The Washington Capitals forced Game 6 with a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center. Washington scored three times in third period to overcome a one-goal deficit. Sidney Crosby returned for the Penguins and picked up an assist in the loss.
Kyle Turris scored 6:28 into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a wild, 6-5 win over the New York Rangers. It was Ottawa’s fifth overtime win of the postseason. It appeared that Michael Grabner had won it earlier in the extra session for the Rangers, but his goal was waved off due to a high-stick. The Senators lead the series three games to two.
Two elimination games are on today’s schedule. The Nashville Predators will host the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena (NBC - 3 pm). The Predators hold a 3-2 lead in the series. The Edmonton Oilers will take on the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Place this evening (NBCSN - 7 pm) with the Ducks holding a 3-2 lead in that series.
In Florida Panthers news, forward Denis Malgin finished with two shots on goal, a -1 rating, and went 2 for three on faceoffs in 13:53 TOI in Switzerland’s 5-4 shootout win over Slovenia at 2017 IIHF World Championship.
Nick Bjugstad (USA), Mike Matheson (Canada) and Jason Demers (Canada) will be in action today at the Worlds. The United States will take on Denmark (NHL Network 10 am) and Canada will do battle with Slovenia early this morning (NHL Network - in progress).
Goaltending prospect Samuel Montembeault made 33 saves in Blainville-Boisbriand’s 4-0 loss to Saint John. The Armada now trail the Sea Dogs two games to none in the final round of the QMJHL playoffs.