Ovechkin finished the series with five goals, and Carlson ended up with eight assists.
COLUMBUS-Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in the second period, and the Caps eliminated the Blue Jackets with a 6-3 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Monday night. After Ovechkin's second-period goals, Washington never relinquished a two-goal lead.
After being down 2-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round One, the team has rebounded to win three straight games to take a 3-2 series lead.
Washington coach Barry Trotz didn't want to talk about Pittsburgh yet.
"I do know on the road it seems like for whatever reason we're focused, we're driven", Washington forward T.J. Oshie said.
Meanwhile, in fewer than six minutes in a potential series-clinching game, Ovechkin scored a go-ahead goal at even-strength, drew a penalty on the opposition's top defenseman, and scored on the ensuing power play.
Washington would get on the board first when Dmitry Orlov scored from the slot with a clapper of a shot over the left shoulder of Bobrovsky.
Foligno got his first of the playoffs halfway through the second when he snapped a shot past Holtby from the right circle. They remain the only active National Hockey League franchise never to win a playoff series.
To his critics who doubt his play come springtime, pull up the final 7:10 of the second period of Game 6 against the Blue Jackets.
Foligno would give Columbus a little life as he got his second of the game with an easy tap-in past Holtby nearly nine minutes into the third period.
Five of Toronto's seven playoff overtime games since 2005-06 came in last year's first-round series against the Capitals. Eller added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds left.
As NHL.com's Tom Gulitti noted Sunday, the Capitals are the first team in NHL history to play a combined nine overtime games in the first round of consecutive postseasons. The Blue Jackets are 2-8 at home in four postseason appearances.