But there’s also this, so let’s talk about this. (Warning: Bad language below.)
Photo: Sophie Hsu
Right after the final goal horn went off on Thursday night, I chatted with Andy and Steve, two fervent Caps fans who also happen to be members of the band Young Rising Songs. We talked about the win, hockey, and rock and roll. It was fun chat and now you get to hear it.
Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since 2009, first time in the RMNB era. (Is that a thing? Can we say that?) We knew this series would be entertaining, but I don’t know if I was truly prepared for Game One being the seventy-minute, end-to-end, goal-filled, goat tornado that it was.
Scoring was opened with Swedish aplomb by prom king Andre Burakovsky, popping in a loose puck with a one-timer in the first period.
In the second, the Penguins struck back with two goals in 60 seconds: Ben Lovejoy’s goal after Orlov and Schmidt wrecked one another and Evgeni Malkin’s nifty top-shelf shot. Olli Maata’s blue-line giveaway freed TJ Oshie for a breakaway goal, tying the game at 2 after 40 minutes.
Oshie did it again in the third period, giving the Caps the lead with a backhander to Murray’s five hole, but Nick Bonino got a fortunate bounce off Schmidt’s stick to tie it again. That score got us to the end of #rego and into overtime.
TJ OSHIE WON IT WITH A WRAPAROUND! HAT TRICK PLAYOFF OVERTIME GAME WINNING GOAL!
Caps beat Pens 4-3 in overtime!
Six years later, the NHL’s two biggest stars will once again face off.
According to reports, their teams might also play.
Nate Schmidt on Ovechkin/Crosby: "We thought they would play a one-on-one game for the first period and see how that would go."
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) April 28, 2016
Sid vs Ovi is a headline, not a story. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a talented offensive team riding a white-hot season finish under a new coach. The Washington Capitals are the league’s most successful team, armed with balanced attack and a top-tier backstop.
The Caps-Pens series of 2009 was one of the most exciting I’ve ever seen. In that battle of Sid vs Ovi, the winner was probably Malkin. Shrug. Maybe this series will be determined by star power, but that’s generally not the way this team sport works.
Now that I’ve spent this intro de-hyping tonight’s game, let’s actually get into it. Puck drop on NBCSN at 8 PM. It’s on.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||56-18-8||52.0%||101.1||21.9% (5th)||85.2% (2nd)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||48-26-8||53.0%||100.6||18.4% (16th)||84.4 % (5th)|
The first round of the playoffs did not go as expected. The leading contenders from the west, the Kings, the Ducks, and the Hawks, all got ousted. As a result, all our predictions look even stupider than they normally would. Yey. Fun. Let’s do it again.
The Capitals have defeated the Flyers (finally), so now is the time to secure your tickets to the Caps vs the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. For the first time 2009, we’ll see Alex Ovechkin vs Sidney Crosby in the playoffs. I’m so nervous I could vomit.
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Brayden Schenn gets punched during 2014 preseason (Photo: Geoff Burke)
The NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended Philadelphia Flyers pest Brayden Schenn three games for his head shot on TJ Oshie in Game Six of the Capitals-Flyers series.
(1/2) Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn suspended 3 games for charging Washington's T.J. Oshie. Video: https://t.co/b9bVwMOESN
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 26, 2016
Since the Flyers season is, ya know, over, Schenn will serve his suspension at the start of the 2016-17 regular season.
The NHL has announced the schedule the second round of the playoffs, which may or may not be considered the Eastern Conference Semifinal depending on whom you ask.
We’ve got 8 PM starts across the board, days off between the first four games, and then a couple two-day breaks if games 5 and 6 are needed, which they will be, because Capitals.
Dates and times for Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins are below.
The world lost a legend this week. In addition to being a virtuoso musician, prolific songwriter, advocate for artist rights, and a generally funky dude, Prince was also a favorite son of Minnesota. Before the Wild were eliminated by the Stars 5-4 on Sunday afternoon, Xcel Energy honored the late great genius.
Photo: Kyle Mace
Well, don’t we all feel like silly gooses. Turns out the Capitals are capable of closing out a series in under seven games after all. With a nailbiting win over the Flyers in Philadelphia, the Caps advance to the next round.
We were scoreless until the midway mark, when Nick Backstrom scored a rush goal on Michal Neuvirth. That was it. That’s all it took.
Caps beat Flyers 1-0! Caps win the series 4-2! Braden Holtby records the shutout!