Meanwhile, before heading to Columbus for Game 3, Ovechkin didn't hide. Matt Calvert led the team with three goals. The last time the Capitals won four straight games in a series was in 1990 against the Rangers to advance to the conference finals. It is the lone first round series to go seven games. So, we have to play better before, a little bit.
Washington coach Barry Trotz didn't want to talk about Pittsburgh yet.
"Please let me breathe", he said. "It's a huge series for us". He's has to save the Devante Smith-Pelly goal and likely should have had the Chandler Stephenson short-handed goal as well.
Dubois managed to get on the scoresheet with a late goal in Game 6, but that was his only mark over the final three games.
"I do know on the road it seems like for whatever reason we're focused, we're driven", Washington forward T.J. Oshie said. "We didn't get off to a good start and had to dig ourselves out". They've done so three times in the Ovechkin era. This gave the Capitals an opportunity to score with one less Blue Jacket on the ice when Seth Jones was penalized for holding Ovechkin.
"I think it depends on what you do in the series and how you play", Crosby said. His first goal came on a rebound at the top of the blue paint.
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For Columbus, there are lessons to be learned that they will talk about in July and hope to come back even stronger next year with the objective of winning their first playoff series in franchise history.
Foligno got his first of the playoffs halfway through the second when he snapped a shot past Holtby from the right circle.
It wasn't just the Blue Jackets' power play that was shut down in the second half of the series - their star players had a lot of trouble producing at 5-on-5 as well.
The Caps' captain scored the 50th and 51st playoff goals of his career in the middle frame to put the visitors in command, 3-1.
The Blue Jackets sorely need another guy performing at Panarin's level. Ultimately, Lars Eller upped the Capitals score to six when he scored with 14 seconds left on the clock.
"It was a war out there", Trotz said. The Capitals had already dropped the first two games of their first round series against the Blue Jackets, and for a time Tuesday night, dual D.C. sweeps was an all-too-real and humiliating possibility. The Blue Jackets got out to a 2-0 series lead against the Washington Capitals. The Blue Jackets are 2-8 at home in four postseason appearances.
Washington also turned to veteran starting goaltender Braden Holtby after those first two losses and he posted a.932 save percentage in the series, which is typical of his playoff track record.