Third Line Combines For Two Goals, Four Points In Capitals’ 3-1 Win Over Penguins

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The third line of forwards Conor Sheary (one goal), Lars Eller (one goal), and Richard Panik (two assists) combined for two goals and four points in the Washington Capitals3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night to help the team end a four-game regulation losing streak.

After Panik threw the puck back to Sheary at the dot from the right post, the 28-year-old went to the roof for his third of the season to open the scoring 4:52 into the second period. The Penguins did not sign Sheary, who signed with the Capitals as an unrestricted free agent, this past offseason.

1:09 into the third period, Eller one-timed a cross-crease feed from Panik at the doorstep to extend the Capitals’ lead to 3-0.

In 18:16 worth of ice-time on Tuesday, Eller won 64.3% of the faceoffs that he took and had a +2 rating, seven shots, one hit, and one blocked shot. In 12:56, Sheary was credited with one takeaway, two shots, and a +2 rating. Panik finished with one shot and one hit in 11:17.

In 34.9 minutes together this season, the trio has combined for a 73.7% expected goals-for percentage and a 57.9% shot attempts-for percentage.

This season, Eller has two goals, five points, and a -6 rating in 10 games; Sheary has three goals, four points, and an even rating in 11; and Panik has one goal, five points, and a -8 rating in 14.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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