The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals opened their playoff series Thursday night in Washington D.C. Marc-Andre Fleury would start in net for the Penguins. Braden Holtby would start in net for the Capitals. Matt Murray, Carter Towney, Chad Ruhwedel, and Mark Streit would be the scratches for the Penguins. Karl Alzner, Paul Carey, Taylor Chorney, and Chandler Stephenson would be the scratches for the Capitals.
Alex Ovechkin would get called for interference at 3:38 of the 1st period. There would be no scoring in the 1st. Washington would have 6 shots to the Penguins 4 in the first.
Sidney Crosby would score 12 seconds into the 2nd to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist would have the assists. Sidney would score his 2nd of the game at 1:04 to make it 2-0. Patric Hornqvist and Olli Maatta would have the assists. Alex Ovechkin would score at 18:17 to make 2-1. Lars Eller and T.J. Oshie would have the assists. Kevin Shattenkirk and Scott Wilson would each get called for roughing at 19:41. The Capitals would have 13 shots to the Penguins 11 shots in the 2nd.
Evgeny Kuznetsov would score at 8:05 of the 3rd to tie the game at 2. Matt Niskanen would have the lone assist. Nick Bonino would score at 12:36 to make it 3-2 Penguins. Scott Wilson and Ian Cole would have the assists. Matt Niskanen would get called for slashing at 12:45. Washington would have 16 shots to the Penguins 6 in the 3rd.
The Penguins would go 0 for 2 on the powerplay. Marc-Andre would make 33 saves on 35 shots. Sidney Crosby would have 2 goals. Nick Bonino would have 1 goal. Patric Hornqvist would have 2 assists. Scott Wilson, Jake Guentzel, Olli Maatta, and Ian Cole would each have an assist each. The Penguins and Capitals play game 2 in D.C. on Saturday.