Capitals eliminate Blue Jackets with Game 6 win

Alex Ovechkin scored the 50th playoff goal of his career and added one more later as the Washington Capitals finished off the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 6-3 victory in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Monday night in Columbus.

The Capitals won the series 4-2 despite dropping the first two games of it at home -- and both in overtime.

Washington advances to play Pittsburgh in the second round. The Capitals have lost nine of the 10 times they have taken on the Penguins in the playoffs, including the last seven.

Ovechkin's milestone goal was a tiebreaker and gave the Caps the lead for good at 2-1 with 7:10 left in the second period. He scored on a backhander, putting away the rebound of a Brooks Orpik (two assists) shot.

Ovechkin stretched it to 3-1 on a power-play goal with 1:37 remaining in the period on a one-timer off a John Carlson pass.

Ovechkin finished the series with five goals, and Carlson ended up with eight assists. Jay Beagle added two assists Monday.

Washington goalie Braden Holtby started for the fourth straight game after Philipp Grubauer got the nod in the first two. Holtby has been strong since then and made 35 saves in this game.

The Capitals scored first for the fifth time in the series thanks to a bullet from Dmitry Orlov. He took a pass from Matt Niskanen, skated between the circles and fired a high shot past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky with 7:48 left in the first period for a 1-0 Washington lead.

Columbus killed off overlapping penalties in the second period and tied the game shortly thereafter when Nick Foligno fired a shot from the right side past Holtby at 8:40.

Ovechkin then put the Caps in front with his two second-period goals.

Pierre-Luc Dubois cut the lead to one for Columbus early in the third period before Devante Smith-Pelly and Chandler Stephenson (one goal, one assist) scored 94 seconds apart for a 5-2 Washington lead with 14:30 left in the game.

Foligno added a second goal later in the period before Lars Eller gave the Caps an empty-netter in the final minute as Washington notched three in the third.

--Field Level Media