Justin Williams scored the tying goal with 1:56 left in regulation, and Brock McGinn also scored for the Hurricanes.
They won their fourth in five games and earned an important two points in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race — and perhaps just as important, prevented the Penguins from picking up a second point.
PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel scored his first NHL regular-season hat trick to help the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.
Guentzel had a hat trick in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and scored four goals in a game during the 2018 playoffs. He leads the Penguins with 11 goals in 22 games and has five in his past four.
“It’s always nice to get [a hat trick] in front of your fans,” Guentzel said. “Obviously it feels nice. … We know what it’s going to be like when you play these guys. It’s going to be hard-nosed and it’s going to be a hostile game so I think we were ready for that.”
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Boston came in first, and Detroit was second on the list.
The study did rank Pittsburgh first for fan engagement.
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In the follow-up performance to a Game 3 loss marked by defensive miscommunications and mishaps, the Vegas Golden Knights looked even worse for most of Game 4, falling to the Capitals 6-2 to go down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals. On the whole, Vegas actually did a better job of creating dangerous chances and holding possession on the attack than they did on Saturday night. But when it came to the biggest moments of the game, they struggled just as badly.
The Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final
The Capitals grind out a huge win in Vegas to send the series back to Washington tied 1-1
Monday night at PPG Paints Arena, the Capitals snapped one of the strangest, cruelest and most improbable streaks in sports. They became the first Washington representative since 1998 to reach the conference finals in one of the four major North American sports, knocking out the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a 2-1 victory in Game 6 of the second round.
PITTSBURGH – It was ironic that a penalty for too many men on the ice sealed the loss for the Capitals, preventing Washington from getting a man-advantage when it pulled goaltender Braden Holtby. The Capitals seemed shorthanded for the entire contest.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-1 win Thursday night tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2, with two of the next three games in Washington. Though the Capitals said the absence of suspended top-line right wing Tom Wilson would motivate them, it also was evident how much he was missed, especially as captain Alex Ovechkin was held without a shot on goal in a playoff game for just the third time in his career.
Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Series: Tied 2-2
Next game: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, Capital One Arena
• Capitals drop Game 4, first without Tom Wilson, as series heads back to Washington tied at 2. (Read more)
• Top takeaways: Guentzel hot, Ovechkin not. (Read more)
• Jake Guentzel scored twice, including an empty-netter to seal Pittsburgh’s 3-1 win that leveled the series at two games apiece. (Read more)
• This series always features compelling hockey — and some other drama, too. (Read more)
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — As a handful of Pittsburgh Penguins trickled onto the ice for an optional morning skate at the team’s practice facility Wednesday morning, they found themselves in an unfamiliar and uncomfortable place. It was less than 14 hours after they had suffered a crushing 4-3 loss in Game 3 to the Washington Capitals, who are just the second team in as many years to own a playoff series lead over the two-time defending champions.
Pittsburgh had found itself chasing Washington in Games 1 and 2 after slow starts in each, and now it finds itself in the rare position of chasing in the series. It is reminiscent of the 2-1 hole the Penguins fell into in last year’s Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa, which set up a pressure-packed Game 4 in that series. Pittsburgh won that game, 3-2, a pivotal response as it outlasted the Senators in seven games before ousting Nashville in the Stanley Cup finals. Thursday’s Game 4 against Washington carries similar stakes, so Wednesday for some players was a chance to work on their shortcomings and find full closure after Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin had shocked them in their own building with a game-winning goal with 67 seconds left Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh gets a power play but can’t score. The Capitals get their first chance and the Pens almost kill it, but almost doesn’t count. 2-0.