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Capitals believe they'll remain among contenders

Washington roster likely to remain intact after second-round loss

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Justin Williams was blunt in his evaluation of his first season with the Washington Capitals.

"Listen, it was a failure," the forward said Thursday. "I came here to try and help this team win, and we didn't do it. People will be upset about that, calling it a failure. But there's only one team that gets to finish their season with a win, and we weren't it this year, so I consider it a failure in that aspect. A positive [is] that I know what this team can do."

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Capitals need a different ending

Silent springs getting harder for Ovechkin and Co. to take

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The pain was still very fresh for the Washington Capitals on Thursday when they gathered for the final time before going their separate ways for the summer.

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5 Reasons: Why Capitals were eliminated

Ovechkin's silent supporting cast, slow starts helped seal Washington's fate

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

There's a narrative that surrounds the Washington Capitals: They can't fight through the pressure of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and waste the chances they have to advance. However true that may have been in the past, their early exit this season shouldn't be attributed to that.

In the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals had the misfortune of running into the hottest team in the NHL. Still, it was a tight series. All but one game was decided by more than one goal, and when the Capitals played their best, it still wasn't good enough to beat the Penguins.

Here are 5 reasons the Capitals were eliminated:

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Capitals need to answer same old questions

Ovechkin, Washington head into another offseason trying to figure out what went wrong

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

This season was supposed to be different for the Washington Capitals.

They finally had a team talented enough and mentally strong enough to go beyond the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and capture the franchise's first championship. Their past playoff disappointments didn't matter, they said.

This team was different, they said.

Yet, here they are again trying to pick up the pieces after having their season ended Tuesday with a shattering 4-3 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

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Steelers, Pirates, Russell Crowe praise Penguins

Pittsburgh fans celebrate advancing to Eastern Conference Final on social media

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Staff Writer

Actor Russell Crowe was one of many fans who took to social media to celebrate and congratulate the Pittsburgh Penguins on advancing to the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday after they defeated the Washington Capitals in overtime in Game 6.

Crowe let his more than 2 million Twitter followers know who he was rooting for.

Tweet from @russellcrowe: Penguins !!!!

 

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5 Reasons: Why Penguins advanced

Murray's ascent, limiting Ovechkin crucial in victory against Capitals

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

Kessel's two-goal night

WSH@PIT, Gm6: Kessel nets a pair in Game 6

R2, Gm6: Phil Kessel scores twice against the Capitals in Game 6, once in the 1st period and again in the 2nd

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PITTSBURGH -- Seven years after they last met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins again advanced past the Washington Capitals into the Eastern Conference Final.

Sidney Crosby was not the focal point this time, however. Crosby recorded two assists in six games, but the Penguins managed to score at least three goals four times, something that would have been improbable during past playoff runs.

Here are 5 reasons the Penguins advanced:

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Capitals watch season disappear in blink of an eye

Penguins' Game 6 OT goal 'happened quick,' eliminates top-seeded Washington

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Braden Holtby lay sprawled facedown on the ice, motionless. He, like the rest of the Washington Capitals, couldn't believe what happened. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino had just scored in overtime, eliminating the Capitals from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-3 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

The Penguins move on to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference final.

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Bonino atones for penalty with Game 6 overtime goal

Penguins center scores series-winner after third-period delay of game call leads to tying goal

by Wes Crosby / NHL,com Correspondent

Bonino's OT series-clincher

WSH@PIT, Gm6: Bonino buries rebound to clinch series

R2, Gm6: Nick Bonino backhands a rebound past Braden Holtby in overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 Game 6 victory, eliminating the Capitals

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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in less than an hour on Tuesday.

The low came midway through the third period in Game 6 of Pittsburgh's Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Washington Capitals, when he shot the puck into the crowd and was assessed a delay of game penalty that led to defenseman John Carlson's game-tying goal.

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Ovechkin, Capitals again fail to reach East Final

Washington eliminated in second round with Game 6 OT loss to Penguins

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Alex Ovechkin called it "funny," but there was nothing to laugh about in the Washington Capitals locker room.

There was only the familiar pain that comes with unfulfilled expectations and another, as Ovechkin put it, "missed opportunity."

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Sid-Ovi sequel doesn't equal original

Matchup doesn't yield same thrills as 2009 edition of Penguins-Capitals showdown

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Because the sequel is rarely as good as the original, it should come as no surprise that Sid and Ovi Part 2 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs didn't play to the same rave reviews as the first installment in 2009.

"Sorry to disappoint," Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said half-heartedly while smiling following a 4-3 series-clinching overtime win against the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Tuesday.

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