Three Americans on the Pittsburgh Penguins contributed offensively with goals in their playoff victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Phil Kessel of Madison, Wisconsin and Jake Guentzel of Omaha, Nebraska each scored twice, while Matt Cullen of Virginia, Minnesota also scored in the Penguins' 6-2 win over the Capitals at the Verizon Center in Arlington, Virginia. With the win, the Penguins lead the Capitals two games to none in the best out of seven second round playoff series.
Kessel and Guentzel also had three point games as they tied career highs. Kessel recorded an assist on a goal by Evgeni Malkin while Guentzel recorded an assist on a goal by Kessel.
Guentzel's first goal of the hockey game, his sixth of the Stanley Cup playoffs, was the game winning goal. It came from Sidney Crosby with 3:46 left in the second period.
The Penguins need to be elated with the playoff play of Guentzel. He now has seven goals and three assists for ten points in seven playoff games. Guentzel is one of four Penguins who has reached double digits in points in the playoffs. Malkin has three goals and ten assists for 13 points. Crosby and Kessel each have four goals and seven assists for 11 points.