You just knew the Washington Capitals wouldn't go out with a whimper.
These were the Presidents' Trophy winners, the seemingly unbeatable Metropolitan Division champions, after all. They have had a tough time breaking through the Pittsburgh Penguins over the years, and after falling behind 3-1 in this series, it looked like the same old story.
Let's just put that narrative on hold for now.
The Capitals have won back-to-back games -- convincingly so -- to force a make-or-break Game 7 on home ice at Verizon Center on Wednesday night. Washington was dominant in Game 6 in Pittsburgh tonight, building a 5-0 lead before the Penguins scored twice in garbage time late in the third period.
"We didn't execute," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said after the game. "Tonight's not good enough. We can't expect the result we wanted with playing like that."
If you're a hockey fan, get familiar with your couch on Wednesday night: the Penguins and Capitals face off just after 7 p.m., and following that Game 7, the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks will square off from Honda Center in the night cap.
Should be fun.