WASHINGTON DC – A showdown that seemed inevitable since the Pittsburgh Penguins ousted the Washington Capitals in last year’s NHL playoffs opened on a sour note for Caps fans Thursday night.
The Penguins beat the Capitals at the Verizon Center 3-2 in the opening round of this year’s second round playoff series.
After a quiet first period, Pittsburgh jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of Sidney Crosby goals early in the second.
The Caps got one back later in the period with an Alex Ovechkin goal. The equalizer came in the third period when Evgeny Kuznetsov found the back of the net.
Nick Bonino scored the game winning goal with 7:24 left to lift the Penguins to victory.
Despite compiling a stellar record during the regular seasons both this year and last year the Capitals were done in by a familiar foe in the Penguin, who last year went on to win the Cup.
Game 2 is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Verizon Center.