Caps Rally Late, Fall in OT, Lose Series 4-2

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The Washington Capitals season came to an end on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, as the Caps fell to the Penguins 4-3 in overtime of game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Penguins end up taking the series 4-2. 

CaptureThe starting lines for the Capitals:

Offensive lines:

Defensive pairs:

Brooks Orpik returned to the line-up following his three game suspension for his hit on Penguins Ollie Maatta in Game 2. Stan Galiev, Michael Latta and Mike Weber were the healthy scratches for game 6. The goalie match-up for game 6, provided by @washcaps:


Play was fairly even for the first period, however the Penguins were able to notch the only tally of the opening frame. Brooks Orpik would be called for a high-sticking double-minor in the second period that resulted in two Penguins power play goals, stretching the Pens lead to 3-0. T.J. Oshie would add a power play goal late in the middle period to cut the Penguins lead to 3-1, heading into the second intermission. Justin Williams would add another Caps goal eight minutes into the final frame, closing the gap to 3-2 Penguins. John Carlson would add a power play goal late to send the game into overtime. Nick Bonino would win it in overtime for the Penguins, and close out the series.

The Penguins would be the first to light the lamp at 5:41 of the opening frame on a wrister by Phil Kessel.

Karl Alzner was slashed by Sidney Crosby midway through the first period and would leave the game and did not return for the period.

Alzner would return for the start of the second period, but with a noticeable gimp from the injury, and would ultimately taken out of the game. The period would end with the Pens leading 1-0. The Pens led in shots on goal 11-10. No penalties were called in the first period.

The Capitals would be whistled for the game’s first penalty, a double-minor on Brooks Orpik for high-sticking at 6:25 of the middle frame.Phil Kessel would notch his second goal of the game at 7:05 of the second period.


The Penguins would go up 3-0 on a power-play goal just 33 seconds later by Carl Hagelin.

T.J. Oshie would get the Caps on the board with a power play goal at 18:30 of the second period.

The period would end with the Penguins leading 3-1 after two periods of play. The Pens led in shots on goal 23-18 through two periods of play.

The Capitals would close the gap to 3-2 on a goal by Justin Williams at 7:23 of the third period.

The Penguins were called for a series of delay of game penalties late in the third period giving the Caps an extended period of 5-on-3 play. The Caps would tie the game on a power play blast by John Carlson at 13:01 of the final frame.

The third period would end tied 3-3. The Caps led in shots on goal 36-35.


Nick Bonino would notch the series winner 6:32 into overtime for the Penguins. (19)-ovi



About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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