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The Washington Capitals can now turn their attention to the Pittsburgh Penguins and avenging some playoff disappointments.

The Washington Capitals complete the comeback, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 to clinch their first round playoff series 4-games-to-2 after dropping the first two games. The game was tied 1-1 until Ovechkin scored consecutive goals in a 5:33 span, including a power-play tally with 1:37 left in the second period.

"It was deflating", Matt Calvert said.

Game 7 will be Wednesday night in Boston, with the victor advancing to face Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference semifinals. I meant to say that Washington extended its strong penalty killing from the Blue Jackets series. Obviously, watching the Blue Jackets lose four straight games and the series hurt fans, but one fan verbalized his frustrations in NSFW comments that were picked up by CNBC mics.

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Washington coach Barry Trotz didn't want to talk about Pittsburgh yet. "Please let me breath", Trotz said.

Mitch Marner scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and added an assist as the Leafs downed the B's, 3-1 in Toronto. In overtime and in danger of falling behind 3 games to none, Lars Eller got a lucky bounce to win the game and keep the team alive.

"I think it's the same old unsafe team", Letang said. "To be honest, we probably had a week there where we were a little rattled as a group, just trying to get the group past that and establishing a belief in our game with the group that we had in there without him". The Blue Jackets slowly lost their grip on this series after Game 3, one in which they could have landed a knockout blow in overtime. Refs bad, screw over Blue Jackets.

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The only thing I know is it's a good rivalry, two really good teams, two teams that have a lot of punch offensively. For whatever reason, it dried out. "At times, we didn't get a big save". But here they were, within sniffing distance of catching the Capitals, not just 3-3 on the scoreboard but possibly 3-3 in a series full of overtime games.

The Capitals struck first again Monday night.

Another turning point in this series came the minute Braden Holtby stepped between the pipes for Washington.

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. The Blue Jackets even managed to avoid the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. It's one thing if the stars aren't finding much at 5v5 or the power play, but both?

But it all started to get back on track in 2018 - Pittsburgh was 13th in goals against from January 1 onwards, and became a top 10 team in even strength goals in the 2018 portion of the schedule with Murray improving to a.912 save percentage in the second half as well. It's going to be a huge series for us.

Washington advanced to the second round and will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The 23-year-old was in high school the first time Crosby and Ovechkin met in the playoffs in 2009 - when the Penguins blitzed the Capitals in Game 7 of the conference semifinals on their way to the Cup. The Blue Jackets are 2-8 at home in four postseason appearances.

This series was pretty evenly matched in terms of output at 5-on-5, with Columbus holding a slight edge in shot attempts (50.77 percent), goals (13-12), and scoring chances (151-147).

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