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The Wraparound: Penguins knock out Capitals; Beagle nearly saves day; Ruff ready

The Eastern Conference finalists are set. Once again, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are not one of them.

Pittsburgh ousted the Presidents' Trophy winners in overtime Tuesday night, getting a rebound goal from Nick Bonino for a 4-3 victory and 4-2 series win.

The Penguins nearly won earlier in overtime, but Washington forward Jay Beagle made the save of the postseason.

 

Washington got to overtime by scoring twice in the final 13 minutes to tie the game. They knotted it when Pittsburgh repeatedly went to the box for shooting the puck over the glass.

The elimination ended the Cup hopes of Ovechkin and the Caps, who went 56-18-8 during the regular season to put up 120 points. Ovechkin had two assists in Game Six, giving him two goals and seven points in the series. He has 82 points in 84 playoff games but has not reached the conference final.

“Again we lost in the second round,” captain Alex Ovechkin said softly, according to the Washington Post. “Sucks,” he then muttered, almost to himself.

The Penguins will face the Tampa Bay Lightning for the right to compete for the Stanley Cup. The Penguins will have home-ice advantage.

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The first of two Game Sevens to decide the Western Conference final will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday when Dallas hosts St. Louis.

"If you look at the way this series has gone with the way the regular season has gone, it's even more fitting that we've got to Game Seven again," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's two good teams that were separated by two points, that at different times in the series have both had their way with their play. It's the team who's going to be able to execute and push through and then, at times, hold off when the other team is coming with their push."

Dallas will once again be without center Tyler Seguin.

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As the Islanders said goodbye after being eliminated, they may have bid a final farewell to Kyle Okposo and Jaroslav Halak.

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The Arizona Coyotes' affiliate in the American Hockey League will play in Tucson, Ariz., the team announced.

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Detroit has hired former Sabres defenseman Doug Houda as an assistant coach.

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