WASHINGTON – Jake Guentzel scored his 22nd goal at 2:11 in overtime to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night in a result that secured both teams’ spots. in the playoffs.
Guentzel’s winner in a single redirection of John Marino’s pass came after Washington’s Tom Wilson forced extra time with 14.3 seconds left.
The result, combined with the New York Islanders’ regulation victory over the New York Rangers, ensures that both teams will be among the four playoff teams in the Eastern Division.
Kasperi Kapanen scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season, Frederick Gaudreau added a goal on his return from injury and Zach Aston-Reese also scored for the Penguins, who have now won five of their seven meetings with the Capitals.
Colton Sceviour and Jared McCann each had two assists for the Penguins.
PLAYOFF MODE: ON!
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TJ Oshie scored his 18th goal, Daniel Sprung added his fourth in three games and Dmitry Orlov also scored for Washington before Wilson’s last draw.
Justin Schultz and Nicklas Backstrom each had two assists for the Capitals, who would not have secured their spot with a loss in regulation.
Pittsburgh’s Tristan Jarry made 33 saves and Washington’s Vitek Vanacek made 30 saves.
Kapanen gave his team the lead again midway through the third. McCann saw him breaking down the right with a cross ice pass, and with his defender’s strike, Kapanen lifted a shot over the side of Vanacek’s blocker into the upper right corner.
Wilson leveled it at 6v5. Evgeny Kuznetsov tracked down his own fault, then spun around and fired a hard shot in front of the crease, and Wilson lifted a shot over Jarry’s shoulder.
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Penguins: RW Evan Rodrigues had to be helped out of the ice midway after teammate Mike Matheson’s attempted shot caught him in the left leg. … Evgeny Malkin (lower body) participated in the Pittsburgh morning skating. … Gaudreau (lower body) came back after missing seven games.
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin (lower body) missed his third game in a row, and D John Carlson (lower body) stayed out as a decision at game time. … Schultz (lower body) missed Washington’s previous three games before his return on Thursday.
Oshie’s goal on a power play in the first period snapped Pittsburgh’s winning streak of nine penalties against Washington, the NHL’s second-best club in men’s lead.
Meanwhile, Kapanen’s tying goal later in the first was the first allowed with uniform force by a Capitals goalkeeper since the second period of a 6-3 loss to Boston on April 18, a 222-minute stretch. and 42 seconds.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
The penguins and the capitals meet again on Saturday in Washington, completing their seasonal series.