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Oshie caps hat trick in overtime for Caps

WASHINGTON — T.J. Oshie completed a hat trick in overtime to give the Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Penguins in the first game of their Eastern Conference second-round playoff series Thursday night.

Oshie's wraparound goal 9:33 into overtime stood up after video review. Goalie Matt Murray got his right pad on the puck but pushed it over the goal line with his knee.

Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby made 42 saves for Washington, and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Capitals.

Murray stopped 43 shots. Ben Lovejoy, Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bonino scored for the Penguins.

Round 2 rare for Preds: The Predators' celebration of a landmark moment in franchise history consisted of a few minutes of excitement in the Honda Center dressing room with a 14-year-old Nelly song blaring in the background.

By outlasting the Ducks in a 2-1 victory late Wednesday, the Predators won a playoff round for only the third time in the franchise's 17 seasons. Facing Game 7 pressure for the first time, they bent and scrambled but never broke.

Their reward is going back to work tonight to face the Sharks in Game 1 of their second-round series.

"We had a belief in this room that we could win this series, and we did," Predators forward James Neal said.

Pekka Rinne made 36 saves for the wild card Predators, who rallied from a 3-2 series deficit and ousted the Pacific Division champion Ducks with a workmanlike road victory.

Nashville earned just the third playoff series win in team history — the first since 2012, and the second over Anaheim.

Islanders: Coach Jack Capuano pretty much ruled out rookie defenseman Ryan Pulock for Saturday's Game 2 against the Lightning but said once he is healthy, there will be no hesitation to put him back into the lineup.

"Looking at Game 1 (a 5-3 win), there were some matchups that weren't in our favor," Capuano said Thursday.

Around the league: The Kings' Anze Kopitar, the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron and the Ducks' Ryan Kesler are the finalists for the Selke Trophy, awarded to the league's top defensive forward. Bergeron has won the award three times, including last year. Kesler won in 2011. This is the third year in a row Kopitar has been a finalist. The winner will be announced June 22. … The Red Wings' new arena will be named Little Caesars Arena, after the pizza company owned by the Red Wings' owners, the Ilitch family. The naming rights deal will see Little Caesars, the family's source of wealth, pay about $6.25 million per year for 20 years to another Ilitch entity that will operate the arena, scheduled to open for the 2017-18 season in downtown Detroit.

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