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Capitals vs. Penguins Recap: Oshie Hat Trick is the Overtime Winner

T.J. Oshie's three goal night gave Washington the 4 to 3 overtime win over Pittsburgh.

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Washington and Pittsburgh clashed for their first postseason game since a heartbreaking defeat on May 13th, 2009 but tonight the Capitals would best their guests 4 to 3 in overtime to take the one game series lead. A hat trick from T.J. Oshie and stellar goaltending from Braden Holtby were all Washington needed through overtime tonight.

First up here's Thursday night's Plus/Minus:

  • Plus: Oshie's hat trick are his second, third, and fourth of this playoff season and his secondary scoring is something that will be needed by the Capitals this series. Who really won that trade Blues fans?
  • Minus: Two second period goals from the Penguins in the span of 57 seconds. The Capitals can't afford to give up goals on back to back shifts to their opponents.

Ten more notes on the game.

  • Andre Burakovsky got the first goal of the game ten minutes into the opening frame off of a nice rush. Burakovsky dished to Jason Chimera on a 2 on 1 before sniffing out Chimera's rebound and stashing a shot past Matt Murray for the early lead.
  • Early in the second period, however, momentum would shift the Penguins' way as Ben Lovejoy tied the game by tapping home a Nick Bonino rebound. Both Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt were caught up above the defensive circles allowing Pittsburgh the chance to capitalize.
  • And only 57 seconds after Lovejoy's tally Evgeni Malkin rifled home a sniper's backhand from the right faceoff dot giving the Penguins their first lead of the game. Malkin's shot bested Holtby past his left shoulder and into the top corner of the net.
  • Oshie would respond quickly for Washington by smartly chipping a puck around Olli Maatta and finishing his breakaway chance with a quick snap shot above Murray's glove. Pittsburgh lead only lasted 33 seconds.
  • But Oshie wasn't through yet as he would take an Alex Ovechkin pass and whip a backhanded shot through Murray's five hole for the Capitals' second lead of the game early in the third period.
  • Bonino, however, would tie the game for the fourth and final time five minutes later, taking a Carl Hagelin feed from behind the net and beating Holtby to his glove hand side.
  • Ovechkin had a chance to win the game late in regulation but his backhanded breakaway bid was blocked by Murray's right leg pad after Ovechkin cut through the crease all alone.
  • And in overtime Oshie finished off his magical night with a swift wrap around. Murray beat Oshie to the right post but the puck slid under Murray's pad for the Washington win.
  • Pittsburgh outshot Washington 38 to 27 in regulation, doubling up the home team in both the second and third period. The Capitals will need to do a better job limiting the Penguins' chances.

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