In case you didn’t know, the Pens and Caps have some history.
Not only did the Pens dominate the 90s, winning 5 out of 6 playoff series, (including Petr Nedved’s snipe in quadruple OT in ’96), they continued their success in the 2000s, winning 5 consecutive playoff series between 2000 and 2017.
Plus, of those 10 playoff series victories, the Pittsburgh Penguins went on to win the Stanley Cup 5 times!
To make matters even worse (is that possible?!), the Pens won back-to-back Stanley Cups the years the Capitals won back-to-back President’s Trophy (2016 and 2017) as the top-performing NHL team in the regular season.
It’s really easy to see why Caps fans hate the Penguins!
The Caps’ regular-season success followed by postseason disappointment caused fans and critics to question Ovechkin‘s ability to win a Stanley Cup championship and not just another Rocket Richard Trophy.
Game 1 didn’t help their cause either as the Caps went up 2-0 only to lose the game 3-2.
But their game 1 defeat sparked the Caps to win 3 of the next 4 games providing a chance to knock off their longstanding rival and reigning Cup champs in game 6.
But just over 5 minutes into overtime a Crosby turnover at the Caps blue line provided Ovi the opportunity to spring Evgeny Kuznetsov on a breakaway against Murray.
Powered by their first playoff victory against the Pens since 1994, the Caps went on to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final 4-3, before defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals.