Sidney Crosby is standing in Alex Ovechkin's way again. Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins extinguished two of the Washington Capitals' best Stanley Cup hopes in 2009 and 2016, going on to win the championship each time. Now as Ovechkin and the Capitals face a summer of change, it's only fitting that perhaps their best chance to win it all means going through defending champion Pittsburgh in the second round.
A record 18 games went to overtime in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, surpassing the previous mark of 17 set in 2013. While no series went seven games, each one included at least one overtime game, with the eight teams that moved on battling varying degrees of fatigue going into the second round:
After the Washington Capitals lost a double-overtime heartbreaker in the first round, Brooks Orpik just wanted to eat some food and go home to sleep. Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher likes to say that rest is a weapon, and it certainly applies to handling the aftermath of overtime hockey. The effects will vary drastically, from teams like the Capitals and Senators that have played more than 40 extra minutes to the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks, which finished off their opponents in sweeps.