Next up for Lightning: Capitals shed past failures, oust Penguins

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When his wrister ricocheted off Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik's stick, Kuhnhackl didn't see that it hit the far post. Neither do the Winnipeg Jets for that matter.

Pittsburgh and Washington played an even three periods, prompting extra time in the series decider.

Injuries forced the Capitals to put together a patchwork lineup that included a handful of rookies, such as Nate Walker, who became the first Australian to record a point in the playoffs when he set up Alex Chiasson's second-period goal.

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"None of us have ever been there". "We battled right to the end, though".

Work that in the past has proven to be too much. Four times previously during the Ovechkin Era the Capitals won three games in the second round only to come up short in Game 7.

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No pressure or anything.

Overall, Pittsburgh went 5/19 on the power play in the series which is a step below their 26.2% success rate from the regular season. "They're not afraid of challenges and they embrace these types of situations". There were plenty of sloppy moments, surprisingly tepid stretches, and Washington ended up scoring the majority of the big goals (aside from that freaky Penguins win in Game 1).

No matter. Recovering quickly and moving forward has kind of been their thing under Sullivan.

Pushing that number to 18-5 would send the series back to Washington and force the Capitals try to explain - again - how this time will be different. "An inch the other way, and we're going to Game 7", said Orpik, a pivotal player on the Penguins' 2009 Cup champions.

At least the Capitals put themselves in position for playoff heartbreak. He won Game 3 in Pittsburgh with a goal with 1:07 left in regulation.

"That's noise. It's kind of a distraction", Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said.

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Pep Guardiola was thrown in the air by his squad. "It wasn't a stolen point, it was a deserved point. We can not rely on anybody, we only have to trust ourselves".

Both teams played great defense throughout the game, making shots hard to come by. "Now we have a big job ahead of us here with Tampa".

The Predators, unlike the Jets, have been here before. "He gave us a chance to win".

It's a feeling long familiar in Washington.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Washington Capitals kept trying to downplay their own forgettable playoff history, the one pockmarked with disappointment and despair.

The theories abound why this Capitals team - which wasn't the most talented group they've had in the postseason - was the one to break through. "You know, I never focus on the history". So we're trying to check them off.

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