Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Penguins win in OT, oust Capitals

PITTSBURGH — Nick Bonino scored on a rebound 6:32 into overtime to propel the Penguins into the Eastern Conference final with a 4-3 victory over the Capitals.

Pittsburgh ousted Washington, the Presidents Trophy winner, in six games and will face the Lightning next. The Penguins will host the first two games in the series; the Lightning will host Games 3 and 4 at Amalie Arena.

Pittsburgh led 3-0 after scoring twice in a 33-second span in the second period. But the Capitals clawed back and tied it on John Carlson's power-play goal with 6:59 remaining in regulation.

Lightning changes AHL coaches: The Lightning made a big move with its American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse, relieving head coach Rob Zettler of his duties and hiring Benoit Groulx.

Zettler, who took over for Jon Cooper in 2013 when Cooper became the Lightning's coach, finished his third full season with the Crunch, which missed the playoffs this season.

Groulx, 48, is an accomplished coach not only in juniors (Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior League), as well as with AHL Rochester. He also helped Canada to the gold medal at World Juniors in 2014, serving as an assistant.

Late Monday: Viktor Arvidsson scored 2:03 into overtime as the host Predators forced a deciding seventh game for their second straight series, beating the Sharks 4-3. Arvidsson skated up the left side before throwing a backhander past goaltender Martin Jones.

Around the league: Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic withdrew the trade request that he made before training camp. Hamonic, 25, originally asked to be dealt closer to his Winnipeg home.

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