For the third year in a row, the Washington Capitals will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Washington lost the last two series, but this year feels different.
After Monday night's thrilling 6-3 win, the Washington Capitals have clinched their series against the Columbus Blue Jackets and secured their spot in the second round against - who else? The Pittsburgh Penguins.
Alex Ovechkin's prediction that his team would go to Columbus and win two straight games was realized as the Capitals destroyed the Blue Jackets 4-1 to tie the Stanley Cup playoff series at 2-2. The teams head back to Washington.
The Washington Capitals find themselves down 2-0 in their NHL Stanley Cup playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets - but the Caps can only blame themselves for the predicament they have found themselves in.