While the Penguins were resting up after their series victory over the Flyers, the Washington Capitals were in Columbus looking to wrap up their series against the Blue Jackets. A 6-3 victory by Washington means the Penguins and Capitals will meet in the second round for the third consecutive year. This will be the 11th time the Penguins have Capitals have met in the playoffs, all since 1991.
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Wake up with this Tuesday edition of Pens Points...
Any series between the Penguins and Flyers is going to be a wild ride and this year was no different. In fact, the back and forth nature of Game 6 was a fitting ending for a series that came off the rails all the way back in game 1. [Penguins]
During Sunday’s Game 6, the Penguins mic’d up a player to catch his reactions during the game. Luckily for the Penguins, not only did the team win and eliminate the rival Flyers, they also had a mic on the game’s hero Jake Guentzel. [Trib Live]
Jake made a bit of history with his offensive outburst on Sunday afternoon. While scoring 4 goals is always a big deal, it becomes a little biggers when it happens in the playoffs. Guentzel’s effort was only the fourth four goal playoff game in the last 20 years and the first by a Penguins players since Kevin Stevens in 1992. [Pensburgh]
In the waning moments of Game 6 Flyers fans began littering the ice with beer cans and other paraphernalia that cause a long delay after Bryan Rust scored his goal into the empty net. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford did not pull any punches when asked about the actions after the game. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
A local Pittsburgh area funeral home had a little fun with the Penguins series victory and created special prayer cards to mourn the Flyers season that ended at the hands of their bitterest rival. [KDKA]
With all of the discussion about how important home ice was for the Pens hopes of another Stanley Cup it didn’t seem to matter much in the first round. Winning all three games at Wells Fargo Center shows it doesn’t matter where the games are being held for the Penguins to beat you. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
The Penguins may have gotten the best of the Flyers in this series but you can see the Flyers are building what should be a contender in the very near future. Young stars flanked by skilled veterans should mean the Flyers will be in the mix down the road. [Trib Live]
News and notes from around the NHL...
After an unsuccessful stint behind the Carolina Hurricanes bench, Bill Peters is headed to Alberta where he will take over the reigns for the Calgary Flames. With a young core in place, the Flames are hoping Peters can push them to the next level. [NBC Sports]
Stanley Cup Playoff Scores
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 1 (Series tied 3-3)
Washington Capitals 6, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (Washington wins 4-2)