It's a series in which the Pens have outscored the Caps by a single goal through six games. They have each won once in the other team's barn. They have played three overtime games and two other one-goal matches. According to the Caps' PR staff, the teams have been tied or within a goal of each other 92 percent of the time in this series.From USA Today...
Still, when the horn sounds sometime Wednesday evening, it will mark the end of the road for one team and the end of one of the most compelling playoff series in recent memory.
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.
Imagine a football playoff game with non-stop screwball occurrences — passes bouncing off cornerbacks' hands straight to receivers for touchdowns, or a team with 1st-and-goal at the 2, but unable to score. Worthy of your attention?
So are the Penguins and Capitals.
They'll play Game 7 Wednesday night in Washington, and if the NHL can't get any mileage out of this series, it might as well put up the sticks and pucks and reintroduce itself as the Ice Capades.
The game will mark Alexander Ovechkin's third Game 7 in the NHL playoffs and Sidney Crosby's first.
For all of his talent and success, Sid the Kid is still relatively, well, a kid.
"I have watched a lot of Game 7s, but this will be my first one," said Crosby, 21. "I have never played one in juniors or any level."
Crosby and 22-year-old teammate Kris Letang asked the, ahem, more experienced Bill Guerin for some words of advice Tuesday while skipping the optional skate at Pittsburgh's practice facility.
"Somebody is going home," Crosby said.
The match-up marks only the fourth time since 1976 the MVPs of the previous two seasons faced each other in the post-season. In addition to boasting the last two Hart Trophy winners (Ovechkin and Crosby), this series also features the league's past three scoring champions (Malkin, Ovechkin and Crosby), each of whom put up over 100 points this season.From NHL.com
The series marks only the fourth time since 1976 the last two Hart Trophy winners will face each other in the post-season.
A lot of people are on the periphery of the hype in this epic Eastern Conference Semifinal round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.
Alex Ovechkin is front and center of it all. As you would expect from the Capitals' energetic left wing, he loves every bit of the attention, which only promises to grow exponentially by Wednesday night when he leads the Caps into Game 7 against the Penguins at Verizon Center (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS).