Penguins Outlast Capitals 8-7, in a Wild One In Pittsburgh

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 8-7 Monday night at PPG Paints Arena. The loss dropped the Capitals record to 29-10-5, ending the Capitals winning streak at nine consecutive games. The Capitals next travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues Thursday night. Puck-drop is 8:00 PM. 

capitals-at-penguinsBraden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Matt Murray got the start for the Penguins.

John Carlson missed the game due to a lower body injury.

Chandler Stephenson was a healthy scratch.

This was the 4th and final regular season meeting between the two teams. The Caps led the series 2-1 coming into the game.


  • The Capitals came out flying in the first period, and notched the first goal of the game. The Penguins picked up their offensive push midway through the first period, but could not find the back of the net. The Caps would withstand the Penguins pressure in the second half of the period, and add another goal late in the period.
  • The Capitals jumped to a 3-0 lead early in the second period, before the Penguins roared back.
  • The Penguins scored 6 goals in the middle frame to take a 6-5 lead into the second intermission.
  • Braden Holtby was pulled after giving up the first five goals of the game.
  • The Caps were down 5-3 and rallied to tie it 5-5 late in the second period before Evgeni Malkin scored his third of the game to give the Penguins a 6-5 lead at the second intermission.
  • The Capitals fell down 2 goals two times, and both times battled back to tie the game.
  • The Capitals were playing the second game of a back-to-back set while the Penguins hadn’t played since Saturday.

The Capitals dominated the first 13 minutes of play, and struck first on a goal by Andre Burakovsky at the 7:06 mark.

The Penguins would gather some steam and had several scoring chances in the middle of the period, but Braden Holtby was too strong for the Penguins. Nicklas Backstrom gave the Caps a 2-goal lead with a roof-shot at 17:09 of the opening frame.

The first period would end with the Capitals leading 2-0. Shots on goal were even at 11-11. The Capitals outhit the Penguins 20-13.

The Capitals would add another goal early in the middle frame on a beautiful wrister by Justin Williams at the 1:17 mark.

The Penguins would get on the board with a 4-on-4 goal by Evgeni Malkin at 6:28 of the second period.


The Penguins would close the gap to 3-2 on a goal by Conor Sheary at 7:12 of the second period.


The Penguins would tie the game on a goal by Nick Bonino at 8:55 of the middle frame.


The Penguins would take the lead on a deflected goal by Bryan Rust at the 13:47 mark of the second period.


The Penguins would add a 5th goal as Evgeni Malkin would notch his second goal of the period at 14:37 of the middle frame. Braden Holtby would be pulled and replaced by Philipp Grubauer.


The Caps would finally retaliate, as Brett Connolly potted a goal at 15:07 of the middle frame, closing the gap to 5-4.

The Caps would tie it on a goal by Lars Eller at 16:54, making it 5-5.

Evgeny Malkin would score his third of the period to regain the lead for the Penguins at 17:19 of the second period, making it 6-5.


That would be ALL of the scoring in the second period. The Penguins led 6-5 after two periods of play. The Capitals gave up 6 goals in the period, twice the number of goals they had given up in the previous six games combined. The Penguins led in shots on goal 27-20 through two periods of play.

Sidney Crosby would score his first goal of the game to make it 7-5 at the 5:55 mark of the final frame.


TJ Oshie would close the gap to 6-5 with a power play goal on knock-in of a rebound at 9:29 of the final frame.

The Capitals would tie it 7-7 on a goal by Lars Eller at 14:48.

The period would end with the game tied 7-7. Shots on goal were 8-8 for the final frame. The Penguins led 35-28 through three periods of play.


The Penguins would win it in overtime.


By Jon Sorensen


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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