Capitals Fall To Penguins, 4-3 In Shootout; Alex Ovechkin Scores First Goal Of The Season

The Washington Capitals fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 (SO) Sunday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The loss drops the Capitals record to 2-0-1 on the season. The same two teams go at it again Tuesday night in Pittsburgh with puck drop set for 7:07 PM.


Ilya Samsonov got the start in goal for the Capitals. Casey DeSmith started between the pipes for the Penguins. The starting lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

The Penguins opened the scoring just 19 seconds into the contest with a goal from Evan Rodrigues (1).

The Capitals would tie the game with a gritty goal from the 4th line. Nic Dowd (1) would ultimately push the puck over the line to tie the game 1-1 at 12:04 of the opening frame.

The Capitals would take a 2-1 lead with a tally from Alex Ovechkin, his first of the season, at 14:24 of the first period. Evgeny Kuznetsov (1) and Tom Wilson (2) had the helpers.

The first period would conclude with the Capitals leading 2-1. The Capitals led in shot attempts 17-8 and 12-8 in shots on goal (SOG). The Capitals and Penguins were both 0 for 1 on the power play in the opening frame.

The Penguins would tie the game with a goal from Colton Sceviour (1) at 2:10 of the middle frame. The play was reviewed to verify that the puck had actually crossed the goal line, which was confirmed.

The Capitals regained the lead with a power play goal from Nicklas Backstrom (2) at 10:09 of the second period. Evgeny Kuznetsov (2) and Alex Ovechkin (3) had the assists.

The Penguins would quickly tie the game with a goal from Marcus Pettersson at 12:57 of the second period.

The second period would end with the game tied 3-3. Penguins led in shot attempts 12-4 and 11-3 in SOG. The Capitals were 1 for 3 and the Penguins 0 for 4 on the power play after two periods.

The Capitals and Penguins skated to a scoreless draw for the final frame. Alex Ovechkin would come close on a power play, letting one rip from the office, but the shot would hit two posts and stay out.

Regulation would expire with the game remaining tied 3-3.

The overtime period would also go scoreless, sending the game to a shootout.

Pens: Letang: No good
Caps: Oshie: No good
Pens: Crosby: No good
Caps: Backstrom: No good
Pens: Malkin: No good
Caps: Kuznetsov: No good
Pens: Guentzel: Good
Caps: Ovechkin: No good

Penguins win in shootout.


  • Capitals take 5 of 6 possible points in first three games of road trip.
  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 24 of 27 shots faced for a .889 game save percentage.
  • Capitals were 1 for 4 and the Penguins 0 for 5 on the power play.
  • Penguins led faceoff battle 53-47% for the game.
  • Capitals led in hits 46-33.
  • Shot attempts for the game were tied 32-32.
  • Penguins led in shots on goal 28-22.


  • Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season and gives the Caps a 2-1 lead. With his 707th career goal, he’s now two goals shy of passing Mike Gartner (708) for the seventh most goals in NHL history.
  • Nic Dowd ties the game 1-1 with his first goal of the season. Entering 2020-21, Dowdโ€™s 60.8 goals for percentage (48 goals for, 31 against) at even strength over the last two seasons was tied for the 10th-highest percentage among NHL forwards with at least 100 games.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up the primary assist on Ovechkin’s goal. Kuznetsov is one of 15 forwards in the NHL that has recorded at least 40 assists in four of the previous five seasons, and he ranked 14th in assists during that span (237).
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up the primary assist on Backstrom’s goal, his second of the game and 48th multi-assist game of his career.

Head Coach Lavioletteย 

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom

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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6 Responses to Capitals Fall To Penguins, 4-3 In Shootout; Alex Ovechkin Scores First Goal Of The Season

  1. Joe says:

    The penguins just got a gift from the NHL. That game should’ve ended at regulation with the Caps up 3-2, that puck never crossed the goal line. But as usual, the NHL loves to schtup the Caps.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:
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