PITTSBURGH — The Washington Capitals played a near-perfect defensive game to down the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 and force a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday in Washington in their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Here is how the Capitals, the NHL’s No. 1 regular-season team, evened the series:
Scoring plays: T.J. Oshie converted a centering feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov on the power play at 12:41 of the first period to give Washington a 1-0 lead. Andrei Burakovsky scored an unassisted goal at 6:36 of the second period, and Nicklas Backstrom made it 3-0 scoring with a rising shot from the left wing in the opening minute of the third period. Burakovsky scored his second goal later in the period just a minute after defenseman John Carlson scored on a power play. It was 5-0 in the closing three minutes when Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel scored his league-leading ninth goal of the playoffs and Evgeni Malkin added another
How dominant were the Caps? The Penguins only had eight shots on goal heading into the third period. They only had five shots on goal midway through the period.