By Steve Kelly
The Caps live to skate another day!
Andre Burakovsky scored twice, Nicklas Backstrom notched his sixth goal of the playoffs and the visiting Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, to force a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference semifinal.
John Carlson and T. J. Oshie also scored for the Capitals. Braden Holtby stopped 16 to send the series back to Washington for the deciding game on Wednesday night.
Late in the third period, the Penguins’ Jake Guentzel picked up his playoff-leading ninth goal and Evgeni Malkin added another 52 seconds later to make the score look better, but the Penguins were never in it. The Capitals controlled play throughout. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 21 saves and received little help.
This is the fourth time the Penguins and Capitals will meet in a Game 7. Pittsburgh has won each of the three previous deciding games, the last in 2009 in Washington on its way to the Stanley Cup.