Washington Capitals close out their series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game where they doubled over their opponent, 6-3. The Capitals now get ready to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals for the third year in a row.
The Capitals fell early in the series against Columbus for a 0-2 deficit in the series. They quickly fought back with a resounding home stand that energized the team to with wins in the next four games in consecutive fashion.
The previous two years have seen the Washington Capitals sent packing against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins have battled the Capitals thoroughly both years, with the most exciting series in the Eastern conference being played out. Only with a slight edge (offensively), the Penguins have been able to sneak past the Capitals to enter the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
One of which yielded a Stanley Cup Title. A title that has eluded the “Great 8” Ovechkin in his storied NHL career and his Washington Capitals.
When it comes to both teams, the regular season records can be thrown out the window, as both teams face an arduous series. The two biggest faces of the NHL face each other for the third year in a row.
The early numbers do not show a favorable outcome for the Capitals from Vegas. But perhaps Ovechkin can break through the numbers game and try to win the series. Ovechkin has shown a more dedicated discipline to try and take more shots in front of the goal instead of the long distance shots from the left wing than previous playoff runs. The Capitals can’t complain, as their offense in the last four games have seen a surge of easy goals.
Something they will need against the Penguins. Despite the 4-2 series record, the Penguins have completely demolished their opposition in each of their four wins. The Capitals will need their star player to take a much more aggressive offensive stance against the always staunch Penguins’ defense in the playoffs.