"The Hurricanes" coach in that Game 7 against Edmonton was none other than Peter Laviolette, who's waiting for the Ducks or Oilers in the Western Conference final with the Nashville Predators.
The series and game will come down to resiliency; which team will put their past behind them and focus on one game.
"I've got to believe that (the momentum from Game 6 is) going to roll over, that they're finally sick and exhausted of hearing that they haven't gone to the third round and will break through", Boudreau said.
The Capitals are battling history and bad omens.
Crosby played in Game 6 of a second-round matchup with the Washington Capitals on Monday and colliding head-first with the boards behind the Washington net in the first period.
#5 - It may not be as glamorous as goals, but the Penguins are excelling in the faceoff circle. Whereas Sidney Crosby and his Penguins are still the reigning champs and the only people who think they can win this series are the ones putting on pads tomorrow.
Pittsburgh's first shot in the opening 17 minutes was a 136-foot flip by Brian Dumoulin that made its way to Braden Holtby, who easily stopped it for the first of his 16 saves.
And with Game 7 comes more pressure. The result was six even-strength goals against, none for, in 82 minutes of ice time in the playoffs. As head coach Barry Trotz has said, "We're having fun now". It wasn't quite the first period we wanted, but the last 40 [minutes] were really good for us.
Trotz has been saying since early in the series that the Capitals liked how they were playing, and now they finally getting rewarded for their play. A surging Capitals team hitting its stride vs. a Penguins team looking to dig deep for one more win and see what happens from there.
The biggest reasons after a 5-2 rout in Game 6 in Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh went to Tampa Bay in last year's Eastern Conference final behind 3-2 in the series.
Backstrom has been an offensive force in the playoffs against the Penguins.
It's no surprise this series is heading to Game 7, but how it got to that point is pretty shocking.
The Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals have been business-like, gritty and determined since falling behind 2-0 in the series. He most certainly got it.
The Capitals appeared on the verge of another exit at the hands of the Penguins going into the third period of Game 5.
The Washington Capitals hope to win their third straight game and get over that playoff hump by getting to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Ive got to believe that (the momentum from Game 6 is) going to roll over, that theyre finally sick and exhausted of hearing that they havent gone to the third round and will break through, Boudreau said. "But there might be something to it. That's going to be a tough task but I think it's something we have the right guys and the right mentality right now to do that".
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Following concern about Sidney Crosby's health after he crashed into the boards dangerously in Monday's Game 6 and played on, the Pittsburgh Penguins' star clarified Tuesday how it was decided he stay on the ice. The Penguins' strength is their quick strike ability.
"Mike, were you concerned when you saw Sid sort of slow to get up a couple times in the first, and was he evaluated for a concussion in the first intermission?" a reporter asked Sullivan. That is a clear indication of better shot selection from Washington.style="text-align: center;"