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.
- 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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