Watch: Carlson PPG sends game to OT after Penguins shoot 3 pucks over glass

With a 3-2 lead in the third period, the Pittsburgh Penguins made their path the Eastern Conference Final a whole lot tougher by committing three consecutive delay-of-game penalties for shooting the puck over the glass in a span of only 2:02.

It was defenseman John Carlson who finally tied the game with a point shot during the Washington Capitals' second five-on-three of the period after Ian Cole gifted his opponent another two-man advantage just after Chris Kunitz left the box.

Assists were given to captain Alex Ovechkin and forward Justin Williams, who continues to build his reputation as one of the most clutch players in the league.

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Watch: Penguins capitalize on Orpik penalty with 2 goals in 33 seconds

Brooks Orpik had prime seats for a pair of Pittsburgh Penguins power-play goals during the second period of Game 6.

Serving a double-minor after high-sticking Patric Hornqvist, the Washington Capitals defenseman watched as the home team went up 3-0 with a pair of goals scored 33 seconds apart.

First, Phil Kessel scored his second of the game after out-waiting and outwitting Braden Holtby.

Shortly thereafter, Carl Hagelin deftly tipped the puck past Holtby.

And in the blink of an eye, the Capitals' Presidents' Trophy campaign came closer to an early end.

(Videos courtesy: NHL.com)

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Canucks’ Vey discusses playing through family murder conspiracy

While it isn't easy for any young player to establish themselves in the NHL, it's impossible to imagine how Vancouver Canucks forward Linden Vey has made it through his first few professional seasons while dealing with an unimaginable murder conspiracy involving his family.

In 2013 - the year Vey broke into the NHL - Linden's father, Curtis Vey, and co-accused Angela Nicholson were charged with conspiracy to murder their spouses, including Linden's mother Brigitte, in their hometown of Wakaw, Sask.

"It changes your life," Vey told The Province's Jason Botchford. "Your life is a certain way for so many years and all of a sudden, you wake up one day and it's totally different."

Vey admits it's difficult to play with that kind of situation weighing on his mind, but he doesn't want to use it as an excuse for any disappointing play in the past couple years.

"I'm not going to sit here and say it's part of the reason I've had two of the worst seasons of my career," the 24-year-old said.

After recording 24 points in 75 games in the 2014-15 campaign, Vey failed to make the team to start this season and was not called up until December.

"I didn't have a very good training camp," Vey admitted. "I thought it got better when I got called up. I think I started playing a little bit better."

Curtis Vey and Nicholson will begin trial May 24, and the Canucks forward plans to be with his family in Saskatchewan during the offseason to support his mother.

"Our family is going to do its best to find its way through it."

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Watch: Penguins’ Kessel snipes 1st of series vs. Capitals

Phil Kessel is on the board against the Washington Capitals.

The star winger sniped his first goal of the second round to give his Pittsburgh Penguins an early lead in Game 6.

Not Braden Holtby's finest moment, but, oh, what a release.

The goal was Kessel's fourth of the playoffs.

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Watch: Blue Jackets’ Milano scores sensational backhand goal in AHL playoffs

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a serious player in Sonny Milano.

Playing for the Lake Erie Monsters in the AHL playoffs, the 19-year-old did his best Evgeni Malkin impression with a spinning backhand goal Tuesday against Grand Rapids.

Milano was drafted 16th overall in 2014.

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Penguins’ Maatta returns to lineup for Game 6

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will return to the lineup for Game 6 against the Washington Capitals after missing three games with an upper-body injury, the team announced Tuesday.

The 24-year-old was injured during the first period of Game 2 after being hit by Capitals blue-liner Brooks Orpik, who was suspended three games as a result.

Maatta is expected to play on the team's second defensive pairing alongside Trevor Daley. Justin Schultz will be a healthy scratch.

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Mike Hoffman’s game set to advance under Guy Boucher

Mike Hoffman might not be going anywhere but up.

The 26-year-old restricted free agent, who produced in spite of head coach Dave Cameron this past season, was thought to be a trade candidate for the Ottawa Senators this offseason.

Until the hiring of new bench boss Guy Boucher, that is.

Boucher and Hoffman are quite familiar with one another after the coach guided Hoffman's junior team - the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs - from 2007-09. Time has passed and both have evolved, but Boucher still believes he can bring out a more complete game from Hoffman all these years later.

"I think Mike has shown great things in the NHL. He was in the All-Star Game. Let's focus on his strengths, the fact he's a game-breaker. He can shoot, score and change the game," Boucher told Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Citizen on Monday.

"Does he have things he can improve? Of course, but I'm so excited to be coaching him again. I know him. I know what to do with this guy and I know how to surround him ... I just know in the past we've had a great relationship. Yeah, I pushed him, but I pushed him with respect because I cared like I did with all the other players and it turned out to be something good."

Hoffman, 26, recorded 29 goals and 30 assists in 78 games this season, despite averaging only 17:33 per game.

There's still the issue of his new contract to work out, with talks reportedly set to intensify with a new coach in place. The hiring of Boucher, however, seems to bode well for the dynamic winger.

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History not on Capitals’ side in series comeback attempt vs. Penguins

The Washington Capitals remain in a hole few in their position have climbed out of.

Thanks to a Game 5 win that pushed their second-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins to at least six games, Washington still has the chance to become the third Presidents' Trophy-winning club to come all the way back from a 3-1 series deficit.

The only two clubs to pull off the feat were the New York Rangers last season (vs. Washington) and the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks (vs. Detroit).

Nine other first-place teams have failed to erase the 3-1 series deficit.

Game 6 is set for 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

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Blind man shares emotional moment with son while touching Stanley Cup

Gerry Nelson is a huge Saskatoon Blades fan. He's also blind, so he relies on his 12-year-old son, Wyatt, to be his play-by-play man during games.

The NHL recently found out about Nelson's story and gave him the surprise of a lifetime as part of its "Day with the Cup" initiative. The result was a touching and emotional moment between father and son.

- With h/t to the Hockey News

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