Monday night at PPG Paints Arena, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins played in a historic game likely never to be duplicated. The two rivals combined for 15 goals. Only one of tallies was scored by one of the team’s two future Hall of Famers (Sidney Crosby in the third period).
After jumping out to what seemed like an insurmountable 3-0 lead, the Capitals gave up five straight second-period goals to the Penguins.
“There were about four or five turning points,” Matt Niskanen said to the Capitals’ Mike Vogel. “The four-on-four in the second period, they get two goals in two minutes. That’s where things started to get a little crazy. Obviously they got a ton of momentum then. We couldn’t really stop them for a while.”
The Capitals would then mount comebacks two different times before eventually forcing overtime with the two teams tied 7-7.
After a controversial no call in the extra session, Conor Sheary scored the game-winning goal, ending a game that seemingly could have gone on forever.
The 15 goals were the most tallied scored in a Caps-Pens game since 1993, when the Penguins beat the Caps 7-5 on March 18, 1993.
If we’re all going to be completely honest, nobody is quite sure what the heck happened this entire game. All we know is that this was a game for the ages and we were all secretly hoping for a final score in the double digits.
The win streak finally came to an end for the Washington Capitals after the Pittsburgh Penguins came back from a 3-0 deficit and won. It was an extremely exhausting game.
Let’s set the scene. The puck is dropped and there seems to be a strong presence from the Capitals. First, an early goal from Burakovsky to get things cookin’. Shortly after, Backstrom scores with the help of an Ovechkin double screen. The period ends and we’re hoping this goes as well as the previous two games did.
Ahhhh hope, such a fleeting and fickle feeling. The second period begins and this one was nothing short of an absolute DOOZY. Nine goals were scored in total, starting with a Justin Williams beauty. After that, the Penguins score five in a row. Yes, they scored FIVE in a row. The Capitals answer with two, but Pittsburgh gets the last goal of the period with a controversial power play goal from our good buddy (not really) Evgeni Malkin.
There was one more period left in the game and at this point we all feel like we’ve aged approximately an extra fifteen years. Were there more goals? OF COURSE THERE WERE MORE GOALS. Lars Eller saved the day with a game-tying goal late in the third. Unfortunately, overtime happened and the Penguins immediately buried it. I’m exhausted just typing this.
Last week, Alex Ovechkin tallied 1,000 points. Our most-read post of that day was not the one detailing Ovi’s milestone. Instead it was our article entitled Why the Penguins didn’t salute Alex Ovechkin for his 1,000th point.
The post pointed out that the Penguins ignored the milestone, choosing not to stick-tap or acknowledge the hockey legend in any way. The next day, ESPN’s Around The Horn picked up our post and discussed it on national TV.
Many of you have reached out to us see the full segment. ESPN was kind enough to send us the full video.
If the Washington Capitals win tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they will have ten wins in a row. This will also mean that the Metro division will have 3 teams with double-digit win streaks in the last two months (Flyers and Jackets are the other two). What the heck. Tune in to watch the Capitals try to extend the streak, Holtby return to the net, and so much more.
Puck drop is at 7:00 PM. It will be a very fun game so, of course, you can find it on NBCSN.
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Verizon Center went positively bananas when Alex Ovechkin recorded his 1,000th career point, but there were 20 individuals who did not join in the fun: the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Why, you might ask, did the Penguins not applaud, cheer, or even stick-tap their mortal foe in the moment of his triumph? The answer… … …may surprise you.
The Washington Capitals dropped the Pittsburgh Penguins in a home-ice battle that had everything you love: Braden Holtby heroics, explosive Ovechkin goals, knee-on-knee hits, unpunished butt-ends to the face, runaway penalty jags, nearly blown Caps leads, and Sidney Crosby’s face.
Alex Ovechkin gave Pittsburgh a 35-second headstart and then scored with a delightfully retro drive. Ovi continued his tour through goals of yore with an Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot in the second period. In the third Justin Williams worked his old butt off to give Washington a three-goal lead, which was good because the Pens pushed back hard.
Evgeni Malkin busted Holtby’s shutout with a goal on a dubious power play, but Nick Backstrom nullified it with a lovely layup assisted by TJ Oshie, who committed the slash that served up Patric Hornqvist’s power-play goal. Lars Eller got an empty-netter to summon bailamos.
Caps beat Penguins 5-2!
Happy Wednesday Night Rivalry! The Pittsburgh Penguins are in town to face the scorching hot Washington Capitals and you should be watching for a few reasons. One, the Capitals will be trying to extend their win streak to 7 in a row. Two, Alex Ovechkin will be trying to get his 1,000th point and, if we’re lucky, he will. Three, TJ Oshie is back in the lineup after suffering from an upper-body injury. On top of all those enticing reasons, the most important one is because it’s a rivalry game. It’s gonna be fun.
Puck drop is at 8 PM on NBCSN. Late night game on NBCSN is gross.
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The Washington Capitals are currently on a four-game win streak and have a record of 17-7-3. You might expect them to be jumping out to a mondo Metropolitan Division lead just like they did last year. But as NHL.com reported Monday morning, the Metro division cumulatively went 17-1-0 last week, and the Caps gained no ground despite their win streak. They sit in fifth place in the division despite their solid record, although they have games in hand on everyone other than the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Philadelphia Flyers are on a nine-game win streak. The Penguins are 7-3-0 in their last ten and feature the league’s current leading goal-scorer in Sidney Crosby (20 goals in 22 games). The New York Rangers have a plus-35 goal differential, and the Blue Jackets are somehow plus-31. This is not last year’s Metro division.
With 9:34 left in the third period, Alex Ovechkin scored on a breakaway to give the Capitals an emphatic 6-0 lead. After the Caps goal horn sounded, the song The Wicker Man by Iron Maiden was supposed to play.
Instead, the Caps game entertainment crew ran an audible and thew on the Penguins’ goal song.
Tonight, the Caps came out roaring against the Penguins. The Caps played one of their best games this season: smart, fast, aggressive hockey. They scored left and right, up and down, and in every way imaginable.
Instead of sputtering, the offense was ferocious. The first period showcased some serious offensive firepower, as the Caps scored while shorthanded, at even strength, and on the power play. Two of the three goals scored in the first were courtesy of T.J. Oshie.
In the second, resident golden god Marcus Johansson casually passed the puck to Dmitry Orlov. One Scoarlov later, the Caps were leading 4-0.
By the third period, it was beyond obvious that the Penguins were putty in the Caps’ hands. I like to think that the mysterious killer instinct Barry Trotz has been pushing for finally reared its head. Justin Williams tallied his second of the season, Alex Ovechkin got on the scoresheet, and Nicklas Backstrom capped off the evening with his second goal of the night. The Caps were utterly dominant.
Caps destroy Penguins 7-1. ¡BAILAMOS!
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