Washington Capitals Complete Comeback Against Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Six

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin

And his empathy comes from similar "little brother"-style feelings in playing the proverbial nail to a heated rival's hammer".

"That's the important moment and I thought I could step up in this moment", Bobrovsky said. Ovechkin and Crosby. Evgeni Malkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

Ovechkin got his second of the night when his infamous one-time shot from the right faceoff circle (his office) went past Bobrovsky and off the post to double the Caps' lead as the second period started to dwindle down.

Washington gets another crack at the Penguins in a second-round series that begins Thursday. He had a few nice games early in the series, but allowed at least three goals in every game and finished with a.900 save percentage which, unfortunately, is slightly better than his previous career playoff save percentage. The Capitals won each of the three games in Columbus. He doesn't often get credit for coming up clutch, but he's proven time and again that he can be a big-game player.

"Being a part of (the losing end of one-sided rivalry) for that long, it's something that grows on you", Aston-Reese said.

Columbus jumped to a 2-0 series lead with two overtime wins in Washington and looked poised to advance to the second round for the first time in playoff series.

You have to give credit to Washington they played well.

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John Tortorella and his team then somehow squandered their advantage and lost 4-2 in the series.

True, none of the current players or coaches was around for the majority (seven) of those 10 prior series, and only a handful were present for any more than the 2015 and "16 Penguins" wins. They had a great start. Pittsburgh is 9-1 all-time in the postseason against Washington regardless of who is in the black-and-gold sweaters and who is in red, white and blue.

Then something amusing happened.

Game 1 will be played at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. This is the third year in a row that these two teams will go head-to-head in the second round.

For Columbus, there are lessons to be learned that they will talk about in July and hope to come back even stronger next year with the objective of winning their first playoff series in franchise history. "The game is going to be won differently".

"I do know on the road it seems like for whatever reason we're focused, we're driven", Washington forward T.J. Oshie said. Capitals individual playoff tickets go on sale at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

It would be an easy statement to say that both Holtby and Bobrovsky were their teams best performers throughout the six games of this series. "I don't think it plays a huge role". "Like, don't get me wrong, those series went the distance, they went to overtime". The aggregate score of those 20 games is 63-55, not at all lopsided. "And it makes the rivalry that much more heated, makes it that much more fun".

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