Capitals Beat Penguins 2-1; T.J. Oshie Scores Game-Winner

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The Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. T.J. Oshie scored the game-winner with 1:14 left in the game. The win raised the Capitals record to 7-4-3. The Capitals return to action Friday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Puck drop is 7:00 pm. 

The Penguins would start the scoring with a power play goal from Sidney Crosby to make it 1-0 at the first intermission. Alex Ovechkin would tie the game with his own power play goal midway through the middle frame for a 1-1 tie at the second intermission. T.J. OShie scored the game-winner with 1:14 left in the game.

Braden Holtby (4-3-2, 3.62 GAA, .888 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Capitals. Casey DeSmith (2-0-2, 2.25 GAA, .932 sv%) started in goal for the Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:



Brooks Orpik missed his fourth-straight game due to a lower body injury. Nic Dowd was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

After a scoreless first half of the opening frame, the Penguins would notch the game’s first score with a power play goal from Sidney Crosby at 12:16 of the first period.

That would be all of the scoring in the opening frame. The Penguins out attempted the Caps in shots two to one (19-9) and led 9-7 in shots on goal. The Pens were 1 for 1 and the Caps 0 for 2 on the power play in the first 20 minutes. The Pens won the battle at the dot 63-37%.

T.J. Oshie left the game early in the first period after he was hit with a high stick under the protective shield. He would not return in the first period, but did return to start the second period.

The Capitals would tie the game with a power play goal from Alex Ovechkin at 7:09 of the middle frame. The goal was unassisted.

And that would be all of the scoring in the second period. Pittsburgh outshot Washington 17-10 in the middle frame, and led 26-17 after 40 minutes. The Capitals were 1 for 5 and the Penguins 1 for 2 on the power play after two periods.

The Penguins Evgeny Malkin would be ejected from the game after he applied a hit to T.J. Oshie. Oshie would leave the game and go through concussion protocol, before returning later in the period.

The Capitals and Penguins battled for most of the third period without a score, until T.J. Oshie potted the game winner late in the final frame for the 2-1 win.



  • Penguins outshot the Capitals 42-22.
  • Braden Holtby stopped 41 of 42 shots for a .976 save percentage.
  • Alex Ovechkin ties the game at 1-1 with a power play goal. That’s his 235th career power play goal, passing Marcel Dionne (234) for sole possession of 8th place on the NHL’s all-time power play goal list.
  • Capitals were 1 for 6 and the Pens 1 for 3 on the power play.
  • The NHL box score is here.


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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 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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13 Responses to Capitals Beat Penguins 2-1; T.J. Oshie Scores Game-Winner

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  3. J says:

    Pens got real dirty tonight. Malkin fn chicken wing to head of Oshie, then early no call high sticks. Malkin better be suspended for that shit.
    Holtby unreal, stood on his head. 41 of 42 faced. Oshie big part of the game, Heart&Soul. So glad he got the gwr after all the shit he battled through. Last but not least OV PP goal. Speaking of pp, if its was showing a little more urgency and being on point caps wouldve blown em out. The malkin gm misconduct on top of like 4 others, only connected on 1.

  4. Diane Doyle says:

    It was poetic justice that T.J. Oshie (who the Pens knocked out of the game not just once but twice) scored the game winning goal and in regulation. Great win for the Caps! Even if the Caps couldn’t seem to get their act together on their numerous power plays, with one important exception; i.e. their first goal. Passing wasn’t especially crisp today.

    As one of my FB friends said, this game was the type the Caps would have probably lost to Pitt in the past. Outshooting Pitt but not able to outscore them.

    Pens were certainly dirty. A rare game where I recall the Caps getting more PP’s than the Penguins did.

  5. DayOne Caps Fanatic says:

    PIT the dirtiest franchise in NHL. They won many Stanley Cups by playing Kill-the-Goalie

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