The Washington Capitals were 20 minutes away from being down 3-2 in a best-of-seven series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, until they erupted for four goals in the third-period, including Jakub Vrana’s game-winning goal on a pass from Alex Ovechkin with 4:38 remaining in regulation and it lifted the Capitals to a 6-3 win in Game 5 over the Penguins. Washington leads this series 3-2.
Jamie Oleksiak scored 2:23 into the game for the Pittsburgh Penguins. John Carlson scored a power-play goal for the Washington Capitals with 1:38 remaining in the first period. Brett Connolly scored 33 seconds later for the Capitals.
Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist scored power-play goals in the second-period for the Penguins.
Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game for the Capitals 52 seconds into the third period. With a 4-3 lead in the third, T.J. Oshie scored an empty-net goal with 1:31 remaining for Washington. Lars Eller scored an empty-net goal with six seconds remaining for the Capitals.
Braden Holtby made 36 saves for the Washington Capitals. He made big saves in the third period. Matt Murray made 26 saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Washington Capitals have a chance to dethrone the champion and advance to the conference finals for the first time since the 1997-1998 season when they made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the brink of elimination for the first time since the conference finals last season against the Ottawa Senators. The Capitals are also looking to write a different story this time around and Game 6 will be on Monday Night in Pittsburgh.