The Capitals are alive and well after game 6. Most of us thought they were dead after game 4, I mean they couldn't even beat the Penguins without Sidney Crosby, how could we expect them to do it with him playing. In game five they came from behind to win after a strong showing in the 3rd period and overtime propelled them to victory. It was at that point that the Capitals finally found their regular season groove in the postseason. I have no idea what happened, but something finally clicked, and now the Washington Capitals have erupted like a dormant volcano.
Tonight, was the Pittsburgh massacre, Caps went into Pittsburgh and slayed the Penguins showing no mercy along the way. It wasn't even a competition, the Capitals were men amongst boys tonight. Fleury who looked dominant all postseason got picked apart by the Capitals offense. Nicklas Backstrom, finally showed up tonight, hopefully this was his coming out party in this series, since it just goes to show how well the Caps do when he does well. T.J. Oshie, kept contributing by setting his teammates up, and he kicked off the scoring when he got the first goal of the game on a power play. Kuznetsov continues to have a huge series, he's been a huge reason for the Capitals success this postseason, seems like he's in on every scoring play. Andre Burkaovsky, the sleeper player of the night came up huge for the Capitals scoring two unassisted goals. For a random player like Burkaovsky to do that is a huge boost for the Caps and it's no wonder why the dominated the scoreboard tonight.
The Penguins showed some fight at the end scoring a couple goals in garbage time, but at that point it was way beyond over already. Do I think the Penguins are in trouble? Most definitley, Capitals are hotter than ever, Capitals also have home ice advantage in game 7, and the Penguins have lost all momentum. It is just one final game to decide it all, though, so anything can happen. If anyone can bounce back from a 5-2 beat down in game 6 it's this Pittsburgh Penguins team. They have championship experience, they're battle tested, and they should never be counted out. The Capitals have choked much worse in the playoffs before, so to rule any opponent they're facing dead before the series is over would be foolish.
I knew the Capitals flipped the switch in the 3rd period of game 5, but boy I had no idea this performance was going to follow it up. If they come out with this same level of play in game 7 the Penguins have no shot, Caps are just too good. If the Capitals play their game in game 7 they should win, especially with their home crowd riding behind them. Will the Penguins pull off the ultimate choke job or will the Capitals fall short once again. It all comes down to a game 7 to decide it all, funny since that's pretty much what everyone thought this series would come down to before it even started. Keep the games coming, Caps-Pens has been amazing hockey, a great series regardless of the outcome.