Capitals Beat Penguins 3-2 (OT), Pens Now Lead Series 2-1


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The Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 (OT) Monday night at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins now lead the series 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Semifinal, with Game 4 set for Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. The Capitals win assures a game 5 at Verizon Center on Saturday. 
Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Marc-Andre Fleury got the start for the Penguins.

Karl Alzner skated in pre-game warm-ups for the first time since April 15th and returned to the lineup. The Capitals went with 7 defensemen for Game 3.

Paul Carey, Brett Connolly, Taylor Chorney, and Chandler Stephenson, who was called up from Hershey on Monday, were the healthy scratches.

QUICK NOTES:

  • The Capitals grabbed their first lead of the series with a goal by Nicklas Backstrom in the first period.
  • Nicklas Backstrom is also one goal shy of tying Dale Hunter (25) for third place on the Capitals’ postseason goals list.
  • Nicklas Backstrom has passed Dale Hunter for most postseason assists in franchise history.
  • Capitals would relinquish a 2-0 lead with less than 2 minutes to play in the game, and proceed to give up two goals to send the game into overtime.

FIRST PERIOD:
The first period began with a feisty tone, with plenty of hitting by both teams. Matt Niskanen received a game misconduct for this questionable hit on Sidney Crosby. Crosby would be helped from the ice and leave the game.

Daniel Winnik made a phenomenal save to keep the game scoreless midway through the opening frame.

Nicklas Backstrom would score the Caps first goal on a 5-on-3 power play at 13:05 of the first period.

The call from John Walton:

The first period would end with the Capitals leading 1-0. The Capitals led in shots on goal 9-8 for the opening frame.

SECOND PERIOD:
The physical play continued into the second period, but the period would ultimately go scoreless. Evgeny Kuznetsov looked to the have the Capitals second goal, but the Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury made a fantastic save.

The Penguins outshot the Capitals 15-10 for the middle frame, and 23-19 through the first two periods.

THIRD PERIOD:
Evgeny Kuznetsov would stretch the Capitals lead to 2-0 at the 9:46 mark of the final frame. The goal was setup by a nice feed from Marcus Johansson. Kuznetsov showed great patience on the finish.

Walton’s call:

The Penguins would pull the goalie with 3 minutes left in the game, and score on the 6-on-5 man advantage. Evgeni Malkin would notch the tally at 18:07 of the final frame.

The Penguins would add another goal while on 6-on-5 to tie the game at 18:55 of the final frame.

The period would end with the game tied 2-2. The Capitals outshot the Penguins 11-6 for the final frame, and 31-29 through three periods of play.

OVERTIME:

Kevin Shattenkirk would win it in overtime for the Capitals.

John Walton with the call of the game-winner:

Sounds from the game from the NHL:

 

By Jon Sorensen

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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