Good news for the Caps organization - and a bit of good karma - as the Hershey Bears eliminated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-0 win at Giant Center Tuesday, as Keith Aucoin, Chris Bourque and Steve Pinizzotto scored all the goals the Bears would need to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
In a strange twist, while the Capitals and Penguins have been battling in the Stanley Cup playoffs, their two farm teams were playing as well - with the same results as the big club's games, with Hershey winning the first two, the Pens taking three straight before the Bears won Game 6.
But the Bears put on a dominating performance in the deciding game, scoring early and moving on to the Eastern Finals for the third time in four seasons.
Aucoin scored just :50 in to put the Bears up top, and Michael Neuvirth did his best to let that hold up, making 24 saves in the shutout. Chris Bourque added a second-period tally to add some insurance, and Pinizzotto iced the game with a third-period tally with 9:11 left in regulation.
Ironically, the Bears could end up playing the Capitals' next Stanley Cup playoff opponent's farm team again, as should the Bruins and Capitals win their respective Game 7s - and the Providence Bruins take advantage of their 3-2 series lead over the Worcester Sharks - the Baby Bruins are on deck next, perhaps as soon as this weekend.