Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Ovechkin: 'I can't wait' to meet Penguins in playoffs once again

Ovechkin: 'I can't wait' to meet Penguins in playoffs once again

Secondly, facing the Penguins isn't just any other series.

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.

Capitals' X-Factor: We have to take the goalie in Washington, too, given the offensive potency of the Penguins and the fact Holtby wasn't the Caps' starter in either of Game 1 or 2 versus Columbus. It is the lone first round series to go seven games. Then he went out in Game 3 and picked up assists on both of the Capitals' regulation tallies before assisting on the game-winner and firing home the insurance marker in Game 4.

Washington and Pittsburgh have met in the playoffs the past two years, with the Penguins winning each time.

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For the fourth time in franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets made the postseason. "We've got to figure that out". That goes right on through the team.

Also, Foligno knows it's tough to win in the playoffs.

They got the better looks, but we also shouldn't look past the puck luck.

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There are reasons to be optimistic about the future of this young team.

A lot of this had to do with Alexander Wennberg's injury in Game 1.

"I think it depends on what you do in the series and how you play", Crosby said. "I want us to realize the potential we have in here, and I want it to happen now". Without him, the Blue Jackets became a one-line team. Games 5 and 7, if necessary, will also be played in Washington. Rather, it was the Blue Jackets' own Russian sniper, Artemi Panarin.

Fortunately for head coach Peter DeBoer, San Jose's top line of Joe Pavelski, Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi helped offset Thornton's absence by combining for 12 points in the series sweep of the Ducks.

Heading into this series, we knew Washington could hold a major advantage in special teams. Yeah, but he's 19.

The Caps have been one of the most beleaguered National Hockey League teams in the postseason. He led the Caps with five goals, including two in the clinching Game 6. That line should be strong for years to come. But here they were, within sniffing distance of catching the Capitals, not just 3-3 on the scoreboard but possibly 3-3 in a series full of overtime games.

What can get the Blue Jackets over the hump? Granted, there aren't many goaltenders who have a great time against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who Bobrovksy has had to deal with each of the past two post-seasons, but that doesn't somehow make his.897 playoff SP from 2012-13 onward any better.

The club missed the playoffs in its first three seasons under Fletcher and never advanced past the second round.

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