Final score: Washington Capitals 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 2
How it happened: It looked like more of the same for the Caps as they jumped out to a lead in shots on goal, but the Penguins struck first in the first period with a goal from Carl Hagelin. Washington was able to tie it with just 30 seconds remaining in the first period, however, as Andre Burakovsky showed off a nice curl and drag move before firing the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh retook the lead in the second period with a one-time from Phil Kessel on the power play. Just when it felt that all hope was lost, Nicklas Backstrom struck in the third period to tie the game. Then Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored within 27 seconds of one another to blow this game open for Washington.
What it means: The win extends the series to six games with Game 6 coming in Pittsburgh. Washington trails in the series 3-2 and still must win their next two games.
Penguins goal: Carl Hagelin from Ron Hainsey and Nick Bonino at 10:24 in the 1st period. With the puck on the boards in the defensive zone, four Caps players collapsed on one side leaving Wilson alone to cover the rest of the ice. Hagelin found a lane in between and fired off the shot for the goal. Caps 0, Penguins 1
Caps goal: Andre Burakovsky from Lars Eller and Kevin Shattenkirk at 19:30 in the 1st period. Eller entered the offensive zone and dropped the pass back to Burakovsky. Burakovsky pulled off the nasty curl and drag to get away from Matt Cullen and beat Marc-Andre Fleury with the wrister. Caps 1, Penguins 1
Penguins goal: Phil Kessel (power play) from Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby at 4:20 in the 2nd period. The Penguins put on a passing clinic on the power play, giving the Caps fits with the triangle until Malkin was able to hit Kessel on the far side. Kessel hit the perfect shot that hit off the post, off the blocker and into the net. Caps 1, Penguins 2
Caps goal: Nicklas Backstrom from Andre Burakovsky at 2:49 in the 3rd period. Backstrom and Burakovsky tag-teamed a rush up the left side with Backstrom finishing off the play with a beautiful wrister. Caps 2, Penguins 2
Caps goal: Evgeny Kuznetsov from Marcus Johansson and John Carlson at 7:20 in the 3rd period. A shot from Johansson was blocked and fell to Kuznetsov at the goal line, He had pretty much no angle to shoot on, but still snuck the puck past Fleury to give Washignton the lead. Caps 3, Penguins 2
Caps goal: Alex Ovechkin from Lars Eller and Nate Schmidt at 7:47 in the 3rd period. Ovechkin took the puck from center ice, skated into the offensive zone, fired a shot that was blocked by Ron Hainsey, but collected the rebound and rifled a shot that beat the glove of Fleury. It came just 27 seconds after Kuznetsov's go-ahead goal. Caps 4, Penguins 2
3 Caps stars
1. Barry Trotz: With the season on the line, Trotz made a bold move by moving Ovechkin to the third line and switching Burakovskly to the first. How did that go? Two points for Burakovsky, a goal for the Great 8 and a Game 5 win.
2. Andre Burakovsky: That was a nasty curl and drag for the goal. The Caps needed more secondary scoring and the onus was put on Burakovsky as Trotz tabbed him to start the game on the first line. The lines shuffled throughout the game, but Burakovsky responded with a first period goal and an assist on Backstrom's game-tying tally in the third.
3. Nicklas Backstrom: As the clock ticked in the third period, it began to feel like all was lost...until Backstrom wristed one past Fleury to put the Caps right back in it.
Look ahead: The series returns to Pittsburgh for Game 6 on Monday. If necessary, Game 7 will be in Washington on Wednesday.
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