The Washington Capitals have defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ha, what a ridiculous-ass opening sentence that was. Seems fake. But it’s not. Lemme tell you about it. You’re gonna like the part where the Caps win and it’s not in overtime.
The Blue Jackets came out of their cage and they were doing just fine until Dmitry Orlov tamped them down with a slapshot from the circles. Nick Foligno tied the game with a tricky rip in the second period, but Alex Ovechkin replied with two goals – one at evens, another from the Ovi Spot – to give the Caps a comfy lead headed into the third period.
That lead shrank quickly, as Pierre-Luc Dubois converted after a trip went uncalled behind the Caps goal line. A breakaway for Devante Smith-Pelly put the Jackets back in the two-goal hole. Chandler Stephenson put the dagger in with a shorthanded goal. Nick Foligno injected life back into Nationwide Arena with a tip-in with about 12 minutes remaining, but Lars Eller got a long-distance empty netter with fourteen seconds left, and that was that.
Caps beat Blue Jackets 6-3. Washington win the series 4-2.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 23, 2018
Cool. More Caps hockey. I like that.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are a damn good hockey team. This was a fine series, and it could have gone either way. Lumbus will be even better next year, and now I’ll look forward to their dates with Washington even more.
With Toronto forcing Boston to a Game Seven, we’ll have some time off before the second round begins. The Caps’ opponent will be a club from Pittsburgh called the Penguins.
The Penguins team has enjoyed some success lately, and some sources are reporting that they’ve eliminated Washington in two straight postseasons in fashions to heartbreaking that we can no longer enjoy food or sustain eye contact or make love anymore.
Headline photo: Kirk Irwin
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