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T.J. Oshie's hat trick leads Capitals to thrilling overtime Game 1 win over Penguins

Oshie was the difference in a game that lived up to the hype.

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The highly anticipated series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins got off to a raucous start on Thursday. An overtime goal and a hat trick from T.J. Oshie gave the Capitals a 4-3 win in the series opener.

Washington will try to extend its 1-0 series lead on Saturday. T.J. Oshie led the Capitals offensively with three goals and five shots, while goalie Braden Holtby played admirably with 42 saves. Matt Murray, the 21-year-old Penguins goalie, finished with 31 saves and the loss.

Alex Ovechkin finished with one point while Sidney Crosby was held off the scoresheet.

The first half of Game 1 played out more like a chess match than the high-octane game many expected. The Capitals broke through first when Andre Burakovsky picked up a rebound and shot it past Murray for a 1-0 lead.

Both teams tested each other out until Penguins forward Nick Bonino broke open the floodgates. His nifty move to fake out two Capitals players led to Ben Lovejoy's game-tying goal 10 minutes into the second period. Less than a minute later, the Penguins took the lead off a nice backhand goal from Evgeni Malkin.

Oshie completed the flurry of goals soon after with a shot from a rush down the wing that restored the tie for Washington. Oshie scored again off a pass from Ovechkin early in the third period to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead.

Bonino resurfaced again to tie the game, firing a shot that deflected off a Capitals defender's skate and past goalie Braden Holtby. At this point Game 1 had evolved into a series of scoring chances, highlighted by a breakaway attempt by Ovechkin that Murry shut down with three minutes left in the third.

The game finished in overtime when Oshie appeared to score on a wraparound. The play was reviewed, but officials ruled the puck crossed the goal line and ended a thrilling Game 1.