Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots for the Capitals, who who will next face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round for the third straight season.
The Washington Capitals' superstar winger scored a pair of goals in Monday's first-round series win over Columbus, and the Metropolitan Division winners are once again set to meet Pittsburgh in Round 2 as a result. "It doesn't matter what happened, we have to stick together". "They won the Stanley Cup two years in a row".
It's always fun when these archrivals meet, although admittedly less so for the Capitals and their fans.
Look up overtime in the dictionary and there you will find the Washington Capitals.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Capitals rallied for four consecutive wins to finish off the Blue Jackets.
Even after being eliminated in each of the past two postseasons by the Penguins, Ovechkin is embracing the challenge.
Washington won four straight games after going down 2-0 at home with both games decided in overtime. In 2017, the rivals went seven games again, with the Penguins winning Game 7 at Washington, 2-0.
Soon enough, a three-goal lead was presented up on the scoreboard in favor of Washington as Chandler Stephenson went five-hole on Bobrovsky.
Overtime seems to be the norm when it comes to the Caps in the playoffs. They know how to handle the pressure. They were ousted in five games by Winnipeg this year.
"Defensively, we're a little more aware of the correct reads".
Momentum was shifting to the home team, but Ovechkin would soon quiet the sellout crowd of 18,637 at Nationwide Arena.
"He's got an exceptional shot, I think the best in the National Hockey League", defenseman Olli Maatta said.
As the third and final period got underway, Columbus wasn't able to convert on the powerplay they had at the end of the second.
Should we expect overtime in Game 6? That's the way we want it.
Immediately after the Capitals beat the Blue Jackets and finished shaking hands at center ice, Alex Ovechkin was interviewed by NBC Sports' Joe Micheletti at the team's bench. "What made you think that?"
But that's not the format. And Ovechkin said he's ready.
"I can't wait", he said, per Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post.
"We believe in each other", Ovechkin continued.
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