Not only does Washington have to find a way to keep Stamkos and Kucherov off the board, the Capitals will also have to figure out a way to get pucks past the Point, Palat and Tyler Johnson line, a trio that held the Bruins' top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak to two even-strength goals while scoring three of their own when they went head-to-head. The Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for only the third time since the franchise's inception in 1974 with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 6 against Pittsburgh on Monday night, a victory secured by Evgeny Kuznetsov's breakaway 5:27 into the extra period.
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. "But some of the other guys were trying but they just got pushed around in there". We have to earn it.
With the series tied 3-3, the Pens blew the Capitals away 6-2 in Game 7 en route to a Stanley Cup, the first of Crosby's career. He did all of that while going up against the Penguins top pair in Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin.
"They won the game in the first period", Hornqvist said. "I thought our window had closed and we had an old team and we had five rookies. They were all over us".
Now, it will live on in D.C. sports lore after Kuznetsov flapped his wings again upon scoring the overtime victor on a breakaway against Matt Murray, joining Calle Johansson (1994) as the only Capitals players to score a playoff series-winning goal against the Penguins.
Murray (28 saves) and Washington goalie Braden Holtby (21 saves) both made several spectacular stops that helped get the game to overtime. "It's an emotional time for us, for our fans, for our organization", he continued.
"He made some big saves", Sullivan said. "But that doesn't make a difference in our main goal".
"Pretty disappointed", Murray said. Whatever the reason, Holtby was outstanding against Pittsburgh. I only focus game by game.
"Nobody expected we were going to be in this position before this season, in this game and in these playoffs", Ovechkin said.
Wilson was already ready to move on. They played with fire and got burned and as such the Caps are moving on to the finals. "We have to digest it, see what we can learn from it, so we can be better next season".
One the Capitals believe they're finally ready to pass.
Neither Nashville nor Winnipeg has won consecutive games in the semifinal series.
"You look forward", center Evgeni Malkin said. Sullivan said Malkin could return for Game 3. At the offensive end, Sergachev and Girardi have two goals each during this playoff run. He was.955 against the Penguins in game six but in the five games prior, his save percentage was a combined.915.
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