Penguins win Game 6, eliminate Capitals

Wed May 11, 2016 12:10am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Nick Bonino scored 6:32 into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame Washington's frantic three-goal comeback to win 4-3 and eliminate the Capitals from the Eastern Conference semi-finals on Tuesday.

Bonino pounced on a Carl Hagelin rebound to put the puck past Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby after the Penguins' own string of terrible penalties had helped Washington overcome a 3-0 deficit to tie the game.

The Penguins, the NHL's hottest team with 22 wins in 27 games, now move on to the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning later this week.

Tampa Bay rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Penguins in a first-round series in 2011.

The Capitals were trying to stage their own comeback from a 3-1 series deficit, only to be denied by Bonino's goal and rookie Matt Murray's outstanding goaltending. Murray made 36 saves and is now 4-0 after a loss in these playoffs.

Phil Kessel had two goals and an assist for the Penguins, who have won their last 57 games when leading after two periods.

Washington still have not reached the Eastern Conference finals since 1998.

The Penguins led 3-0 after Kessel scored early in the first and Kessel and Hagelin scored 33 seconds apart on the same Brooks Orpik-caused power play in the second period.

A bad penalty by Penguins forward Chris Kunitz led to T.J. Oshie's power-play goal with 1:30 left in the second, which started Washington's comeback.   Continued...

May 10, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino (LC) and right wing Phil Kessel (81) celebrate after Bonino scored the game winning goal in overtime against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in game six of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 4-3 in overtime to win the series 4 games to 2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports