April 27 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three goals in 4:49 to beat the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup playoffs series.
Pittsburgh came away with the 3-2 triumph Thursday at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 17 seconds into the game, giving his squad a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series. Neither side netted a score for the remainder of the opening frame or in the second period.
Then the defending Stanley Cup champions mounted their comeback. Patric Hornqvist redirected a Justin Schultz shot into the net past Braden Holtby at 2:29, cutting the deficit in half. Penguins star Sidney Crosby tied the game 2:21 later by sneaking one through Holtby's five hole after getting a pass from Jake Guentzel.
"Just a big play by Horny to get us going," Crosby told reporters. "We had some good looks throughout the night. He goes hard at the net and makes a great play and that kinda jumpstarted us. At that point when you are down, I think everybody is on their toes trying to get us back in it."
The Penguins center made another big play just 2:28 later. Guentzel was standing to the left of the goal on that play. He deflected a Crosby shot just above Holtby's right shoulder for the go-ahead score.
"We just stuck with it in the third after they scored. We were hoping to get a couple and they came for us," Guentzel said.
The Penguins and Capitals resume their series at 2 p.m. Sunday in Washington, D.C. The series heads to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.