#3 The demons were exorcised
I could’ve easily made this moment number one or even number two. But I ultimately made it number three on this list but it will always be number one in our hearts after what the Pittsburgh Penguins had done to us in springs prior. Not this time. For just the second time in their franchise history, the Washington Capitals slayed the Penguins.
Alex Chiasson put the Caps up 1-0 in the second period off a fed from Nathan Walker. The Penguins would tie it on a goal from Evgeni Malkin. The third period was scoreless and the game would require overtime. With the Caps up 3-2 in the series, they wanted to wrap this up in Game 6 to avoid another dreadful Game 7.
Just over five minutes into overtime, Sidney Crosby turned the puck over entering the zone and the puck found the stick of Alex Ovechkin. He fed a long pass to Evgeny Kuznetsov and…
“Just (expletive) please score” – Ovechkin was thinking as he fed that puck down ice.
Kuzy did that and oh man I will never forget the moment. Never thought I’d see the day a Washington team broke through. Something about second round jinxes, no conference finals appearances… it’s all a thing of the past.