Oshie scores OT winner as Caps edge Pens

Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:03am EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - It took half an overtime to settle the back-and-forth playoff series opener between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Then it took a few minutes to more to confirm that it was settled.

T.J. Oshie completed a hat-trick when he scored the game-winning goal at 9:33 of overtime and the Capitals defeated the Penguins 4-3 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semi-final.

Oshie's wraparound attempt snuck under the pad of goaltender Matthew Murphy and survived a lengthy video review.

"Thought I could maybe beat him back to the post," Oshie said. "He did a good job. He actually beat me by a hair. I think I got a bounce off his blocker maybe and it went back in."

As hats soared out onto the Verizon Center ice, the players waited by the bench while the goal was reviewed. A huge roar accompanied the referee's announcement.

"The wait seemed pretty long," Oshie said. "I thought I saw it all the way across. I put my hands up and looked at the ref, and he marked it a goal so that kind of reassured me."

Andre Burakovsky also scored for Washington and Braden Holtby made 42 saves.

Game 2 is set for Saturday.   Continued...

 
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) makes a save on Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) in the third period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports