The Pittsburgh Penguins take an early series lead on enemy ice after withstanding 50 minutes of Washington’s attack and making their few offensive chances count. Also, the refs helped.
The Caps looked a mess in the first ten minutes but escaped the first period with a tie. Before the second period was 64 seconds old, Pittsburgh had a two-goal lead, both goals belonging to Sidney Crosby.
Alex Ovechkin struck back before second intermission to finish a stirring sequence. The Caps were furious after that: owning most of play until Evgeny Kuznetsov potted to tie it with twelve minutes left in regulation. But known Caps killer Nick Bonino got a lonely breakaway to restore the Penguins lead and secure the win.
Penguins beat Caps 3-2. Pens lead the series 1-0.
Matt Niskanen gets a slashing penalty for this, but I feel like this it should've been seen as just a rebound attempt, no? pic.twitter.com/4i5jHF1Zdb
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 28, 2017
Chief O’Brien has tennis elbow of the night
Aside from a handful of mistakes, the Caps played excellently. They got shot volume and they got shot quality. The Penguins had the advantage of friendly officiating and converting their chances. That’s frustrating, but that’s hockey. If they play that game four more times, they’ll win this series.
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