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Pens let Capitals off the hook

Any time you have a team on the ropes, you need to put them away.

The Penguins had an early lead (1-0) against the Capitals in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night.

They blew it.

The Penguins also had a third-period lead (3-2).

They blew that also.

The Pens were fortunate that Sidney Crosby scored near the end of the regulation to tie the game and force overtime.

The goal was a beauty, with Sid slapping the puck in mid-air into the net. It could have been one to remember for a long time.

Instead, it'll be archived after the Capitals' David Steckel scored 6:22 into overtime.

The Pens had a lot going their way in this one.

They always had closed out the Capitals. In fact, they had owned the Caps in the playoffs.

It all ended Monday night.

The Pens still have a chance to wrap up the Capitals on Wednesday in Game 7 of an excellent series.

Let's hope the Pens don't blow it this time.

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