Penguins Rally To Beat Capitals, 5-3; Jakub Vrana Scores Two Goals; Alex Ovechkin Records 1,200th NHL Point

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The Pittsburgh Penguins rallied with four unanswered goals to beat the Washington Capitals 5-3, Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. The loss drops the Capitals record to 41-22-7 (89 points) on the season, and ends a seven-game winning streak. The Capitals continue their four-game road trip with a stop in Philadelphia for a tilt with the Flyers on Thursday night. Puck drop is 7:00 PM.

Jakub Vrana would wire one for the games first goal, to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. Jakub Vrana would add his second goal of the game for a 2-0 Capitals lead early in the second period, but the Penguins would then respond with three goals in 1:48. Jake Guentzel and two goals from Sidney Crosby would give the Penguins a 3-2 lead at the second intermission. The Penguins added a power play goal in the final frame and the Capitals answered with their own power play goal to make it 4-3. The Penguins would add an empty net goal for the 5-3 win.

Braden Holtby (26-16-4, 2.88 GAA, .910 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the defending champs. Matt Murray (23-11-3, 2.77 GAA, .917 sv%) got the start in goal for the Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:



Scratches: Christian Djoos, Dmitrij Jaskin and Chandler Stephenson

The Capitals would notch the game’s first tally with a dagger from Jakub Vrana at 19:27 of the first frame. Nicklas Backstrom (48) and T.J. Oshie (22) were credited with the helpers. After moderate to heavy sparring, but a scoreless first frame, Vrana wired one from the right circle for the 1-0 lead at the first intermission.

That would be the only score of the opening frame. The Capitals led in shot attempts 20-10 with shots on goal tied 9-9 after 20 minutes.

The Capitals would stretch their lead to 2-0 with Jakub Vrana’s second score of the game at 10:24 of the middle frame. Dmitry Orlov (21) and T.J. Oshie (23) were credited with the assists.

But the Penguins would respond. Jake Guentzel would cut the Capitals lead to one at 12:37 of the middle frame, making it 2-1.

47 second later Sidney Crosby would tie the game.

Then the Penguins would grab their first lead of the game with Crosby’s second of the game at 14:25 of the second period.

The second period would conclude with the Penguins leading 3-2. The Penguins were 1 for 3 and the Capitals 0 for 1 on the power play after 40 minutes.

The Penguins would add a power play goal from Phil Kessel midway through the final frame for a 4-2 lead. The Capitals would answer with a power play goal from John Carlson to make it 4-3. On the play, Alex Ovechkin recorded point number 1,200 in his NHL career.

The Penguins would add an empty net goal for the 5-3 win.


  • The Capitals outshot the Penguins 63-37.
  • Capitals were 1 for 3 and the Penguins 2 for 4 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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7 Responses to Penguins Rally To Beat Capitals, 5-3; Jakub Vrana Scores Two Goals; Alex Ovechkin Records 1,200th NHL Point

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Once again, Ovi gets a milestone wasted in a loss. That has sadly been a pattern this year.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Horrible game because caps gave it away again. It was similar to game 1 last playoff, Caps dominate the 1st in their defensive lockdown& get rewarded with a late Vrana goal. Start the 2nd and continue defensive lockdown&Vrana gets a 2nd goal on a shooters bounce. Then shortly after in perfect Kuzy fashion he relaxes like the game is in hand or some crap, turns it over in the dzone for a quick goal, crowd comes alive, momentum totally changes and 3 goals in 2minutes.

    Also its disgusting how blindly fixed these games are as far a refs. Every game lately caps are facing 4-5 pks and they have the great defense, the great structure. The crappy defense is the pens and they got called for 1 penalty& then 1 late call which didnt matter bc it was already 4-2 by then. Fixjob

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