Nick Bonino then responded at 8:42 of the period to tie the game at 3-3
2nd Period Summary: Pens erupt for 2 goals in 57 seconds, Oshie responds
Capitals 2 – Penguins 2
The Penguins erupted with two goals (Ben Lovejoy, 10:40; Evgeni Malkin, 11:37) from Lovejoy and Malkin in 57 seconds to take a 2-1 lead mid-way through the period.
The lead would not last long as T.J. Oshie scored on a breakaway off an Olli Maatta turnover, 33 seconds after Malkin’s go-ahead goal to tie the game at 2-2.
Pittsburgh carried the territorial edge in the period, out-shooting Washington 17-7. Overall in the game after forty minutes, Pittsburgh holds a 26-22 edge in shots.
1st Period Summary: Caps strike first, carry play over final 15 mins of period
Capitals 1 – Penguins 0
The Washington Capitals struck first in Game 1 off an Evgeni Malkin turnover just inside the Capitals zone as Washington went the other way and Andre Burakovsky (1) scored at 10:13 of the period to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.
Pittsburgh out-shot Washington 5-1 to start the game but Washington out-shot Pittsburgh 14-4 over the final 14:30 of the period.
Matt Murray was strong in goal for Pittsburgh through the first 20 minutes. His first save of the period was stopping Alexander Ovechkin on a breakaway.