Malkin steps up, leads improbable Penguins rally to OT vs. Capitals

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It sure looked like the story would be that the Pittsburgh Penguins just couldn’t overcome their latest obstacle after fighting through injuries and other challenges all season long.

Well, about that …

Evgeni Malkin scored a 2-1 goal with 1:53 remaining in the third period, giving the Penguins some life against the Capitals late in Game 3.

Almost two minutes with a net still empty? At least a few people wondered if Pittsburgh could really do it as the crowd chanted Braden Holtby‘s name.

And … then they did. Justin Schultz scored the 2-2 goal with a helper from Malkin just 48 seconds later.

Just like that, Game 3 is going to overtime.

Now, the Capitals still have some advantages. Pittsburgh is down Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary. Washington dressed seven defensemen, which could be a blessing if this one goes longer.

It’s a stunning game, and a lot is on the line for Washington. Who would have thought this was possible?

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