OTTAWA Two teams coming off impressive wins will be looking to start the week off on the right note when the Dallas Stars visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.The Senators (2-2-1) jumped into an early three-goal lead then cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon. It was a solid bounce back from a mistake-filled three-goal loss to the Philadelphia Flyers which didnt rattle a young group that while expected to spend the season dwelling near the conference and division cellars has adopted a tight Leo Komarov Jersey Womens , family-like bond.I think weve made a conscientious effort that were going to have each others backs, said defenseman Chris Wideman, who scored two goals against the Kings in 8:05 of ice time. Win, lose or draw, were going to work as hard as we possibly can, and give an honest effort. Theres a lot of enjoyment in that.Article continues below ...Nine of the players on the Senators roster Saturday werent with the team for Game 82 last season. Coach Guy Boucher says the new group is gelling fast both on and off the ice.The young guys have been developing, not just because theyre being coached or just getting experience on ice. Boucher told reporters after Sundays brief practice. A big part is because theyre well surrounded every moment of the day. Even the guys who dont have anybody in particular are getting help here every day, making sure everybody is incorporated as fast they can and feeling good about being here and feeling part of it.Its not just at the rink. The other day we had the Justin Timberlake concert and I think every single player was here. They dont want to leave anybody out and thats a great thing.?While the Senators built a 3-0 lead on Saturday, the Stars (3-1-0) recovered from one bad game for a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Dallas scored four goals during a 6:32 span of a second period in which it outshot the Anaheim Ducks by a 30-4 count.Of that middle 20-minute segment, Stars goalie Anton Khudobin said, per NHL.com: If I could have a pillow I would probably fall asleep.The explosive potential of the Stars is going to be something opponents will have to do their best to guard against all season.We do have that ability, we proved it already, Khudobin said. I think we just need to play like this all 60 minutes. That would be better.The Stars are determined to qualify for the post-season tournament after falling short the last two seasons. Building on a fast start would help.You cant make the playoffs the first 20 games, but you certainly can make it really difficult in the NHL if you dont keep pace Jonny Brodzinski Jersey Womens , Dallas defenseman Connor Carrick, who has a goal and three assists in the first four games, told NHL.com. We want to establish ourselves with some of the marquee teams in the league, and its going to take more than a four-game effort. But if youre taking four game chunks and go three and one, you look pretty good after 82. PITTSBURGH (AP) The Washington Capitals dont need a history lesson. Neither do the Winnipeg Jets for that matter.The Capitals are well aware of their penchant for letting opportunity after opportunity slip away, frequently at the hands of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.And just in case Alex Ovechkin and his teammates ever forget about their playoff missteps, they need only step in front of a camera or a microphone, where the same questions are posed year after year.Theres only one way to hop off the hamster wheel: close out the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins this week preferably at the end of Game 6 Monday night (7 p.m., NBCSN) in Pittsburgh to earn the franchises first trip to the Eastern Conference finals in 20 years.I dont know if I could tell you exactly what it would mean, Washington forward T.J. Oshie said.None of us have ever been there. Were just looking to get the job done and maybe after we can talk about the feelings. But right now we still got a lot of work to do.Work that in the past has proven to be too much. Four previous times during the Ovechkin Era including in 2009 and 2017 against Pittsburgh the Capitals have won three games in the second round of the playoffs. Its that fourth one thats proven elusive.No pressure or anything. All Washington has to do to produce a cathartic breakthrough is hand the Penguins their first series loss in 37 months.Pittsburgh has never lost an elimination game under head coach Mike Sullivan, capturing a pair of Game 7s including a 2-0 shutout in Washington in the second round during its run to a second straight Cup last spring and rallying from a 3-2 deficit against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals two years ago.They know what it takes to win, Sullivan said. Theyre not afraid of challenges and they embrace these types of situations.To become the first team in 35 years to earn three consecutive titles, the Penguins dont really have a choice.They were the better team for long stretches in Game 5 only to have the Capitals surge past them in the third period for a 6-3 win the second time in three games Pittsburgh lost in regulation when leading after two, something it didnt do at all in the regular season.No matter. Recovering quickly and moving forward has kind of been their thing under Sullivan. The Penguins are 17-5 following a playoff loss with Sullivan on the bench.Pushing that number to 18-5 would send the series back to Washington and force the Capitals try to explain again how this time will be different.We knew it was going to be a tight series Michael Hutchinson Jersey Womens , Crosby said. We need to make sure we leave it all out there, give ourselves a chance to get back (to Washington).At least the Capitals put themselves in position for playoff heartbreak. Thats hardly the case with the Jets, who until a month ago had won exactly zero postseason games in their 18 years of existence and now find themselves one victory away from the Western Conference finals.Winnipeg has never been this far. Ever. The Jets put themselves in position when they stunned Nashville by scoring four goals in the second period against Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne during a 6-2 romp in Smashville in Game 5, sending them home for Game 6 (9:30 p.m., NBCSN) with a chance to wrap up the series.Not that the Jets want to talk about it.Thats noise. Its kind of a distraction, Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said.What were focused on is whats given us success all year long, and thats just finding a way to win one hockey game. If were able to do that, then when its all said and done youre reflecting on the season and youll think about what you were able to accomplish and the magnitude of the situation. But we cant make it bigger than a game.The Predators, unlike the Jets, have been here before. They faced elimination in the first round against Anaheim in 2016 but came back to advance, triumphing in the crucible of Game 7 for the first time in franchise history in the process.Its pretty simple, we win we keep playing, Nashville forward Filip Forsberg said. If we dont, we dont play anymore. Obviously that desperation level is going to be a determining factor for sure.Its a feeling long familiar in Washington. The Capitals received a dose of good news on Sunday when coach Barry Trotz said center Nicklas Backstrom will travel with the team after leaving in the third period of Game 5 with an upper-body injury.Whoever is on the ice will be forced to shoulder the weight of playoff failures Dan Hamhuis Jersey Womens , one Trotz is confident his team is finally ready to shrug off for good.I can tell you theres not a player, a coach, a trainer, ownership, (general manager) who is not trying to do everything they can to win this series, Trotz said. Trust me. Were trying as hard as we can and at the end of the day thats all we can promise.AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, and AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.