Penguins Win Game 1 in Washington, Steal Home-Ice Advantage

Penguins Win Game 1 in Washington, Steal Home-Ice Advantage

Penguins Win Game 1 in Washington, Steal Home-Ice Advantage

Behind 2-0 in the third period of Game 1 in Washington, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions rolled up their sleeves and dropped a trio of goals on the Capitals in quick succession. Ovechkin buried a goal of his own 28 seconds into the third to give Washington a 2-0 lead.

In perhaps a fitting sequence for two superstars whose careers have become intertwined through repeated postseason battles, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby raised his arms in celebration as Washington's Alex Ovechkin was smacking his stick against the glass in frustration.

Washington has home-ice advantage heading into the first two games of the series.

"We just stuck with it in the third after they scored". Neither side netted a score for the remainder of the opening frame or in the second period.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel has played in just 32 career playoff games, yet he already has scored 20 goals.

The hard-luck Capitals are trying to avoid being eliminated by Pittsburgh for the third straight year.

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Goaltender Braden Holtby, who had to win back the starting role he briefly lost at the beginning of the post-season, made 22 saves in the loss.

The Capitals did all the small things right, including winning 57% of faceoffs, killing both short-handed scenarios and staying basically even in takeaways/giveaways, but as the Penguins have shown time and time again- their offense can put up points in bunches on any given night. Instead it was Guentzel who did what he has done so many times over the past two seasons while skating alongside the planet's best player - he positioned himself in front of the net and looked for an opportunity to get a stick on Crosby's shot. Especially that last one, it kind of just hit him. "I think in any playoff series, it's just about getting better with every game".

Guentzel finished with a goal and two assists in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 win over Washington.

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