Oshie scores OT winner as Caps edge Pens
(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...