Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Our beloved and beleagured Washington Capitals supposedly can't win without Alex Ovechkin scoring.

They can't win an overtime playoff game. They can't beat the Pittsburgh Penguins when a series is on the line.

All that's ended, and it means a riveting, entertaining series matching the NHL's two biggest names and two of its best teams is anything but over.

David Steckel (left) scored on a deflection of Brooks Laich's shot and the Capitals finally won an overtime playoff game, beating nemesis Pittsburgh 5-4 on Monday night to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"I think it's going to be great game," Ovechkin said. "I think the league wants us to play Game 7."

The Capitals, losers of their previous seven overtime games, failed to hold a 4-3 lead late in regulation when Sidney Crosby scored. They made up for it when Steckel went to the net immediately after winning a faceoff.

Laich wristed the puck from the right circle and Steckel tipped it past Marc-Andre Fleury 6:22 into the overtime for the win.

The Caps turned the game in the first period with a 5-on-3 penalty kill for 56 seconds that netted the Penguins four shots, but no goals.

Game 7 is at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night.

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