Remember when the Columbus Blue Jackets were up 2-0 in this series against the Capitals and everyone was trying to figure out what would become of Ovi and the Caps? The Penguins have never won a Stanley Cup without beating the Capitals in the playoffs during their run, including all three Stanley Cups of the Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin era. "We haven't taken a breath since this started". "They won the Stanley Cup two years in a row".
The Blue Jackets fired back in the second period by killing a Washington 5-on-3 opportunity and arranging a Foligno wrist shot.
Alex Ovechkin skated to the Washington Capitals' bench to celebrate a power-play goal by hugging his teammates.
If the Stanley Cup playoffs were reseeded after the first round, the Penguins (100 points) would have faced the Tampa Bay Lightning (113 points), while the Capitals (105 points) would have faced the victor of the Boston Bruins (112 points) and Toronto Maple Leafs (105 points) series. Stevenson got a short-handed goal 1 1/2 minutes later to pad it. After Ovechkin's second-period goals, Washington never relinquished a two-goal lead.More news: G7 united against Russian Federation , doubts remain on Iran deal
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Foligno got the Blue Jackets to 5-3 at 8:22 in the third, but Columbus couldn't get closer. The Blue Jackets were 0 for 16 on power plays going back to overtime in Game 2. Eller added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds left.
"It was a war out there", Trotz said. His first goal came on a rebound at the top of the blue paint. "It was a really strong series by them, and it forced us to the limit for sure".
With a victory, the Capitals can move onto the next round of the NHL Playoffs, while a loss would return the teams to Washington for a Game Seven on Wednesday. "We've prepared well. We've used the year to better our team", said Holtby, who was spectacular in making 35 saves in Game 6. Ovechkin led the Capitals with three goals and five points. The Blue Jackets are 2-8 at home in four postseason appearances.