Capitals cruise past Penguins, tie Stanley Cup playoff series

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Maybe it was in. The indisputable facts: Midway through the third period in Game 2 of these Eastern Conference semifinals, with the Capitals leading 3-1, Hornqvist had jammed a loose puck inside the right goalpost, smack against Holtby's left leg pad.

Entering the current series, there had been 20 playoff games between Pittsburgh and Washington in the post-lockout era, with Ovechkin suiting up in each and every one and Crosby missing one outing during last season's series.

Tom Wilson will not have a hearing with the National Hockey League department of player safety, avoiding any suspension for his hit that knocked Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin out of Game 2.

This was a play that no matter what the call on the ice was they were going to stick with it given the replay angles they had to work with. We have to earn it. Brian Dumoulin was dropped by an elbow from Tom Wilson during the second period. We have to focus on these two home games we have at hand. "I mean everyone's elevated their game". "We know what they're about", Connolly said. But in his return to the lineup in Game 2, Beagle scored the opening goal, and added two assists in the series, while also winning 71.8 percent of his draws. He had been unable to convert on numerous chances in past games, but with the partial breakaway in the second period Sunday he didn't miss, and his wrist shot lifted the Capitals to a 3-0 lead 2:08 into the second period. "We learned from that this time around". There was the interference challenge that Sullivan requested on Vrana's goal, upheld only because Connolly whacked Murray's pads with barely enough time to spare before the puck was sacked. "That's pretty standard", Crosby said.

After the game, Wilson defended the hit.

The Washington Capitals have evened the series at one game a piece against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"He made contact with his head", Crosby said.

The Jets are going to depend on Mark Scheifle (10 points), Dustin Byfuglien (seven points) and Blake Wheeler (seven points), while Nashville will look to Filip Forsberg (nine points), Austin Watson (seven points), Colton Sissons (seven points) and Ryan Johansen (seven points) for its scoring.

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"It gives them trust, it gives them confidence - I'll just say a more aggressive posture when you're playing the game".

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan declined postgame comment on the hit. It's a collision. I end up getting blown right out of the water, too. "We've got a good team here and when you get to the playoffs anything can happen". There's more important things going on.

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN.

That would not be the only review in the game.

Pittsburgh's Kris Letang scored roughly 11 minutes later with a point shot while Holtby had two layers of screens in front of him.

Losing Dumoulin was a big blow to the Penguins because it not only forced them to play with only five defensemen for the rest of the game - not a great spot for a team that is already lacking blue line depth to be in - but because Dumoulin has been great for them this postseason.

They've been hampered by the loss of key power-play personnel to injury during that span (Malkin and Patric Hornqvist), but Sullivan said that should be no excuse. The goal was the seventh of the postseason for Russia's Ovechkin.