Pittsburgh Penguins. "He gave us a chance to win. But right now we still got a lot of work to do". You can see everybody blocking shots, everybody play defensively.

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