Penguins take 3-1 series lead over Capitals


The Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-1 second-round series lead following a 3-2 overtime win over the Washington Capitals in the NHL Stanley Cup play-offs on Wednesday. 

After losing the first game of the best-of-seven series, the Penguins have now won three straight and are one victory away from a spot in the Eastern Conference final thanks to Patric Hornqvist's winner in OT.

The Capitals - the 2016 Presidents' Cup winners - took the lead inside three minutes thanks to Jay Beagle in Pittsburgh.

However, that advantage did not last long, with the ever-reliable Sidney Crosby tying up the scores at 1-1 nine minutes, 16 seconds into the first period. 

The Penguins then took control of the game at the Consol Energy Center, with Matt Cullen putting the home side ahead 3:07 into the second period. 

But the Capitals refused to give up, knowing another loss would put them in grave danger of elimination, and John Carlson scored to tie the game towards the end of the second period.

A scoreless third period followed, meaning OT would decide who took out game four in the series. 

With the home fans on their side, the Penguins rallied and found the winner, with 29-year-old Hornqvist scoring past Capitals' goaltender Braden Holtby.