A brief history of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals in the NHL Playoffs

Pens win. Caps choke. Rinse. Repeat.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Something about this NHL season would have felt incomplete if the Penguins and Capitals didn’t get the opportunity to face off in the playoffs. Let’s be real, Pittsburgh fans would have been quite happy to not have to face the top team in the conference in the second round. A hot-dog-laden tour of Toronto led by Phil Kessel would have felt just fine, thankyouverymuch.

And, yet, as much as the ultimate goal of winning back-to-back championships should be at the forefront of the Pens’ mindset no matter who they face in Round 2, a seven-game spat with the Caps is going to be SO. MUCH. FUN.

Crosby! Ovechkin! Malkin! Backstrom! Kessel. … Other players who play for the Capitals! It’s the series hockey fans need. It’s the series hockey fans deserve. And the Penguins are totally going to win.