Penguins eliminate Capitals in Game 7 to advance to Eastern Conference finals

The Penguins are heading to the Eastern Conference finals.

They defeated the Capitals 2-0 on Wednesday to win the deciding Game 7 of their second-round NHL playoff series. The defending Stanley Cup champions will play the Senators in the Eastern Conference finals beginning Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Penguins forward Bryan Rust opened to scoring off a slick feed from Jake Guentzel in the first period. Patric Hornqvist scored an insurance goal in the third.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves to earn the shutout, the ninth of his postseason career.

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All of this certainly doesn’t preclude a Duchene trade, but we’re not holding our breath.
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Open the floodgates! You can find a list of all the free agent signings here in SN’s live tracker.

Limited Kids Brandon LaFell Jersey Nick Bonino beat ’em and apparently is now joining them, too. The 29-year-old former Penguins center will sign with the Stanley Cup runner-up Predators on a four-year contract worth $4.1 million annually, TSN’s Darren Dreger first reported. Bonino is coming off a fractured tibia that kept him out of the final four games of the championship series. Could his addition affect Nashville’s rumored interest in trading for Matt Duchene?

As tends to be the case on days like this, there’s a false alarm on the Kevin Shattenkirk front courtesy of Kevin Weekes. The ESPN analyst tweeted Shattenkirk would sign with the Rangers for four years at $6.9 million per, then backpeddled 16 minutes later.

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