Guentzel scores twice, Penguins even series with Capitals

Tom Wilson hits Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese. More

Tom Wilson hits Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese. More

Continuing with his hot streak, Guentzel scored an empty-netter with under a minute left to seal the game, his 10th goal of the postseason.

There was still plenty of time left on the clock at that point, but there was very little time and space to be had on either side all night, and Malkin's goal stood up as the game-winner in a 3-1 Pittsburgh victory, enabling the Penguins to square the series at two games apiece.

The game featured a significant uptick in physical play, a byproduct of the pressure and the fallout of the NHL's decision not to discipline Washington's Tom Wilson for his high hit in Game 2 on Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who went into the league's concussion protocol after Wilson blindsided him while Dumoulin braced for a collision with a charging Ovechkin.

Have the Capitals played any games in this series that they didn't fell they could have won?

Wilson was suspended twice in the 2017-18 preseason by the Department of Player Safety: Missing two exhibition games for interference on Robert Thomas of the St. Louis Blues on September 22, and getting four exhibition games for boarding Sammy Blais of the Blues on October 1.

Guentzel gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 9:21 of the second. Simon then found Guentzel to his right. This is after they had scored eight goals in their two previous games and had averaged 3.77 gpg through their first nine games of the postseason. The Pens' series with the Washington Capitals is now tied 2-2.

Wilson is a 24-year-old, 6-4, 218-pound forward who has been more known in his five-season career for playing on the edge (806 penalty minutes) than his other on-ice contributions.

Malkin went to his belly to put Pittsburgh back in front with 2:33 to go in the second. Malkin put the Penguins ahead for good as he pushed in the puck on a goalmouth scramble.

It wasn't initially called a goal, but the officials reviewed it and got the call right. A thorough video review showed that the puck had indeed completely crossed the line, and then the Caps threw up a prayer of a coach's challenge, alleging goaltender interference.

"I think anytime 43's out of the lineup, you see a loss", Oshie said. "Sometimes it's a bad call against us". We know we're going to have to play really well, but it's possible. "We understand it's not over". I got so mad because it's a good chance to score, but after, there's a replay and it's in. The Penguins were 2 for 4. He was forced to sit out two preseason games following a late hit on St. Louis Blues rookie Robert Thomas and was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for boarding Blues forward Sammy Blais shortly after his return.

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