Nothing seemed to go right for the first two periods offensively for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They trailed 2-0 early in the third-period and then they erupted for three goals in a span of 4:47, including Jake Guentzel’s redirected game-winning goal with 12:12 remaining in the third to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win in Game 1 over the Washington Capitals. Pittsburgh leads series 1-0.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 17 seconds into the game for Washington. It was only 1-0 heading into the third and Alex Ovechkin scored 28 seconds into the third for the Capitals.
Patric Hornqvist scored on a redirected goal 2:59 into the third for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby tied the game at two, 2:21 later and the rest was history.
Matt Murray made timely saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins including, a diving save on Brett Connolly with 2:29 remaining in regulation after Murray saved a Matt Niskanen shot. Murray finished with 32 saves for the Penguins and Braden Holtby finished with 22 saves for the Washington Capitals.
Pittsburgh did not have Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin in Game 1 due to injury. Washington did not have Andre Burakovsky in Game 1 due to injury. Game 2 will be on Sunday Afternoon in Washington D.C.