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Penguins vs. Capitals Game 1 Recap: Oshie's hat trick sinks Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Penguins drop game one in overtime following a hat trick by TJ Oshie

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The Pittsburgh Penguins hung tough with the Washington Capitals in Game 1, but it wasn't enough as they fell 4-3 in overtime. T.J. Oshie scored the game-winner, his 3rd of the game.

The Pens did several things well- Nick Bonino had a very strong game creating the Pens first goal (which Ben Lovejoy made a nice follow-up to the net) and then Bonino scored the game tying goal as well.

Rookie Matt Murray didn't have an answer for Oshie all night, but he did well to stop Alex Ovechkin on a breakaway with about 3 minutes left in a tie game - shades of Marc-Andre Fleury on Ovechkin in Game 7 in 2009.

After being out-shot 15-9 in the first period, the Pens dominated shots on goal the rest of the game by a margin of 36-20. Caps goalie Braden Holtby played a strong game, but wasn't unbeatable, including a magnificent backhand goal by Evgeni Malkin in the 2nd period.

Still, there's opportunity for improvement- the Pens first line of Conor Sheary - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist were on the ice for no goals for and 3 against. The Pens first line couldn't slow Oshie and that cost them the game. Those players will have to be much better in the future.

The Pens took Game 1 to overtime on the road, giving themselves a chance to steal a game early in the series, but they failed to do so. Game 2 will be an important test to see how both teams are able to regroup and adjust.