WASHINGTON (WRIC) — A former Washington Capital comes back to haunt the team as Eric Fehr scores the game-winning goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period, leading the Pens to a 2-1 win. Fehr’s game-winner was a redirected pass from Penguin center Evgeni Malkin.
The second round Stanley Cup Eastern Conference series is now knotted at one game apiece.
Marcus Johansson scored a power-play goal in the third period for the Caps.
The Penguins started off the scoring in the second period with Carl Hagelin’s second tally of the playoffs.
The Caps struggled offensively in the first two periods — the team only had ten shots on goal. In the third period, they had 14 shots for a game total of 24. Johansson finally broke through for the team after a series of crisp passing by the Caps during a man-advantage. Johansson’s goal, assisted by John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov, tied the game at 1-1.
PHOTOS: NHL Playoffs — Capitals vs. Penguins
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Pittsburgh, who had a total of 35 shots for the game, came back with less than five minutes to play. Eric Fehr’s late goal, his second of the playoffs, would put the Pens up for good. Fehr played for the Caps from 2005-2011 and 2012-2015.
Washington’s special teams continued its stellar play for the playoffs; the Caps were 1-2 on the power play and killed all five of the Penguins’ power plays.
The series shifts to Pittsburgh on Monday night.