Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games

Elizabeth Williams
April 28, 2017

After a quiet first period, Crosby's back-to-back goals had Pittsburgh with the early momentum and threatening to put a quick end to Washington's Game 1 hopes.

Crosby started it, in the Penguins' 3-2 Game 1 win, scoring twice in the first 64 seconds of the second period.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russian Federation, chases the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72), of Sweden, during Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, . Unfortunately, Jake Guentzel's left leg saved the day for Pittsburgh and prevented the puck from getting past Marc-Andre Fleury.

Washington bested Pittsburgh in shots during the second period by two once again (13 to 11) as the Capitals' offense began to come alive after Ovechkin's late tally.

Holtby stopped 18 shots, but he allowed Bonino's goal at 12:36.

The Ottawa Senators refused to be overlooked on Thursday as well, churning out highlight after highlight in a blow-for-blow battle with the New York Rangers and, ultimately, hanging on for a 2-1 Game 1 decision. Ovechkin now has four goals and no assists in seven games during the 2017 playoffs.

The three changes that stand out are the shifts between Conor Sheary, Patric Hornqvist, and Bryan Rust. Holtby left a juicy rebound available after an Olli Maatta point shot and the Penguins two skaters in front turned the red light on.

Fleury qualifies, especially after he flailed around and nearly actually stood on his head to preserve the victory. "I think we're happy to get the win, but they played a great game and we know they're going to get better too, so we've got to match that".

Probability models favored the Penguins a season ago in their matchup with the Capitals, largely because of how well they controlled play during five-on-five action. "You just have to fight through it".

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is going to go down in the history books as one of the best players in the National Hockey League. I think we weathered their storm there. Pittsburgh LW Carl Hagelin (lower-body injury) took limited contact in the morning skate and remains day-to-day. Washington D Karl Alzner (upper body) missed his fifth consecutive game and is day-to day.

Jakob Silfverberg scored the tying goal with 9:13 to play in regulation for the Ducks, who lost in regulation for the first time in 19 games since March 10.

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