Alex Ovechkin scored the 50th playoff goal of his career and added one more later as the Washington Capitals finished off the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 6-3 victory in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Monday night in Columbus.
The Capitals won the series 4-2 despite dropping the first two games of it at home — and both in overtime.
Washington advances to play Pittsburgh in the second round. The Capitals have lost nine of the 10 times they have taken on the Penguins in the playoffs, including the last seven.
Ovechkin’s milestone goal was a tiebreaker and gave the Caps the lead for good at 2-1 with 7:10 left in the second period. He scored on a backhander, putting away the rebound of a Brooks Orpik (two assists) shot.
Ovechkin stretched it to 3-1 on a power-play goal with 1:37 remaining in the period on a one-timer off a John Carlson pass.
Ovechkin finished the series with five goals, and Carlson ended up with eight assists. Jay Beagle added two assists Monday.
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WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 10: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks on in the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
KRT STAND ALONE PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE BRIDGES/KRT (October 6) Washington Capitals rookie Alex Ovechkin is shown during a game against Columbus on Wednesday, October 5, 2005. (Photo by George Bridges/MCT/MCT via Getty Images)
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period of their NHL game in Toronto, November 8, 2005. REUTERS/Mike Cassese
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby (87) and Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin (8) pause during a break in the second period of their NHL game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania November 22, 2005. Crosby was the number one draft pick this year and Ovechkin was the number one pick last year. REUTERS/Jason Cohn
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin waits for a faceoff against Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of their NHL game in Washington January 21, 2006. REUTERS/Molly Riley
NHL Eastern Conference All-Stars’ Sidney Crosby (L) and Alex Ovechkin look on after the NHL All-Star hockey game in Dallas January 24, 2007. REUTERS/Shaun Best (UNITED STATES)
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin smiles during a news conference where it was announced that he had signed a 13-year contract with the Captials in Washington, DC, January 10, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES)
Eastern Conference player Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals celebrates scoring a goal in the first period of the NHL’s All-Star hockey game in Atlanta January 27, 2008. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES)
Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin (L) is restrained by referee Greg Devorski after receiving a penalty in the second period of their NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago March 19, 2008. REUTERS/Frank Polich (UNITED STATES)
Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin poses with the NHL Art Ross trophy (L) and the Maurice Richard trophy during an awards ceremony in Pittsburgh May 28, 2008. The Art Ross trophy is awarded to the NHL’s top scoring champion and the Maurice Richard trophy is awarded to the league’s top goal scorer. REUTERS/Shaun Best (UNITED STATES)
NHL hockey player Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (L) is given the key to the city by Mayor Adrian Fenty (R) during a celebration event in Washington June 13, 2008. Ovechkin was awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award, given to the most outstanding hockey player as voted by his peers, in a ceremony last night in Toronto. Ovechkin also became the first player to win the Hart, Art Ross and Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophies all in one season. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin looks up at the scoreboard in the third period against the Anaheim Ducks during National Hockey League game in Anaheim, California November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin of Russia celebrates after scoring in the Breakaway Challenge event at the NHL All-Star skills competition in Montreal, January 24, 2009. REUTERS/Shaun Best (CANADA)
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin waits his turn during warm-ups before the NHL hockey game between the Capitals and the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Florida April 11, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (UNITED STATES SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin celebrates his goal on the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference semi-final hockey series in Washington May 4, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin poses after winning the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Lester Pearson Trophy and the Maurice Richard Trophy at the 2009 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 18, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES SPORT ICE HOCKEY ENTERTAINMENT)
Alex Ovechkin of Russia skates before their men’s hockey game against Latvia at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (CANADA)
Evgeni Malkin (11) of Russia celebrates his goal against Czech Republic with Alex Ovechkin in first period of their hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Shaun Best (CANADA)
Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin of Russia poses with the “Ted Lindsay Award” after being named “Most Outstanding Player” at the 2010 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin arrives for the team draft for the NHL All-Star hockey game in Raleigh, January 28, 2011. The All-Star game will be played on Sunday. REUTERS/Shaun Best (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY HEADSHOT)
Russia’s Alex Ovechkin (R), star forward for the Washington Capitals of the NHL, mimics his wax likeness in hockey gear during the unveiling at Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington, October 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin skates during a break in play against the New York Rangers in second period action during their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, April 7, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
Washington Capitals hockey star Alex Ovechkin takes part in a practice at the team’s facility in Arlington, VA, January 8, 2013. The National Hockey League (NHL) and locked-out players reached a tentative agreement on Sunday to end a costly labor dispute and salvage a condensed season that was days away from being canceled entirely. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
Washington Capitals fans Derek Reuther (L) and Tresor Cirney hold photos of Alex Ovechkin during the third period of the NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA – Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
Oct 16, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils in the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 7, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 11, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) salutes the fans after being named number one star of the game after the Capitals’ game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) looks on during a ceremony honoring Ovechkin’s 1,000th NHL career point prior to the Capitals’ game against the Los Angeles Kings at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Washington goalie Braden Holtby started for the fourth straight game after Philipp Grubauer got the nod in the first two. Holtby has been strong since then and made 35 saves in this game.
The Capitals scored first for the fifth time in the series thanks to a bullet from Dmitry Orlov. He took a pass from Matt Niskanen, skated between the circles and fired a high shot past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky with 7:48 left in the first period for a 1-0 Washington lead.
Columbus killed off overlapping penalties in the second period and tied the game shortly thereafter when Nick Foligno fired a shot from the right side past Holtby at 8:40.
Ovechkin then put the Caps in front with his two second-period goals.
Pierre-Luc Dubois cut the lead to one for Columbus early in the third period before Devante Smith-Pelly and Chandler Stephenson (one goal, one assist) scored 94 seconds apart for a 5-2 Washington lead with 14:30 left in the game.
Foligno added a second goal later in the period before Lars Eller gave the Caps an empty-netter in the final minute as Washington notched three in the third.
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PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 04: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins brings the Stanley Cup to the ice before to raising their 2017 championship banner prior to playing the St. Louis Blues at PPG PAINTS Arena on October 4, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 05: John Hayden #40 of the Chicago Blackhawks is tripped while shooting by Justin Schultz #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the season opening game at the United Center on October 5, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL – OCTOBER 12: Micheal Haley #18 of the Florida Panthers and Brayden Schenn #10 of the St. Louis Blues fight during a game at BB&T Center on October 12, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – OCTOBER 20: Joe Morrow #45, Carey Price #31, Jordie Benn #8 and Joe Morrow #45 of the Montreal Canadiens fight with Nick Ritchie #37 and Ondrej Kase #25 of the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of a game at Honda Center on October 20, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 26: Josh Jooris #19 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs battle for the puck during the second period at the Air Canada Centre on October 26, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON – OCTOBER 30: Alex Galchenyuk #27 of the Montreal Canadiens shoots the puck past Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre on October 30, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 08: The New York Rangers defend the net against the Boston Bruins during the third period at Madison Square Garden on November 8, 2017 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 16: Christian Folin #5 of the Los Angeles Kings checks Danton Heinen #43 of the Boston Bruins during the second period at Staples Center on November 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC – DECEMBER 09: Patrick Maroon #19 of the Edmonton Oilers jumps in front of goaltender Antti Niemi #37 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on December 9, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 11: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders scores at 2:36 of the first period against Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals at the Barclays Center on December 11, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH – DECEMBER 12: Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets stops a shot from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers as Alexander Wennberg #10 of the Columbus Blue Jackets attempts to clear the puck during the second period on December 12, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Edmonton defeated Columbus 7-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 19: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights blocks a Tampa Bay Lightning shot in the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 19, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 4-3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 19: Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates after watching teammate Brandon Tanev #13 score a goal against of the Nashville Predators during final moments of the third period at Bridgestone Arena on December 19, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB – DECEMBER 22: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Montreal Canadiens checks Michael Stone #26 of the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 22, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – JANUARY 10: James van Riemsdyk #25 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores on Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators during the third period at the Air Canada Centre on January 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Members of the Senators from left to right are Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators, Thomas Chabot #72 of the Ottawa Senators, Anderson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau #44 of the Ottawa Senators (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 22: Ryan Hartman #38 of the Chicago Blackhawks falls over the back of Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center on January 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lightning defeated the Blackhawks2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB – JANUARY 25: Brandon Davidson #88 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place on January 25, 2018 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 28: Yanni Gourde #37 of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Marco Scandella #6 of the Buffalo Sabres get in a fight during a game at Amalie Arena on February 28, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 09: Jay Beagle #83 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Capital One Arena on February 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
ANNAPOLIS, MD – MARCH 03: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 12: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring his 600th career goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Mar 9, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) and goalie Mike Condon (1) are both taken down by a fall from Calgary Flames left wing Micheal Ferland (79) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 23, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) is unable to make a save off a shot by New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (not pictured) during the first quarter at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 23, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) checks Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) into the boards during the second quarter at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 22, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Zach Hyman (11) tries to control the puck as he falls while battling with Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) at Air Canada Centre. The Avalanche beat the Maple Leafs 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 20, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little (18) scores against Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith (41) during the shootout at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Jets won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 31, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott (23) celebrates with team mates after scoring his first career NHL goal in the second period against New York Islanders at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Nov 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) canï¿½ make a save of a shot by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (not pictured) that goes in for a goal in the first period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Oct 20, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) clears the puck as linesman Michel Cormier (76) jumps out of the way during the second period against the Washington Capitals at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Oct 28, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) checks Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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