Burakovsky at the double as Caps down Penguins to tie series

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Burakovsky at the double as Caps down Penguins to tie series

New York (AFP) – Andre Burakovsky scored twice as the Washington Capitals thrashed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 to level their Eastern Conference semi-final series. 

T.J. Oshie opened the scoring in the first period before Burakovsky grabbed his first of the night in the second period to give the Caps a deserved 2-0 lead at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena. 

Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Burakovsky all struck in quick succession to fire Washington into a commanding 5-0 lead in the third period to all but guarantee victory. 

Two late goals from Jake Guentzel and Evegeni Malkin were mere consolation for the Penguins, who at one stage had led the best-of-seven series 3-1. 

The series will now be settled in a decisive Game 7 in Washington on Wednesday.

Andre Burakovsky (L) celebrates scoring against the Pittsburgh Penguins as the Washington Capitals win 5-2
Copyright GETTY IMAGES/AFP Gregory Shamus

 

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