Penguins - Capitals nastiness boils over in Letang - Oshie fight

Caps' Wilson hit with three-game ban

Evgeni Malkin nudged the puck just over the goal line on a goalmouth scramble with 2:29 left in the second period, and a couple of lengthy reviews later, it went on the board as a good goal, giving the Pens a 2-1 lead with 2:26 left in the middle period. T.J. Oshie scored for Washington, but Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was held without a shot on goal for just the third time in 107 career playoff games. Washington edges ahead and the Penguins respond immediately, one of the main reasons Pittsburgh is 9-1 all-time against the Capitals in the playoffs.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 last night at PPG Paints Arena and have evened their Stanley Cup Playoff Series at 2-2. Neither play was penalized, though Wilson will have a hearing Wednesday with the NHL's department of player safety for the hit on Aston-Reese, the National Hockey League announced on Twitter.

Maybe, but the chippiness that has come to define a rivalry that's equal parts heated and one-sided - the Penguins have won nine of 10 playoff meetings with Washington - ramped up in Game 3 with Wilson once again in the middle of it. Between now and then, Saturday's pivotal Game 5 will determine which team will have the opportunity to close out the other on Monday. But then it was Oshie who helped deliver the lead back to the Penguins. Ryan Hartman provided the opening goal late in the first.

The 23-year-old, however, is still learning.




Malkin went to his belly to put Pittsburgh back in front with 2:33 to go in the second. Malkin was able to leap headfirst and just get the puck over the goal line, between his blade and Holtby's blocker. That was kind of the turning point in the game, when they got that goal there when I was in the box.

"It's disrespectful", Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz said after the 4-3 loss, according to the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review. "I get the physical play", Letang said. "Sometimes it's a bad call against us. We understand it's not over". The Capitals challenged for goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld.

Dustin Byfuglien had two goals and an assist for Winnipeg, while Paul Stastny added a goal and two assists. He was forced to sit out two preseason games following a late hit on St. Louis Blues rookie Robert Thomas and was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for boarding Blues forward Sammy Blais shortly after his return. The loss was Washington's first on the road in the playoffs (4-1). The Pens still need to get their offense going as they have averaged 2.50 gpg in this series, after averaging 4.50 gpg in their series against their Flyers. I got so mad because it's a good chance to score, but after, there's a replay and it's in.

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