Capitals comeback to stun Penguins, take 2-1 series lead

The key moment of the match occurred in 75 seconds before the end of regular time of the game - Nicklas Backstrom ran to the counter and rolled the puck under the throw, Alexander Ovechkin, and the one with the second attempt brought the "capitals" a second victory in the series.

Ovechkin finished with a goal and an assist while Backstrom had three assists.

Tied 1-1 in a second-round series with Pittsburgh, Washington would have taken a win any way it could get it Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

During a second-period kerfuffle on the boards, Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby appeared to spit at Evgeny Kuznetsov after the two got into a verbal exchange. Capitals forward Tom Wilson found himself in the spotlight after another controversial hit. Game 4 will be played Thursday night in Pittsburgh before the series shifts back to Washington for Game 5 on Saturday. I've been thinking about this a lot the past couple of days and you can make the argument that the Penguins are historical victims here.

Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin went into the league's concussion protocol after Wilson blindsided him in Game 2 while Dumoulin was bracing for a collision with Ovechkin.

Jake Guentzel had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS) - The Lightning, who are 1-3 at TD Garden in the postseason and were 0-2-0 there this season, will look to reverse that trend in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Capitals are 8-0 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than.600 and Capitals are 11-1 in their last 12 road games and Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Those guys weren't clean hockey players by any stretch, so the Penguins haven't always been innocent. Three tight games in, Washington is well aware there's little margin for error.

Once the crowd discovered there was no penalty call on the play, the boos rained down, big time.

"Obviously a huge game", Ovechkin said, straight-faced.

Carl Hagelin was also on the ice, but he wore a full visor and a non-contact jersey. As a result, he had slightly fresher legs than the rest of the players from both teams, who were gassed by that point.



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