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Round 1 | Capitals vs. Blue Jackets

Round 1

Capitals ride Holtby, penalty kill in first round against Blue Jackets

Goalie wins each of his four starts, Washington doesn't allow power-play goal in final four games

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

The Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round for the fourth consecutive season by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 in Game 6 of the first round on Monday to win the series.

Washington twice won in overtime and won all three road games after trailing the series 2-0 to win four straight. It will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round for the third straight season.

Here are 5 reasons why the Capitals advanced to the second round:

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Blue Jackets hurt by lack of killer instinct against Capitals in playoffs

Inability to finish, subpar special teams, goaltending led to elimination

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

The Columbus Blue Jackets were in position to win a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time heading home after two overtime wins at the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round.

But the euphoria turned into another spring of disappointment when the Capitals won the next four games, including Game 3 in double overtime and Game 5 in overtime, to eliminate the Blue Jackets in six.

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Capitals advance with Game 6 win against Blue Jackets

Ovechkin scores two goals to help clinch Eastern series; will face Penguins next

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 6-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 of the first round at Nationwide Arena on Monday.

Washington won the best-of-7 series 4-2 after losing the first two games at home in overtime. The Capitals will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.

After the two home losses, the Capitals won the next two in Columbus, including a double overtime victory in Game 3. The fourth OT of the series was also won by the Capitals, 4-3 in Game 5 on Saturday.

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5 Keys: Capitals at Blue Jackets, Game 6

Washington has chance to close out series; Columbus needs better effort on home ice

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

CAPITALS AT BLUE JACKETS 

7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVAS2, FS-O, NBCSWA

Washington leads best-of-7 series 3-2

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Blue Jackets looking to reverse playoff fortunes at home

Columbus 2-7 all-time at Nationwide Arena, faces elimination in Game 6 against Capitals

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- If the Columbus Blue Jackets are to have a chance at winning a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time, they must buck history that shows home ice has been of little advantage to them.

The Washington Capitals lead the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round 3-2 going into Game 6 at Nationwide Arena on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVAS2, FS-O, NBCSWA).

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Capitals aim to put away Blue Jackets in Game 6

Seek fourth straight win to advance to second round in East

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- With three consecutive wins in the Eastern Conference First Round, the Washington Capitals have gone from being in an 0-2 hole to one victory away from eliminating the Columbus Blue Jackets and moving on to the next round.

Now that they have the Blue Jackets down for the first time in the series, they want to finish them off in Game 6 at Nationwide Arena on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVAS2, FS-O, NBCSWA) and not risk having to play a Game 7 in Washington on Wednesday.

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Backstrom provides more playoff heroics for Capitals

Forward's OT goal in Game 5 against Blue Jackets gives Washington lead in Eastern series

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Nearly a year later, Nicklas Backstrom has not forgotten the disappointment and anger he felt when the Washington Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He doesn't want to feel that way again.

Backstrom didn't have the best regular season of his career, but the 30-year-old forward is back to being a big-game player for the Capitals in the playoffs. He helped set up one goal and scored two, including a deflection 11:53 into overtime that gave the Capitals a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Capital One Arena on Saturday.

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Capitals host 6-year-old fan who went viral getting puck

Girl has moment with Connolly before Game 2, attends Game 5 with family as owner's guests

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The week keeps getting better for Keelan Moxley.

The 6-year-old girl who became an internet star after video of Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly's repeated attempts to toss her a puck went viral was a guest of the Capitals for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena on Saturday.

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Tortorella guarantees Blue Jackets will force Game 7 against Capitals

Columbus coach predicts win at home Monday after third straight loss

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella guaranteed they will force a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round after a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5 on Saturday.

Nicklas Backstrom's goal at 11:53 of overtime gave the Capitals their third straight win and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Game 6 is at Columbus on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVAS, FS-O, NBCSWA). Game 7 would be at Washington on Wednesday.

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Backstrom's OT goal helps Capitals top Blue Jackets in Game 5

Forward scores at 11:53 to give Washington lead in Eastern series

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Nicklas Backstrom scored at 11:53 of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Capital One Arena on Saturday. 

Backstrom had two goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie scored and Braden Holtby made 39 saves for Washington, which has won three games in a row to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Game 6 is at Columbus on Monday.

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