Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators open NHL playoff series with wins

Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt, center, falls on the ice between the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Phil Kessel, left, and Bryan Rust during the second period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup second-round playoff series on Thursday in Washington. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin got much of the buzz heading into the showdown of two of NHL’s best teams, and Ovechkin collected his fourth goal of the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov tied it in the third, but Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 of his 32 saves in the final period to help the defending Stanley Cup champions to victory.

Crosby beat Braden Holtby with his first two shots in the second.

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Senators 2, Rangers 1

At Ottawa, Ontario, Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, lifting Ottawa to the win in its opener.

The Senators captain beat fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist from just above the goal line. The shot pinged off Rangers center Derek Stepan before going into the net.

It was Karlsson’s first goal and seventh point of the playoffs.