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What Went Wrong: Breaking down the Penguins' series-clinching Game 6 OT goal vs. Capitals

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The Penguins eliminated the Capitals in Overtime of Game 6 on Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center and have advanced to the Eastern Conference Final where they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. That's literally the only way I can sum up the 3 periods of hockey between the Penguins and Capitals in Game 6. The Penguins stormed out to a 3-0 lead. We all knew the Capitals would storm back, but would they have enough time? Thanks to THREE STRAIGHT DELAY OF GAME PENALTIES FOR PUTTING THE PUCK OVER THE GLASS, they had plenty of time and then some.

When the game went to Overtime, I had no idea what to think. I was expecting the worst. I had visions of a Game 7 at Verizon Center ending poorly and all I could think about were THREE STRAIGHT DELAY OF GAME PENALTIES.

I felt this even more when Jay Beagle made one of the most ridiculous plays I have ever seen. All I could think was that the Capitals were gonna score on some fluky bounce after the Penguins couldn't score in that situation.

And then the dream line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino, and Phil Kessel happened. They ended it in Overtime. Let's take a look at what went wrong for Washington and what the Penguins did right.

Entering the Zone

The Penguins were entering the offensive zone with a basic 4-on-4 rush, with Nick Bonino carrying the puck on the right side, with Hagelin and Kessel to his left. He tried to direct the puck towards the net, but Taylor Chorney broke up the play out of mid-air. This ultimately ended up affecting the play negatively for Washington, but it's not like it was a bad play to make.

Winning a Puck Battle

All night long, the Penguins seemed to have that hunger, and were winning puck battles and winning 50/50 pucks. Carl Hagelin wins a race to the corner. This isn't surprising though, as I am somewhat convinced that Carl Hagelin could win the Kentucky Derby on foot. He makes no hesitation to try and slow down the puck to cycle, but instantly plays it to his left, where Kessel is left, unmarked.

Making a Patient Pass

Phil Kessel corrals the puck, and waits just long enough to get a good look at what is developing in front of him. While he is waiting, Carl Hagelin gains just enough space to get away from Chorney and get open for the pass.

Phil Kessel is absolutely ridiculous. What a pass.

Capitalizing on Time and Space

Carl Hagelin is great because he uses his biggest asset (his speed) to his advantage. He uses that speed and skating ability to create the time and space he needed to make a play and get a shot on goal. He has just enough space to get away from Chorney and stay on his feet.

Remarkable edge work from Hagelin to get to the shooting angle without falling down (since we know that the officials wouldn't have called a penalty on Chorney)

Net Front Presence

Nick Bonino was exactly where he needed to be at the right time. Braden Holtby made a ridiculously good save on Hagelin's shot, and Matt Niskanen lost Bonino for just a fraction of a second, long enough for Bonino to be alone in front. Nice little goal for a guy who isn't known for having the best of hands in a small space like that.

My favorite part of the end sequence is that you know that Phil Kessel would've been happy to smash the puck in for the goal if need be, or even steal the goal. Goal scorers never change, man.

Bye bye, T.J. Oshie. Have fun supporting Donald Trump this November.

The entire play happened so fast, and can be seen in its entirety below:

With that, the Penguins are onto the Conference Final. Hold onto your butts. Game 1, Friday night.