With dominant win, Capitals rediscover swagger as they look to eliminate Hurricanes

Those expectations have come to fruition, with Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reporting Saturday that Oshie indeed suffered a broken collarbone and will nearly certainly miss the rest of the playoffs.

That includes a flawless 4-for-4 mark in the playoffs a year ago on the Capitals' run to the Cup when he only allowed one goal in a Game 6 series-clinching win on the road in Pittsburgh in Round 2, and then shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning in a decisive Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final (after also shutting them out in Game 6). We'll give you a list when we get back.

Oshie was a vital cog in the Capitals' run to the Stanley Cup in 2018, with 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) and six power play goals.

Alex Ovechkin scored for the third straight game, Brett Connolly also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots.

Nashville got off to another quick start, unleashing 19 shots in the first period, one of those giving the team the early lead when P.K. Subban took a shot from the point and Austin Watson was there to send home the rebound. And in a Game 7 situation, there would presumably be less away-from-the-puck nonsense to distract him.

Washington had closed out every series in its first opportunity in its march to the Stanley Cup, a streak that was snapped with Monday's Game 6 loss.

NOTES: This was the first game in the series in which the team scoring first lost. They had just one Game 7, against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and it wasn't on home ice, where Washington is 2-5 with Ovechkin on the roster. But it wouldn't be the moment the regular season's worst power play broke through, so this one needed extra time. Center Nic Dowd and defenseman Nick Jensen, both experiencing the postseason for a first time in their National Hockey League careers, said they didn't mind and actually benefited from the war stories.

"We've been here before, we've done it before", forward Devante Smith-Pelly said. "I think if I was on the receiving end of that, you kind of feel like on the outside a little bit".

The Stars will play St. Louis in the second round of these playoffs, just as they did in their previous postseason appearance three years ago.


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