Pittsburgh-Washington: Caps Force Game Seven

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IMay 12, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MAY 11: Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinal  Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on May 11, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL's dream series has not disappointed. The Caps won the first two, then the Penguins won three straight. It has been physical, dramatic, and it will most likely finish in the same fashion it began.

Game six may have been the best game of the series, and the epic saga of Pittsburgh and D.C. is not over yet. The Capitals finally netted an overtime goal against goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but it was not one of the household names who scored the winner.

Brooks Laich slapped the puck and David Steckel deflected it mid-air off his stick for the 5-4 victory, tying the series 3-3 and forcing a game seven back in D.C.

After being out shot 18-5 and trailing 1-0 at the first intermission, the Capitals' offense woke up in the second, netting two goals, one by Viktor Kozlov and a backhander by Tomas Fleischmann, giving Washington a 2-1 lead.

Before the period could end, Mark Eaton found the net in the final minute of the second to tie it heading into the third.

Kris Letang, the hero from game three's overtime win, found the goal for the second time this playoffs, giving the Pens a 3-2 lead. Not even one minute later, Laich had a power-play goal from Alex Semin and Kozlov wrapped around the net for his second goal, the Caps leading now 4-3.

Under five minutes remaining, Sidney Crosby scored to tie the game and forced yet again another overtime.

In the extra period, the Pens nearly finished the series, but the puck went off the cross bar, and the rest is history.

The puck drops for the pivotal game seven on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center. Let's Rock the Red and finish this series and move on to the conference finals!