Capitals Rally to Dump Penguins, 5-3; Carl Hagelin Scores Two Goals, Jakub Vrana Scores 24th Goal of the Season; Tom Wilson Scores 20th Goal of the Season

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The Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 Sunday afternoon at Capital One Arena. The Capitals opened the scoring with a goal from Jakub Vrana for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. The Penguins would answer with two goals in the middle frame for a 2-1 lead at the second intermission. The Capitals tied the game early in the third period with a goal from Tom Wilson and regained the lead with a goal from Carl Hagelin, making 4-3. The Penguins would tie the game with a goal from Evgeny Malkin, but T.J. Oshie would quickly answer for the Capitals to retake the lead, 4-3. They would add an empty net goal from Carl Hagelin for 5-3 final.

GAME STATS

STARTERS
Braden Holtby (21-13-0-5, 3.14 GAA, .896 sv%) started between the pipes for the  Capitals. Matt Murray (17-8-0-5, 2.80 GAA, .903 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Travis Boyd.

FIRST PERIOD
The Capitals opened the scoring with a goal from Jakub Vrana at 6:12 of the first frame. The marker was unassisted.

The first period concluded with the Capitals leading 1-0. The Penguins led in shot attempts 13-10, with shots on goal tied 5-5. The Penguins were 0 for 2 on the power play. The Capitals did not have a power play in the first frame. The Capitals led in hits 22-11.

SECOND PERIOD
The Penguins would tie the game with a goal from Patric Hornqvist at 14:47 of the second period.

26 seconds later the Penguins would grab their first lead of the game with a goal from Sidney Crosby at 15:13 of the second period.

The period would expire with the Penguins leading 2-1. The Penguins led in shots on goal 9-5 for the middle frame, and 17-11 after two periods. The Penguins led in shot attempts 11-10 in the second period and 24-20 after two periods. The Capitals led in hits 31-25 after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD
The Capitals would tie the game with a 4-on-4 goal from Tom Wilson (20) at 1:16 of the final frame. Nicklas Backstrom (39) had the lone assist on the break away.

The Capitals would quickly take the lead with a goal from former Penguin Carl Hagelin (6) at 4:41 of the final frame. Lars Eller (22) and John Carlson (57) had the assists.

The Penguins would tie the game with a goal from Evgeny malkin at 8:50 of the final frame.

The Capitals would answer with a goal from T.J. Oshie at 10:40 of the final frame, to retake the lead. Oshie’s goal was unassisted.

The Capitals would add an empty net goal from Carl Hagelin for the 5-3 final.

SHAVINGS

  • John Carlson picked up an assist on Hagelin’s goal, marking his 475th career point (105g, 370a), setting the franchise record for the most points by a defenseman.
  • Tom Wilson tied the game 2-2. That’s his third straight game with a goal and he now has 20 on the season, his second straight season with 20 goals (2018-19: 22 goals).
  • Hagelin scored an empty net goal to extend the Capitals’ lead to 5-3. It’s Hagelin’s seventh goal of the season and second of the game, marking his 10th career multi-goal game.
  • Former Capitals forward Joel Ward dropped the ceremonial puck prior to the game.

SCENES FROM THE DISTRICT

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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1 Response to Capitals Rally to Dump Penguins, 5-3; Carl Hagelin Scores Two Goals, Jakub Vrana Scores 24th Goal of the Season; Tom Wilson Scores 20th Goal of the Season

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Caps have all the Ilyas (Samsonov and Kovalchuks). They have the Slavic Smiths too (Kuznetsovand Kovalchuk.)

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