Penguins, Capitals each clinch playoff berth in OT game

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WASHINGTON — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals each clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Pittsburgh’s 5-4 overtime win at Capital One Arena on Thursday.

Jake Guentzel scored at 2:11 of overtime to put Pittsburgh into first place in the MassMutual East Division. Tom Wilson scored the tying goal with 15 seconds left in the third period to give second-place Washington the point it needed to qualify.

Guentzel redirected a pass from John Marino for the game-winner and the 5-4 final.

Wilson made it 4-4 from in front off a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov in the corner with an extra attacker.

Kasperi Kapanen scored two goals for the Penguins (33-15-3), who have won five of six. Tristan Jarry made 32 saves.

Dmitry Orlov had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Sprong scored his fourth goal in three games for the Capitals (32-14-3), who had won three straight. Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and Vanecek made 30 saves.

Kapanen made it 4-3 at 10:55 of the third period when he scored on a wrist shot from the right circle.

T.J. Oshie gave Washington a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 7:27 of the first period when he deflected Justin Schultz‘s slap shot from the center point.

Kapanen tied it 1-1 at 15:27 when he intercepted Nicklas Backstrom’s pass and scored on a wrist shot from the slot.

The Penguins took a 2-1 lead when Frederick Gaudreau, in his return after missing seven games with a lower-body injury, scored off a cross-ice pass from Jason Zucker at 8:32 of the second period.

Orlov’s deflected slap shot tied it 2-2 at 9:02.

Washington took a 3-2 lead when Sprong, at the left post, deflected Schultz’s feed from the right point at 15:07. Zach Aston-Reese made it 3-3 when he took pass from Colton Sceviour and slid a backhand between Vanecek’s pads at 18:11.

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (lower body) missed his 22nd game. Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (lower body) missed his third straight game; it was the first time he missed a game against the Penguins in his NHL career.

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