WASHINGTON (AP) – Kasperi Kapanen scored 1:43 in overtime and brought the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
The Penguins won for the fourth time in five games against the capitals this season, including two in overtime and one in a shootout. They also won for the eighth time this season, having drawn or left the third period.
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Kapanen and Jake Guentzel each had one goal and one assist for Pittsburgh, and Evgeni Malkin scored his fifth goal of the season.
Conor Sheary and Richard Panik scored a goal for Washington that was only 22 seconds ahead all night. Vitek Vanecek made 34 saves.
It was Sheary’s third goal in five games and # 5 that season.
After a goalless third period, the penguins scored a goal on their only overtime shot. Teddy Blueger and Kapanen took a 2-on-1 break after an attack in Washington. Blueger fed Kapanen with the puck to the left, which shot the winning goal past Vanecek’s bat.
Washington turned a 1-0 deficit into a short 2-1 lead with two equally strong goals in the second half.
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But the penguins cleared their deficit leadership just seconds after the capitals took the lead, and Güntzel used the shaft of his racket at 1:40 p.m. to detour. It was Güntzel’s sixth of the season.
Penguin striker Jason Zucker had to be helped off the ice in the middle of the third half after an awkward fall into the boards in front of Pittsburgh’s bench.
The teams will meet again in Washington on Thursday evening. After Thursday, the division’s rivals won’t meet again until after two more games in DC on April 29 and May 1.
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