Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Jets, Caps hope to join Tampa Bay, Vegas in conference finals

Jets, Caps hope to join Tampa Bay, Vegas in conference finals

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 is searching for its first trip to the Eastern Conference finals in 20 years. No one knew how well he was going to play considering he's struggled against the Penguins, but he was fantastic in all six of these games. Overall, he's.924 since coming in during the Columbus Blue Jackets in that series.

This marks the first time the Penguins have been eliminated in three years after beating the Capitals in each of the past two postseasons before going on to win the Stanley Cup. He was able to stand on his head and allow his team to win. He finished the postseason with a 6-6 record and a.908 save percentage after posting a combined.928 save percentage in the previous two postseasons.

Sometimes it's just best for both sides if you move on. Sidney Crosby turned the puck over to Ovechkin to set up the play of the game. In the end, Washington got better goaltending than Pittsburgh and that made a huge difference.

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

Tomlin, of course, needed to be near the action so he could accidentally stick a foot out in front of Alex Ovechkin on a breakway.

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Maybe because it's what the Penguins always seem to do instead. "It was a close series and overtime could have went either way tonight". Pittsburgh's power play wasn't as sharp as it usually is and that can happen in a playoff series. Intercepting those passes when the Penguins overpassed looking for a shot. Braden Holtby, benched at the start of the playoffs, stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced and received a dash of luck when Pittsburgh's Tom Kuhnhackl hit the far post early in the extra period. This time, a Game 7 wasn't even necessary.

This was a new feeling for the Penguins to absorb, a season ending not with another Cup celebration but a handshake line on their home ice, offering congratulations to the Capitals, of all the NHL's teams.

The Capitals captured the series, 4 games to 2, with a 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday night.

Backstrom is third on the Capitals with 13 points (three goals, team-leading 10 assists) in the postseason. That was a major reason for their elimination.

Seated in a box with Ben Roethlisberger, David DeCastro, and JuJu Smith-Schuster among others and the game tied at 1-1 late in the second period, Villanueva felt the time was right to strip off his Penguins jersey and douse himself with beer. The Capitals rallied for a Game 5 win after trailing into the third period. Take the Penguins in this one.

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