Phil's a Thrill in Pens' OT win

Phil 'The Thrill' Kessel lived up to his nickname in Game 6.

The Pittsburgh forward came out flying early and opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first period.


And what's the best encore to a goal? How about another one, this one coming halfway through the second period to put the Pens up by two.


Penguins fans were appropriately excited about the early lead, but back in Canada the moans and groans of Leafs fans could be heard across the Twittersphere.


As every Leaf fan and most NHL fans will remember, Toronto media were none too friendly to Kessel during his seven years with the team, calling him everything from fat to a locker room cancer. Shortly after his trade to Pittsburgh became official, Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun wrote a particularly controversial column that referenced Kessel's affinity for hot dogs.

"The hot dog vendor who parks daily at Front and John Sts. just lost his most reliable customer," Simmons wrote.

The kicker is the anecdote might not even be true, as Pension Plan Puppets went on to disprove the theory with a little detective work.

Nonetheless, Kessel has become somewhat synonymous with hot dogs, and Tuesday night was no exception.


Down by three halfway through the second, the Capitals fought their way back to tie the game late in the third with a little help from a Penguins team that took three straight delay of game penalties for shooting the puck over the glass.


Still tied at the end of regulation, the Pens and Caps headed to their twelfth overtime when playing each other in the playoffs, including Game 4 of this series.


But don't call it a comeback — Pittsburgh clearly wasn't ready to let this one slip away and laid on the pressure in overtime to the point where players other than Capitals' goaltender Brayden Holtby were having to make saves.


It took only 6:32 for the Pens to find the back of the net in overtime. The game-winning goal was credited to Nick Bonino, but guess who snuck in for an assist.


And now Kessel can officially say he's done something that Capitals' superstar Alexander Ovechkin never has: make it to the third round of the playoffs.

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