Oshie hat-trick seals game one for Capitals


The Washington Capitals might have won game one of their second round NHL Stanley Cup play-offs series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but there was nothing to choose between the two sides after a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory.

T.J. Oshie was the hero as he scored a hat-trick on Thursday, the third proving the winner in the additional period at Verizon Center.

Oshie went unassisted to score the game-winning goal in an amazing performance in Washington.

Andre Burakovsky opened the scoring for the Capitals 10 minutes, 13 seconds into the first period, before the game exploded to life in the second.

The Penguins shot into a 2-1 lead as Ben Lovejoy and Evgeni Malkin hit the scoresheet within 57 seconds of one another.

Oshie scored the first of his hat-trick less than 40 seconds later to tie the scores heading into the second intermission.

Oshie was at it again 3:23 into the third, when he snuck the puck between Matt Murray's legs for his second, before Nick Bonino restored parity at 3-3 midway through the third period.

But the President's Cup winners would not be denied as Oshie raced through to score the Capitals' fourth and his third of the night to seal the triumph, 9:33 into the first period of overtime.