WASHINGTON (AP) After the Capitals scored early Authentic Oscar Fantenberg Jersey , the Penguins scored often to stun their rivals with yet another comeback.Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span to help Pittsburgh erase a two-goal deficit in the third period and the Penguins beat Washington 3-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the second-round series.Showing no panic from allowing a goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov 17 seconds into the game and another to Alex Ovechkin 28 seconds into the third period, the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions took another series lead in typical Penguins fashion.Playing without injured forwards Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh naturally fed off Crosby, who had a goal and an assist.Right from Sid, he led the way for us and its right down the lineup, said Guentzel, who had a goal and two assists and leads the playoffs with 16 points. You cant get down. Theres going to be highs and lows throughout the whole series. Youve got to stick with it to the end and we were happy to get three and end up winning the game.Matt Murray stopped 32 of 34 shots, keeping the Penguins in the game and maintaining the lead late with a sprawling stick save on Brett Connolly with 2:30 left. Unsure of what would happen at the other end of the rink with Braden Holtby dialed in, Murray could only keep the puck out as much as possible after allowing the early-period goals to Kuznetsov and Ovechkin.Murray denied Michal Kempny from point-blank range and kept the puck out from a hard-charging Devante Smith-Pelly early and missed no opportunity to give the Penguins the impressive stop when they needed it.I thought he was locked in all night long, coach Mike Sullivan said. He made some big saves for us, especially when they were pressing down the stretch there. When you get those types of saves, its easy to play with some confidence in front of him.Murray couldnt predict a furious comeback, but he wasnt shocked, either. Not after Pittsburgh has won nine consecutive playoff series dating to 2016, including two against these Capitals.Theres going to be good things that happen out there and theres going to be bad things that happen out there Tanner Pearson Jersey , Murray said. Its about how you respond. We did a good job of that.The Capitals gave the Penguins a couple of solid punches in the series opener but didnt respond well when some bounces went against them early in the third. A deflection goal by Hornqvist, a puck that went off Ovechkins stick to Crosby and then a redirection by Guentzel took the air out of the building and ruined a strong start by Holtby.Obviously, some things wed like to work on, said Holtby, who stopped all 17 shots through two periods before allowing three on eight in the third. Same time, their goals they scored, they were kind of strange plays, especially the last one. It was one of those thats just a weird bounce.Washington blew a two-goal lead for the fourth time in seven games in these playoffs, but players felt they handled this better than situations in the first round against Columbus.Those three shifts, they score, said Kuznetsov, whose goal was the second-fastest in Capitals playoff history. I feel like they got momentum, and then they score again and again.As even as the play was, a handful of mistakes were enough to put the Penguins up going into Game 2 Sunday afternoon. Sullivan already sees opportunities to cut down on chances against, and his players think they can be better as the series goes on.Its one game, we did some good things http://www.kingsproshop.com/authentic-tyler-toffoli-jersey , Crosby said. I think in any playoff series, its just about getting better with every game.NOTES: The Capitals have killed 18 consecutive penalties dating to Game 2 against Columbus. .., Malkin skated Thursday morning with teammates, while Hagelin did not make the trip. Malkin could be an option for Game 2 if his apparent leg injury has healed enough. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The checklist for the Nashville Predators is getting shorter as the regular season winds down.Kyle Turris scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Predators over the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.The win clinched the defending Western Conference champions home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The franchises first Central Division title also is in reach, with Nashville leading Winnipeg by five points for both the top seed in the West and in the division with six games remaining apiece. Nashville wrapped up its division schedule by going 18-5-3.We took another step closer tonight to achieving that goal and keep on getting wins, and finish as high as we can, Predators forward Scott Hartnell said. Its just been great efforts the whole year long, and especially tonight a big effort by everybody.Nashville also moved three points ahead of Tampa Bay in the chase for the Presidents Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Predators visit Tampa Bay on Sunday.Roman Josi scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves.Rinne turned away Nino Niederreiter in the shootout. Zach Parises attempt went wide left, and Rinne stopped Mikko Koivu to clinch it.I thought it was our best game for a while now, Josi said. I thought we played really well. I thought we played really well defensively, they didnt have too many chances, and (Rinne) was there for us whenever they did have a chance. I thought it was a complete effort from us, and its good to be back in the win column.Eric Staal tied it for Minnesota with 3:15 left on his 40th goal this season.Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves as Minnesota snapped a five-game point streak. The Wild still won the season series against Nashville, 3-2.It was a great point Devan Dubnyk Jersey , said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau with Minnesota third in the Central and three points ahead of St. Louis. Thats, right now, they are the best team in the league, and we played them inch for inch.The Predators thought they had scored 40 seconds into overtime on a slap shot by Ryan Ellis. Minnesota challenged for offside, and the goal was overturned on review because Turris right skate was a few inches ahead of the puck past the blue line.I was right on the line on the bench and I figured it might be offside, but great job of still getting it done after, Josi said of the erased goal.Rinne stopped Staal twice in overtime, and Mikael Granlund hit the far post with 1:07 left.Turris shot first for Nashville in the shootout, and he skated up before going across the slot and beating Dubnyk stick-side .Nashville returned home for three games mired in a skid that matched its longest this season. Playing in front of the 99th consecutive sold-out crowd didnt hurt as the Predators improved to 26-8-4 in the place known as Smashville.The Predators came out throwing pucks at Dubnyk, and Josi put Nashville up 1-0 with a slap shot from the point off the faceoff that went under Dubnyks glove 2:51 into the game.Jordan Greenway made his NHL debut after finishing his college career at Boston University and signing a three-year entry level deal with Minnesota. Greenway was welcomed by a big check from Hartnell midway through the first period.This is a tough game for a young mans career, but I thought he handled it well, Boudreau said of Greenway.Nashville missed plenty of chances to pad its lead, going scoreless on four man advantages through the first two periods.Staal tied it by beating Rinnes left skate inside the post.NOTES: Staal joined Gordie Howe as the only players to go at least nine years between 40-goal seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Howe went 12 seasons between his 44 goals in 1956-57 and 44 goals in 1968-69. Staal scored 40 in 2008-09, and this is his third 40-goal season. Nashville won its most divisional games since also winning 18 in 2007-08. Turris now has six goals on 13 shots in the shootout this season.UP NEXTWild: Host Dallas on Thursday night.Predators: Host Sharks on Thursday night.