Guentzel scores twice, Penguins even series with Capitals

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel (59) celebrates after scoring while Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) collects himself during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 3, 2018. Guentzel had two goals in the Penguins' 3-1 win. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jake Guentzel scored twice to push his playoff total to a league-leading 10, Matt Murray stopped 20 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 in Game 4 to even their tense Eastern Conference semifinal on Thursday night.

Evgeni Malkin added his fourth goal of the playoffs for Pittsburgh as the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions pushed back following a chaotic Game 3 that included an illegal hit by Washington forward Tom Wilson that led to a three-game suspension.

T.J. Oshie scored for the Capitals, but Washington struggled to find much operating room. Alex Ovechkin failed to register a shot on goal for just the third time in 107 career playoff games. Braden Holtby finished with 21 saves but couldn’t quite get a handle on Malkin’s belly-flop shot attempt late in the second period that put Pittsburgh in front to stay.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Washington.

PREDATORS 2, JETS 1

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Pekka Rinne made 32 saves, P.K. Subban and Ryan Hartman scored and Nashville stifled Winnipeg’s high-powered offense to even their second-round series through four games.

Patrik Laine scored off a faceoff in the final minute, but Nashville’s Nick Bonino won two key faceoffs after that to end it.

Game 5 will be Saturday in Nashville, with Game 6 set for Winnipeg on Monday. Game 7, if necessary, would be in Nashville next Thursday.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots, but Nashville snapped Winnipeg’s 13-game home winning streak, which dated to March 2.

Rinne allowed five goals amid a series of defensive miscues in a 7-4 Game 3 defeat. He rebounded impressively behind a team that was much sharper in its own end.