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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Penguins Win in 7-Hour Marathon

WASHINGTON -- Petr Nedved scored on a power play with 45 seconds left in the fourth overtime to end the third-longest game in National Hockey League history and lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, evening their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at two games apiece.


The only two games that went longer were in 1933 and 1936. Both those games went to six overtimes.


Several thousand fans were still in attendance nearly seven hours after Wednesday's game began. It ended when Nedved scored his sixth goal of the series with the Capitals' Jim Johnson in the penalty box for hooking.


Nedved was in the left circle and negotiated around a fallen Mark Tinordi before wristing the puck through a heavy screen into the upper left corner of the net past Olaf Kolzig.


Washington's Joe Juneau was denied by Ken Wregget on the first overtime penalty shot in National Hockey League playoff history. The game also featured a game misconduct given to Penguins star Mario Lemieux and a total of 115 saves.


Nedved scored a power-play goal, his fifth marker of the series, with 12 minutes left in regulation to tie the game at 2-2 for Pittsburgh.


Game Five is Friday at Pittsburgh. A home team has yet to win in the series.


In the night's only other match, Jody Hull scored two goals and John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 40 shots as the Florida Panthers pushed the Boston Bruins to the brink of elimination with a 4-2 win in Game Three of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.


Scott Mellanby and Mike Hough also scored for Florida, which can complete a four-game sweep of the Bruins with a victory in Game Four on Thursday.


"We've played hard and the Bruins have battled hard too," Panthers coach Doug MacLean said. "I don't think the scores have been indicative of the way the games have been played."


Vanbiesbrouck, who had stopped 79 of 84 shots in the first two games, allowed only Shawn McEachern's goal late in the second period before Rick Tocchet tallied late in the final period. Florida has been outshot 126-84 in the first three games but has outscored Boston 16-7.


"I'm as disappointed as you can possibly be, realizing that our season is in trouble," Boston defenseman Don Sweeney said. "You can use whatever cliche you want, 'It's not over yet, they've got to win four games,' whatever.


"But we still have a job to do tomorrow night. We just have to find a way to start the game, play with a little more discipline."


There were more than 2,500 empty seats at the first playoff game at the FleetCenter.