Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night.
The Washington Capitals reaching the Eastern Conference final for the first time since 1998 is perhaps most special to the superstar captain and his coach who had never made it out of the second round before.
Evgeny Kuznetsov's breakway goal 5:27 into overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 on Monday night, and a berth in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 20 years.
Alex Ovechkin's initial shot clanged off the post. When the puck bounced back to him, he hit nothing but net to break a 3-3 tie in Pittsburgh and give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 advantage in the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Alex Ovechkin scored his seventh goal of the playoffs, Braden Holtby made 32 saves and the Washington Capitals built a lead and this time held on to beat the Penguins in Game 2 of the second-round series.
Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span to help the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the second-round series.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice as the Washington Capitals won their fourth straight game in the series, 6-3, eliminating the Columbus Blue Jackets and setting up an Eastern Conference semifinal series with the two-time-defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
A winner was determined in regulation for the first time in the NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series as the Washington Capitals won their second straight game to pull even with the Columbus Blue Jackets at two games apiece.
Although there was some concern about high winds that swept through the area Friday night and Saturday morning, the NHL announced Saturday that the game between the Capitals and Maple Leafs in Annapolis will start at 8 p.m. as scheduled.