The Capitals fell to the Penguins 3-1 on Monday night at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The Penguins win gives Pittsburgh a 2-1 series lead heading into game 4 on Wednesday night. Puck-drop is set for 8:00 PM.
Brooks Orpik served the first of his 3-game suspension. Stan Galiev, Michael Latta and Mike Weber were the healthy scratches for game 3. The goalie match-up for game 3, provided by @washcaps:
The Capitals got off to a good start, registering the game’s first 4 shots on goal in the first 4 minutes of play, but the Pens would strike first, and again just a minute later, with the second goal actually going in off of the back of a Penguins player to make it 2-0. The Penguins would add another goal in the second period on a defensive zone turnover by Nate Schmidt. Alex Ovechkin would net one in the middle of the third period to close the gap to 3-1. Justin Williams would score with just under a minute remaining to close the gap to 3-2. The Caps outshot the Pens 49-23 for the game. Photos for the game can be found here:
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The Penguins would waste no time in adding another goal, this time on a pass off the back of Tom Kuhnhackl at 7:37.
Marcus Johansson would leave the game late in the first period on a hit by Kris Letang at 15:41.
The first period would end with the Pens leading 2-0. The Caps led 14-8 in shots on goal.
The Capitals continued with good offensive pressure to start the second period, leading 22-12 in shots on goal at the midway mark of the second period. The Pens would stretch their lead to 3-0 on a tap-in by Carl Hagelin at 14:27 of the middle frame. The goal followed an defensive zone turnover by Nate Schmidt.
The second period would end with the Pens leading 3-0. The Caps led 28-14 in shots on goal through two periods of play.
The Capitals continued to play a good game in the third period, just not able to find the back of the net. Alex Ovechkin would finally get the Caps on the board on a top-shelf blast from the top of the left circle to make it 3-1 at the 8:02 mark of the final frame.
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The Capitals continued to buzz following Ovechkin’s goal. Justin Williams would notch the Caps second goal at 19:04 to close the gap to 3-2.
The Caps furious rally would fall short, as the Penguins held on for the 3-2 win.