Capitals eliminate Blue Jackets, will face Penguins in Round 2
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Here we go again.

The Washington Capitals defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 of their first-round series, thereby advancing to Round 2 where they will face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third consecutive year.

Columbus built a 2-0 lead in the series, only to see Washington win the next four after reinstating Braden Holtby as the starting goalie in lieu of Philipp Grubauer.

Washington will enter the second round as the higher seed, but after having lost to the Penguins in each of the past two postseasons. Pittsburgh won in six games in 2016 and prevailed in seven last year, and went on to win the Stanley Cup both times.

This will be the fourth time these two teams have met in the playoffs in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby era, with Pittsburgh also winning in the second round back in 2009.

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Capitals eliminate Blue Jackets, will face Penguins in Round 2
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