#2 Exorcising the demons in Pittsburgh
This moment ended a citywide curse. It was a curse that stretched over the course of two and a half decades, no D.C. team in the major four getting past the second round. On May 7, 2018 everything would change once and for all and the Caps would do it in overtime in enemy territory.
First the Caps got a goal in the second period from Alex Chiasson that was assisted by Nathan Walker. Walker became the first Australian born player in NHL history to record a point in a playoff game. Earlier in the season he scored in his NHL debut on a night where Alex Ovechkin had a hat trick.
Evgeni Malkin would tie it and nobody would score in the third. The game would require overtime and the Caps weren’t phased whatsoever. Crossing mid ice in the overtime, Sidney Crosby turned the puck over to Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin found a streaking Evgeny Kuznetsov and fed the puck down the ice for him to finish it off.
There were signs throughout that series that things would be different. From a clutch goal by Ovechkin in Game 3 to resiliency in Game 5 despite having Tom Wilson serving a three game suspension. It was fitting it would be this team that would be the ones to take down the Pens.