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NHL Three Stars: Oshie's trick leads Capitals in Game 1

No. 1 Star: T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals

The Capitals forward tallied his first career playoff hat trick as Washington took Game 1 over the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. After tying the game in the second period and giving the Capitals the lead early in the third, Oshie turned a neutral zone turnover into the overtime winner.

No. 2 Star: Nick Bonino, Pittsburgh Penguins

Bonino helped the Penguins stay in the game by recording two points — a goal and an assist — that evened the score both times with the Capitals. Down 1-0 midway through the second period Bonino set up Ben Lovejoy’s first of the postseason after a nice dangle through the Washington defense.

His goal came with Pittsburgh trailing 3-2 with 10:18 left in the third period.

No. 3 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

The Penguins outshot the Capitals 45-35 and 36-29 at even strength. Holtby would stop 42 shots overall on the night, which included 27 combined in the second and third periods. Game 1 was only the third game all season Holtby was forced to make 40-plus stops. 

Honorable Mention: Andre Burakovsky was one of three players in the game to record their first goal of the postseason … Brooks Orpik played 25:58 after missing Washington's final three games of Round 1 ... Jay Beagle was a hockey stick magnet: 

Did You Know? Washington is now 8-1 all-time in Game 1s against the Penguins. (AP)

Dishonorable Mention: Both power plays combined to go 0-for-6 … Chris Kunitz left the game early in overtime and didn't return after taking a puck to the ear while sitting on the Penguins bench ... Will Tom Wilson face any discipline for his knee-on-knee hit on Conor Sheary? 



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