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Penguins Get the Win; Eliminate Capitals

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Pittsburgh Penguins: 4   Washington Capitals: 3

The Pittsburgh Penguins entered game six of their series against the Washington Capitals with a 3-2 lead looking to close out the series, while the Capitals needed a win to keep their season alive. The Penguins would pull the win off in overtime, despite blowing a 3-0 lead. The Penguins recieved goals from Phil Kessel (2), Carl Hagelin, and the overtime winner from Nick Bonino. Goaltender Matt Murray stopped 36 of 39 shots agaisnt to clinch the victory. The Capitals saw TJ Oshie, Justin Williams and John Carlson score goals, while goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 38 of 42 shots against in the losing effort.

The Penguins would kick off the scoring in the first period, when Kessel beat Holtby, giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Kessel skated into the offensive zone and fired a wrist shot past the blocker of Holtby and into the net. Onto the second, Kessel would light the lamp for the second time tonight, scoring on the power play to go up 2-0 on the Capitals. After a 4 minute high sticking penalty by Brooks Orpik, Kessel skated in front of the net, pulling Holtby out of the net before firing the puck into the net. On the same power play, Olli Maatta fired the puck, which was deflected into the net by Hagelin, making it 3-0 mid way through the second. The Capitals would find the scoreboard late in the second when Oshie took a one time shot from the left face off circle past Murray on the power play, making the score 3-1 after two periods.

Mid way through the third, Williams cut the deficit to just 1, scoring on Murray. Willams took the puck behind the net and wrapped it around Murray, putting it over his glove and into the net. It was Murray’s 14th goal in an elimination playoff game. The Capitals would tie the game on the power play with about 7 minutes remaining in the game, after Carlson put the puck off of the arm of Murray, bouncing through the goal crease before hitting the back of the net, forcing overtime with a score of 3-3.

In overtime, the Penguins almost scored on a shot by Patric Hornqvist, but Capitals forward Jay Beagle got his stick into the crease to block the puck. But minutes later, Bonino would give the penguins the overtime winning goal. After a shot by Hagelin, Bonino found the rebound and barley slid the puck past Holtby to win not only the game, but the series for the Pittsburgh. The Penguins will play the Tampa Bay Lightning, who defeated the New York Islanders over the weekend, in the Eastern Conference Finals.