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On this date in Penguins history: A comeback effort to take a 1-0 lead against the Capitals

The Penguins kicked off their third straight postseason series against the Capitals with an opening game win.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

For the third time in as many years, the Penguins and Capitals squared off in the second round of the NHL Playoffs.

After defeating the Capitals in six games in 2016 and seven games in 2017 and going on to win the Stanley Cup in both seasons, the Penguins were looking again to take down their division rival and attempting a threepeat.

The game started out very poorly for the Penguins, with Evgeny Kuznetsov giving the Capitals a 1-0 lead just 17 seconds into the game.

Early into the third period, Alex Ovechkin would extend the lead to 2-0. It wasn’t feeling good at this point.

Patric Hornqvist quickly getting on the board for the Penguins helped change the tide, and a few minutes later Sidney Crosby would tie the game.

Just 2 minutes after that, Jake Guentzel would score the game-winning goal, as the Penguins would hold down the fort for the remaining 12 minutes of the game.

A 32-save effort from Matt Murray was needed to get the Penguins the series lead.

The Capitals would ultimately go on to win the series in six games and go on to win the Stanley Cup.