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Published: Tuesday, 5/12/2009

Steckel goal gives Capitals overtime victory

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PITTSBURGH - David Steckel scored on a deflection of Brooks Laich's shot and the Washington Capitals finally won an overtime playoff game, beating nemesis Pittsburgh 5-4 last night to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Capitals, losers of their seven previous overtime games, couldn't hold a 4-3 lead late in regulation when Sidney Crosby scored, but made up for it when Steckel went to the net immediately after winning a faceoff. Laich wristed the puck on net from the right circle and Steckel put it past Marc-Andre Fleury 6:22 into the overtime.

The game before, Steckel couldn't score into an open net early in overtime and the Penguins won 3-2.

Game 7 will be tomorrow night in Washington.

It was the third overtime game of the series, the most in any round of these NHL playoffs. Pittsburgh won the first two, both on deflections off Capitals defensemen.

Pittsburgh had won eight of its previous nine in OT.

ELYRIA, Ohio - Jaysen Hansen, an assistant pro at Inverness, won the Northern Ohio PGA event yesterday at Elyria Country Club with a 7-under 65. It was his second consecutive win on the circuit and worth $1,200.

Involved in a three-way tie for eighth place were Milton Carswell, a Stone Oak assistant, and John Connelly, an unaffiliated pro from Toledo. They each shot even par and won $500.



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