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NHL playoffs 2018: Capitals' Jakub Vrana nets Game 5 winner, pushes Penguins to brink

Sporting News logo Sporting News 5/6/2018 John Arlia

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions are on the brink of elimination.

Jakub Vrana, bumped to the Capitals' top line due to injuries, had three points, including the game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, helping the Capitals to a 6-3 win over the Penguins Saturday and giving Washington a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.

The lead-up to Vrana's goal started in the Capitals' defensive zone when goaltender Braden Holtby robbed Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin on a close-range shot.

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Washington then regained the puck and took it the other way, with Alex Ovechkin breaking down the right wing and playing the puck towards the net where Vrana was on hand to tap it home.

a man riding skis down a snow covered slope: Jakub Vrana © (Getty Images) Jakub Vrana

In addition to the goal, Vrana had two assists on his way to being named the top star of the night. He was playing alongside Ovechkin on the Capitals' top line after Nicklas Backstrom left the game in the third period with an upper-body injury.

The 22-year-old rookie now has two goals and four assists in 10 games this postseason.


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