Capitals-Penguins Game 7: Anti-Climatic

Sid NoyceContributor IMay 14, 2009

WASHINGTON - MAY 13: The Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their series winning 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

That was it?

One of the most anticipated Game 7's in recent memory ended like that?

In a complete thrashing, the Penguins defeated the Capitals 6-2 to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. Pittsburgh came storming out of the gates, scoring five times before Alex Ovechkin got the Capitals on the scoreboard near the end of the second period.

Washington clearly did not live up to the hype in this huge matchup.

Ever since the Capitals scored in overtime in Game 6, Game 7 had been building in anticipation as an epic battle between the two teams. In the other six games, only one (Game 4) had been decided by more than one goal.

The Penguins were apparently the only ones to get the message.

Sidney Crosby won this round of the Crosby vs. Ovechkin war, scoring twice and calming, until next season, some of the debate of which of the two is better.

Other scorers for the Penguins included Craig Adams, Bill Guerin, Kris Letang, and Jordan Staal. Brooks Laich scored the second goal for Washington.