Washington Capitals take series against Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2


'But how many Stanley Cup has he won?' they ask, rhetorically.

Soon enough, a three-goal lead was presented up on the scoreboard in favor of Washington as Chandler Stephenson went five-hole on Bobrovsky.

As NHL.com's Tom Gulitti noted Sunday, the Capitals are the first team in NHL history to play a combined nine overtime games in the first round of consecutive postseasons.

Yes, for the third time in three years, the Capitals will play the Penguins, hoping to take down the defending Stanley Cup champions and advance out of the second round of the playoffs and to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since the 1998 season, when the team made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. After Ovechkin's second-period goals, Washington never relinquished a two-goal lead.

Tickets for the first two Round 2 home games went on sale Monday morning, although the dates for those two games are not known at this time.

"I can't wait", Ovechkin told reporters after the game.

It wasn't enough for Columbus, as they would lose the game 6-3 and lose the series 4-2. "It seems like we nearly like it when an opposing team's crowd gets into it".

The Capitals are the first team in National Hockey League franchise history to play a combined nine OT games in the opening round of back-to-back postseasons.

The captain kept it up late in the second by scoring from his office at the left circle on a power play. The Blue Jackets will see their career playoff series record drop to 0-4.

Shortly after Holtby held off a Columbus barrage, Orlov got his first goal of the series when he skated into the slot and rifled a slap shot over Bobrovsky's glove side with 7:48 left in the first.

Foligno got the Blue Jackets to 5-3 at 8:22 in the third, but Columbus couldn't get closer. But Smith-Pelly increased the Capitals' lead again 91 seconds later.

Foligno would give Columbus a little life as he got his second of the game with an easy tap-in past Holtby nearly nine minutes into the third period.

Lars Eller accounted for the 6-3 final score with a long-distance empty-netter in the waning seconds of the contest.