And he was proved correct.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, may be known as the City of Brotherly Love, but that concept is also alive and well in nearby Pittsburgh Monday night as the Pittsburgh Steelers showed up to support their friends the Penguins in an elimination Game 6 against the Washington Capitals.
That type of confidence was needed for Washington to overcome their struggles against Pittsburgh in the past. The Washington Capitals won 2-1 to advance the next round. Chances are, the Lightning will be far less leaky than the Penguins appeared at times during this series, including tonight. "We move forward and now I can't wait for the next game and get ready for Tampa".
"I heard the reaction of the crowd and saw on the Jumbotron that it hit the post, so that was unfortunate", said Kuhnhackl, who described it as "bitter, disappointing". Four previous times during the Ovechkin Era - including in 2009 and 2017 against Pittsburgh - the Capitals have won three games in the second round of the playoffs. This is the first time that the DC team has advanced to a conference final in 20 years.
Pushing that number to 18-5 would send the series back to Washington and force the Capitals try to explain - again - how this time will be different.
At least the Capitals put themselves in position for playoff heartbreak. Tampa will have home ice advantage for Games 1 and 2 for the next series.
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Not that the Jets want to talk about it.
"What we're focused on is what's given us success all year long, and that's just finding a way to win one hockey game. But we can't make it bigger than a game". If we're able to do that, then when it's all said and done you're reflecting on the season and you'll think about what you were able to accomplish and the magnitude of the situation.
The Predators, unlike the Jets, have been here before. The Game Six win marked the first time Ovechkin had beaten Crosby in the postseason. He blocked a shot with that hand in Game 5, and while Coach Barry Trotz said Backstrom tried to play Monday night, his status for the conference final is questionable. "If we don't, we don't play anymore".
"They're a stingy team and they did a good job of taking away those second and third chances, " Bergeron told reporters after the series-clinching loss. "I know it's a sad day for us, but we look forward".
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Washington Capitals kept trying to downplay their own forgettable playoff history, the one pockmarked with disappointment and despair. "But some of the other guys were trying but they just got pushed around in there".