When Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sat in his locker on Wednesday, he didn’t have any other words than thank you.
After a 2-1 overtime loss in the first round of the playoffs, the Penguins got their revenge and beat Philadelphia in seven games in Game 6.
The Penguins won Game 7 on the power play, and in doing so they clinched home ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1996.
Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, who had a career-high four assists in Game 5, scored a power-play goal late in the third period to give the Penguins the 1-0 lead.
The Flyers made the comeback in Game 7, but they couldn’t capitalize on their chances in the shootout and had to settle for a 2.5-game series win.
The Capitals scored two goals in the second period, and the Penguins’ comeback was capped off by a power play goal by forward Chris Kunitz in the final minute.
With the Penguins leading 3-2 in the series, the Capitals will face off against the Penguins in Game 1 of the second round on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Here’s what you need to know: The Penguins have won eight in a row and nine of their last 10 games.
They won the Presidents’ Trophy, the Hart Trophy, and two Vezina Trophies in 2013-14.
The Caps were eliminated in the conference finals.
Penguins captain Steven Stamkos had 11 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in six games in the Stanley Finals.
He scored the game-winning goal in Game 3, an overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Penguins goalie Braden Holtby made 37 saves in the two-game sweep.
Holtby has a 2:31 of ice time in the postseason.
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Lundqvist has allowed only one goal in three career postseason games.
Lundqvists save percentage is .931 (3 for 21).
The Penguins are 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals and 4-1 in the regular season.
The two teams will meet in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Game 1 will be televised live on NBCSN.
The game will also be available on the NBC Sports App.
Game 2 will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra and on NBCSports.com.
The series has been split between the two cities.