Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Caps drop Penguins in OT to advance

Caps drop Penguins in OT to advance

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.

This was a ideal chance to score: In overtime.

BC-HKN-Capitals-Penguins, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 906Caps drop Penguins in OT to advance to conference finalsAP Photo PAGP114, PAGP110, PAGP112, PAGP115, PAGP108, PAGP107, PAGP105, PAGP104, PAGP102, PAGP101Eds: Capitals 2, Penguins 1.

The Capitals finally got over the hump Monday night, as Evgeny Kuznetsov buried an overtime victor in Game 6 of Washington's second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Penguins to lift his team to its first Eastern Conference finals appearance since 1998.

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins faced an important matchup with the Washington Capitals on Monday night in hopes of saving their playoff series. All of the credit should go to the Capitals. 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.

The Capitals played a systemic game, crowding Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin and allowing the Penguins few scoring chances, if any.

"You just keep hearing that about all our sports teams, that we can't by the second round".

The Washington Capitals had plenty of excuses to not finish off the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at PPG Paints Arena on Monday. "I think this group knows how hard it is to win in the playoffs". We're just looking to get the job done and maybe after we can talk about the feelings.

"I don't want to lie: It tasted a little bit better", said Kuznetsov.

"We lost lots of great players, and young guys stepping up and gave us a chance to win". You can see everybody blocking shots, everybody play defensively. "Obviously we knew we had to take this opportunity and get a win". "We believe in each other", Ovechkin said afterwards. "If we had lost tonight, that's all we would have heard for the next 48 hours".

Capitals coach Barry Trotz talked about ending the playoff suffering and cleaning the skeletons out of the closet but claimed supreme confidence after Kuhnhackl's shot missed the net.

The Pens scored on their first shot of the 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. To be fair, the Penguins looked remarkably flat at times with their season on the line.

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