Capitals, Ducks set to face Game 7 demons

At first blush, it looks as though the league emerged from this one, but it might not be so lucky next time.

"When you go in like that, it just kind of knocked the wind out of me".

Remember what the Capitals' game looked like?

The Washington Capitals were businesslike in their clinical 5-2 dismantling of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, and they played with the poise of a team whose work isnt done yet.

As Ovechkin enters a phase in his career when he isn't quite the dominant player he was then, he has a chance to tell a different story, a story of how he accepted his move to the third line with grace and dignity, how he put the team first and, in doing so, helped it reach new heights. They willed in a goal in the second on the individual, playoff-defining effort of Andre Burakovsky, suddenly reborn.

"We had absolutely nothing to lose", Backstrom said.

What a role reversal. The city was on fire going into that game, anticipating the first of what was expected to be multiple Stanley Cups for the Alex Ovechkin Capitals. But he just wants to win with that group and he'll do whatever is asked of him to win with that group.

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A home Game 7 in the playoffs is tough enough (a 4-10 record).

There were two thoughts running through my head watching an incredible series between the Penguins and Capitals over the past week: (a) I hope this thing never ends; (b) I hope this things ends immediately for the sake of Sidney Crosby, who apparently needs more people looking out for him. A three-time Cup victor, Williams is 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in seven chances in Game 7. Crosby scored twice and had an assist, while Ovechkin scored as well. Yeo said. "You don't have your Colorados and Detroits anymore with the physical play". At the moment, that's believable.

While tomorrow night is a big game for both teams, it is undeniably much bigger for the Capitals.

The action opens with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals battling to determine who will face the Ottawa Senators in the East. Against the Maple Leafs, he allowed 14 goals in the first four games, before giving up just two goals in the final two. Those Caps arrived home with all sorts of momentum and anticipation, and they were simply overwhelmed in a 6-2 Penguins victory.

"It gives us a little bit more confidence", Oshie said. "We have a great team". Defenceman Ron Hainsey went to boards to retrieve a loose puck in the Penguins end only to get checked by Burakovsky, who skated away with the puck and stuffed a shot past Fleury 6:36 into the second.

“Obviously theres more at stake when its the final game, ” said Carlyle, who won the Cup in 2007 but hasnt won a Game 7 since 2006. After Washington came back to win Game 5 Saturday night, Trotz talked about having "fun" going to Pittsburgh down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. There would be other chances. Or it could be one of the most painful - a much longer list over the past 25 years. If not, it will be another year where Ovechkin is spending his spring playing for a gold in the world championship rather than a Stanley Cup. It's incredible it's taken this long to bring up this fact, but it's so well-known, so much part of the fabric, that it's just assumed as common knowledge: Alex Ovechkin's Capitals have never advanced past the second round of the playoffs. Both Souray and Tom Gilbert got beat to the puck, then Joe Pavelski beat Souray around the net, then various San Jose players beat various Oilers in front of the net before the puck was banged in.

As this lost season drags on, and even the ice grows exhausted of the Edmonton Oilers skating on it, I'm noticing more goals against where the entire Oilers team just doesn't look sharp.

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