Capitals rally past Penguins in Game 5 to avoid elimination

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Turris scored 6:28 into overtime to lift the Senators over the New York Rangers for a 3-2 series lead in their second-round series.

Washington woke up in the third and goals were scored by Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Alex Ovechkin.

Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20), from Denmark, celebrates as teammate Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russian Federation, scores a goal as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and teammates Olli Maatta (3), from Finland, Ron Hainsey (65), watch the puck go into the net during the third period of Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Washington.

The setting was storybook for an elimination game, from the surprising return of Sidney Crosby to spark the Penguins to the stunning shakeup of the stars to shock the Capitals.

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Senators 5, Rangers 4 • Kyle Turris scored 6:28 into overtime to lift host Ottawa over NY for a 3-2 series lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Maybe it took getting right to the brink of elimination, trailing in the third period, to get the Capitals to the point where they played with the desperation they too often lacked throughout this series.

The Penguins were locked in a Game 5 tie, but they were anything but treading water. Kuznetsov already has a guarantee about Ovechkin for next game: "He's going to score two goals". "In these tight games, we need our best players to step up and do the hard work and be difference makers and I think that's what they were tonight".

"We've talked about not sabotaging ourselves and we were on our way to do that again", Senators coach Guy Boucher said of the early deficit.

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Burakovsky pumped some energy back in with a psychologically important goal with 29.7 seconds remaining in the first period, his first of the playoffs.

Washington's Lars Eller had two assists.

Consider that Sidney Crosby scored twice in the series-opener, on Washington ice no less.

Jesper Fast, Nick Holden, Ryan McDonagh and Jimmy Vesey scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 32 saves.

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It was the first Capitals' first goal from a bottom-six forward in the series. "It's not going to always go your way", Pyatt said. "I think we had the right mindset coming in, and I think we went into the third with the right mentality and just weren't able to grab that momentum back when they tied it".

The Penguins pulled their goalie for the extra attacker with over two minutes remaining in the third but were unable to get even one past Holtby. The Capitals' top-line center carried the puck up the ice, executed a give-and-go with Burakovsky and beat Fleury for the tying goal at 2:49 of the third. Even Noted Playoff Moment-Riser-Man Justin Williams hasn't made a big impact in this series. Despite regularly dominating in the regular season and nine playoff appearances in the past 10 seasons, the Capitals haven't reached the Eastern Conference Final once in that time. Pittsburgh is far too unsafe with the man advantage to give them any opportunities on it. "We'll learn from it and go back home".