The Penguins opened the scoring with a power play goal fro Evgeni Malkin at 6:41 of the first frame. The Capitals have now given up the first goal the game in their last three games. The Penguins led 1-0 after 20 minutes.
Score by Evgeni Malkin
It’s a power play ICEBREAKER for #LetsGoPens.
Geno with the 🚨.
— NHLonNBCSports (@NHLonNBCSports) February 24, 2021
(Stats from NHL.com)
(Stats from Natural Stat Trick) – The Penguins led in 5-on-5 shot attempts 20-15 for the first period. They led in shots on goal 12-6 for the opening frame. Scoring chances were tied 8-8 for the first period.
(Stats from MoneyPuck.com) – Penguins led in expected goals for (xGF%) 65.46% to 34.54%.
SHOT METRICS FROM PREVIOUS FOUR PENGUINS GAMES
While their record says the team was fairly successful in January, taking home at least a point in each of the nine games, and says that February has been much the opposite, losing the first four games of the month, key statistics for the Washington Capitals over the month of February have shown solid improvement. This is also evident in the advanced shot metrics from the previous four Penguins games.
GOALTENDING STATS (AS OF 2/22/2021)
The following graph charts the save percentage (SV%) and goals against average (GAA) for all NHL goaltenders with a minimum of 300 minutes (5 games) played so far this season. [Click to enlarge]
By Jon Sorensen