It's unbelievable how many times the Caps under Coach Bruce Boudreau can come back when they're down and out. Tonight, facing elimination at the Igloo against a team that's given them nightmares for many, many years, the Caps pulled out a 5-4 OT win off a Dave Steckel deflection of a Brooks Laich shot.
The odds kept mounting for the Caps as the game progressed: down after one period, down in the second, tie game late, penalty kill in the last two minutes and a hit crossbar away from elimination in OT. But somehow they persevered and somehow they forced game seven.
Only once before had the Caps defeated the Pens in a playoff OT -- and the Steckel-Laich-Matt Bradley line was able to grind out a goal in the extra session. It's now onto another game seven at Verizon Center.
A quick stat pack: the Caps are 2-4 at home in game sevens while the Pens have never won a game seven after losing a game six in a series they led 3-2 (at least that's what Joe B. seemed to say at the end of the game broadcast).
How much more can the hearts of the Caps and their fans take? We'll find out Wednesday night at a loud, red-clad Verizon Center.