Penguins go ahead against Capitals

The Pittsburgh Penguins have shot into a second-round NHL Stanley Cup play-offs lead against the Washington Capitals after a 3-2 win on Monday.

The Penguins were too good for the Presidents' Trophy winners from the word go as they stormed into the lead just six minutes, 37 seconds into the game.

Patric Hornqvist scored his fourth goal of the play-offs with a tip-in as the less-fancied Penguins hit the lead and Tom Kuhnhackl managed to double that advantage just 60 seconds later with a tip-in of his own.

Pittsburgh proved resolute in defence, while rookie goaltender Matt Murray was in superb form, as the Penguins parried assault after assault on their goal from the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals.

Carl Hagelin made it 3-0 with just under five minutes remaining in the second period, making for a long road back for the Capitals.

But Washington started the third period well, with Ovechkin finding the back of the net eight minutes in to set up an intriguing finish.

There was more drama with a minute to go when Ovechkin rattled the post with a fierce drive which evaded Murray.

The puck rebounded straight into the path of Justin Williams who tucked it away with ease, but it was too little, too late for the Capitals.

It certainly was not for a lack of trying, however, with Murray, 21, finishing the game with 47 saves off 49 shots.

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