Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Penguins hang on, take lead in series

Capitals right wing Tom Wilson grabs Penguins defenseman Kris Letang in the first period of Game 3.

Associated Press

Capitals right wing Tom Wilson grabs Penguins defenseman Kris Letang in the first period of Game 3.

PITTSBURGH — Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in the first period and Matt Murray stopped 47 shots as the Penguins took control of their Eastern Conference semifinal with a 3-2 win over the Capitals in Game 3 on Monday.

Carl Hagelin added his third goal of the playoffs for Pittsburgh, which took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series on another contentious night guaranteed to keep the NHL player safety office busy. Two days after Washington's Brooks Orpik earned a three-game suspension for an illegal hit on Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang took a shot at Capitals forward Marcus Johansson.

Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams scored in the third, but the Capitals now have a deficit against a franchise they have beaten just once in eight previous playoff meetings.

The Penguins were hardly crisp but turned Washington mistakes into goals while Murray did the rest. The 21-year-old rookie outplayed Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby.

Wearing the same Pittsburgh gold uniforms that team owner Mario Lemieux wore during the club's consecutive Stanley Cup runs in 1991 and 1992 — runs that included victories over Washington — it seemed like old times for the Penguins. The defense in front of Murray was steady even with Derrick Pouliot making his playoff debut replacing Maatta, who is out indefinitely after taking a shot to the head from Orpik.

Penguins 2 1 0 3
Capitals 0 0 2 2

First1, Pittsburgh, Hornqvist 4, (Daley, Sheary), 6:37. 2, Pittsburgh, Kuhnhackl 2 (Cullen, Letang), 7:37. PenaltiesJ.Wiliams, Was (interference), 8:35; Pouliot, Pit (hooking), 10:08; Letang, Pit (interference), 15:41; Winnik, Was (slashing), 18:09; Kessel, Pit (slashing), 19:22.

Second3, Pittsburgh, Hagelin 3 (Bonino, Kessel), 15:03. PenaltyJ.Williams, Was (tripping), 6:30.

Third4, Washington, Ovechkin 4 (Niskanen, Backstrom), 8:02. 5, Washington, J.Williams 1 (Ovechkin, Carlson), 19:04. PenaltyHagelin, Pit (tripping), 13:19. Shots on GoalWashington 14-14-21—49. Pittsburgh 8-6-9—23. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 0 of 4; Pittsburgh 0 of 3. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 5-4 (23 shots-20 saves). Pittsburgh, Murray 5-1 (49-47). A18,601 (16,940). T2:37. RefereesWes McCauley, Francis Charron, Francois St. Laurent. LinesmenBrad Kovachik, Brian Murphy.

Calder finalists: Oilers forward Connor McDavid, Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin were named finalists for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

Rangers: Backup goaltender Antti Raanta agreed to a two-year contract worth $1 million a year, Newsday reported. Raanta, 26, appeared in 25 games with New York this season after being acquired from Chicago in June. He was 11-6-2 with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage while serving as a backup to Henrik Lundqvist.

Penguins hang on, take lead in series 05/02/16 [Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2016 11:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs start strong vs. Jaguars

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE — On his worst pass of Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars, Jameis Winston threw a ball from the seat of his pants toward the end zone and it appeared to be intercepted by safety Barry Church.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown of the first half on a 2-yard run, squeaking past Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter.
  2. Rays journal: Archer has strong outing, with two mistakes

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Two pitches RHP Chris Archer didn't execute are the ones that stood out Thursday as Josh Donaldson hit them out of the park. But the two solo home runs aside, Archer turned in a sterling outing that went atop the pile of good pitching the Rays keep wasting.

    Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) works during the first inning. [Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP]
  3. Tim Tebow continues wowing fans as he wraps up bay area games

    Minors

    CLEARWATER — Tracey Fritzinger has seen Tim Tebow play baseball a few times this year. The 40-year-old St. Petersburg resident went to two of his games against the Tampa Yankees, along with Joy, her little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

    St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow, middle, hangs out in the dugout during Thursday night’s game against the Clearwater Threshers at Spectrum Field, the last of St. Lucie’s eight-day trip to the Tampa Bay area.
  4. Rays vs. Mariners, 7:10 Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Austin Pruitt (50) in the dugout during the ninth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3.
  5. Rays waste repeated opportunities in 5-3 loss to Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The signs of frustration were readily apparent as the Rays trudged toward home Thursday after another game littered with squandered opportunities evolved into another wasted day in the wild-card race with a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

    Rays reliever Tommy Hunter reacts as Justin Smoak circles the bases after hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth.