Caps drop Pens in OT to advance


They won the series 4-2 as Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the overtime goal in game six.

The oft-maligned captain tilted his head back, raised his outstretched arms, and exhaled.

It is not known if he will be ready for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay later this week. He had been 0-3 in head-to-head postseason meetings with Sidney Crosby since the superstars took over the league in the early 2000s. The few chances we had, we had some good forecheck pressure but to get inside you really had to work, " Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Finally we beat Pittsburgh and finally we move to the next round. We knew it was there we just had to battle and we just had to fight through it".

At least the Capitals put themselves in position for playoff heartbreak. The Capitals received a dose of good news on Sunday when coach Barry Trotz said center Nicklas Backstrom will travel with the team after leaving in the third period of Game 5 with an upper-body injury.

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. This time, a Game 7 wasn't even necessary. It's that fourth one that's proven elusive.

Game 7 is Thursday at Nashville, Tennessee, with the victor advancing to face the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference final.

Alex Chiasson scored Washington's only goal of regulation, a shot from the right circle that gave the Capitals the lead in the second period.

Then the home crowd gasped and groaned, causing Kuhnhackl to look up. "It's just a situation where everybody has to stick together", said Ovechkin. "I'm just happy right now". "It's an emotional time for us, for our fans, for our organization", he continued.

"Nathan Walker, he played unbelievable, played like a little mother f-", he said, via Play continued. And a few minutes later Kuznetsov's goal joined Dale Hunter's overtime Game 7 victor vs. Philadelphia in the first round in 1988 and Joe Juneau's poke by Dominik Hasek vs. Buffalo in the Eastern Conference finals in 1998 in franchise lore.

"I have a lot of faith in the team", he said, via the Washington Post. You can see everybody blocking shots, everybody play defensively. We didn't panic at all. "An inch the other way, and we're going to Game 7", said Orpik, a pivotal player on the Penguins' 2009 Cup champions. If nothing else, it's worth watching for Walker's kangaroo impression.

On Tuesday, the Capitals captured the essence of their evening with one goose-bump-inducing video showing Ovechkin and the team celebrate behind the scenes after the game.