Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Caps flush 2-0 lead in opener vs. Pens

Caps flush 2-0 lead in opener vs. Pens

Swede Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins, who have made a habit of slapping the Capitals around in the National Hockey League playoffs before going on to win the Stanley Cup.

The tide appeared to be turning early in game one, as Evgeny Kuznetsov snuck a wrister past Penguins goaltender Matt Murray only 17 seconds into the game.

The Penguins continued their mastery of the Capitals, exploding for three goals in 4:49 of the third period to escape Game 1 of the second round showdown with a 3-2 victory on Thursday.

Guentzel had 22 goals and 48 points in the regular season. Neither side netted a score for the remainder of the opening frame or in the second period. But the Capitals have blown similar opportunities against the Penguins in the past.

But with fresh memories of digging out of a 2-0 series hole against Columbus in the first round, Washington doesn't sound like a team thinking, "Here we go again". He wristed a shot past Holtby to tie the game, and as Ovechkin skated around the back of the net, his frustration showed as he hit his stick against the glass.

That capped a three-goal outburst on three consecutive shifts by the Penguins' first line in less than five minutes. "I feel like they got momentum, and then they score again and again". But do me a favor and play along, just for fun.

How do the Capitals stake that two-goal lead against an opponent missing one of its own superstars. and then lose?

Penguins center EvgeniMalkin and forward Carl Hagelin will miss Thursday's game due to injuries sustained during the quarterfinals.

"It's one game, we did some good things", Crosby said.

BC-HKN-Penguins-Captials, 419 Penguins erase 2-goal deficit, beat Capitals 3-2 in Game 1AP Photo VZN112, VZN110, VZN107, VZN111, VZN109, VZN105, VZN106Eds: APNewsNow. "I think in any playoff series, it's just about getting better with every game".

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