The Washington Capitals have finally done it they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime in game six and for the first time in the Alex Ovechkin era have moved onto the Eastern Conference final. The Capitals played great all game with five rookies in there lineup and defeated there arch rivals.
The Capitals played a great gritty hard fought game tonight and the long joke about can’t getting out of the second round ended tonight. It’s a safe bet to say Braden Holtby was the MVP of the series and tonight.
Holtby stopped 21 shots tonight and made big saves when needed and won the Capitals the series. Since becoming the number one goalie he’s only lost two games in the playoffs.
Nathan Walker got to play his first NHL playoff and not only was he first Australian to play in the playoffs, but he also was the first Australian to register a point having an assist on the first Capitals goal scored by Alex Chaisson.
The Capitals then moved onto overtime after a hard third period when the magic happened. Evgeny Kuznetsov broke up a pass going to Sidney Crosby that lead the puck going to Alex Ovechkins stick that lead Kuznetsov to break free when Ovechkin gave him a breakaway pass to let Kuznetsov to score a five-hole goal to give the Capitals a victory!
Even though the Penguins tied the game right after the Capitals scored in the second period the Capitals didn’t back down. They still played under control, didn’t take any dumb penalties and came home with the win.
Let’s look forward and see a confident Capitals team who will now compete in a tough series against the Tampa Bay Lightning to move forward to the Stanley Cup.