CAPITALS 6, BLUE JACKETS 3: Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby had 35 saves as Washington advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a win over Columbus in Game 6.
The Capitals won the Metropolitan Division with 105 points, finishing five points clear of the second-place Penguins.
Washington won four straight games after going down 2-0 at home with both games decided in overtime.
As NHL.com's Tom Gulitti noted Sunday, the Capitals are the first team in NHL history to play a combined nine overtime games in the first round of consecutive postseasons. Washington will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 2.
Momentum was shifting to the home team, but Ovechkin would soon quiet the sellout crowd of 18,637 at Nationwide Arena.
Even after being eliminated in each of the past two postseasons by the Penguins, Ovechkin is embracing the challenge. Ovechkin didn't win the Stanley Cup on Monday (it's been decades since the Cup was last awarded in April), but his play in the second period brought him and the organization a step closer toward reaching the elusive goal.
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"Please let me breathe", he said.
What a turnaround for the Washington Capitals. "It nearly gets us going, too, and makes you want to quiet them down".
"I do know on the road it seems like for whatever reason we're focused, we're driven", Washington forward T.J. Oshie said.
Washington would get on the board first when Dmitry Orlov scored from the slot with a clapper of a shot over the left shoulder of Bobrovsky. "It nearly gets us going, too, and makes you want to quiet them down".
Dmitry Orlov opened scoring with a strike from the blue line, set up by defense: Holtby stoned an Atkinson re-direct attempt that looked destined to go in, and the Capitals cleared it about 30 seconds later. That came soon after the Blue Jackets survived overlapping penalties, including 32 seconds of a 5-on-3. The Blue Jackets were 0 for 16 on power plays going back to overtime in Game 2.
The Caps' captain scored the 50th and 51st playoff goals of his career in the middle frame to put the visitors in command, 3-1.