Just like game one, the Capitals came out strong, but the game was scoreless after the first period. In the second period, while Jake Guentzel was serving a penalty for hooking Matt Cullen scored a shorthanded goal to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. However, 53 seconds later on that same power play Matt Niskanen scored to tie the game at 1. Then Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal to give the Pens a 2-1 lead. 3:10 later in the second period Guentzel would increase the lead to 3-1 after the end of the second period. Then in the third period, Capitals goaltender Branden Holtby was replaced by Philip Grubauer. Kessel would score his second goal to increase the Penguins lead to 4-1. 1:25 seconds later Nicklas Backstrom would cut the Capitals deficit to 4-2.
Evgeni Malkin would score after the Penguins challenged that the goal should have counted, and it increased the lead to 5-2. Guentzel scored his second goal into an empty goal giving the Penguins a 6-2 win and 2 games to none lead in the series. Game 3 is Monday night at PPG Paints Arena with the faceoff time of 7:30 P.M.