Penguins Drop Capitals, 3-0, Take First Place In East Division

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The Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Washington Capitals, 3-0, Saturday night at Capital One Arena in Washington. The loss drops the Capitals record to 32-14-5 (69 points) and drops the Capitals to second place in the East Division, two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals have one game in hand.

The Penguins opened the scoring just 2:56 into the contest and held a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. The Penguins would quickly make it 2-0 with a goal just 26 seconds into the middle frame and add a third goal midway through the second period for a 3-0 lead at the second intermission. The third period would go scoreless.



Ilya Samsonov (13-3-0-1, .903 sv%, 2.67 GAA) got the start between the pipes for the Capitals. Tristan Jarry (22-9-0-3, .910 sv%, 2.75 GAA) got the start in goal for the visiting Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Alex Ovechkin (lower body injury), John Carlson (Lower body injury)


The Penguins would open the scoring early in the first period with a breakaway goal from Bryan Rust (21) at 2:56 of the first period.

The first period would end with the Penguins leading 1-0. The Penguins led in shot attempts 17-11. The Penguins led in scoring chances 10-5 in the first frame. Penguins led in expected goals 1.1 to 0.48.


The Penguins would quickly extend their lead to 2-0 just 26 second into the middle frame with a goal from Bryan Rust (22), his second tally of the contest.

The Penguins would make it 3-0 with a tally from Jeff Carter (12) at 10:43 of the second period.

The period would conclude with the Penguins leading 3-0. The Capitals led in shot attempts 21-9 for the second period and 32-26 after two periods. The Capitals led in scoring chances 9-5 in the second period. The Penguins led in expected goals 2.03 to 1.54 after two periods.


The Capitals and Penguins would skate to a scoreless draw in the final frame, as the Penguins held on for the 3-0 win.

The Capitals are back on the ice on Monday when they face the Rangers in New York. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.


  • Penguins led in shots on goal 26-23.
  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 23 of 26 shots faced for an .885 game save percentage.
  • The Penguins were 0 for 2 and the Capitals 0 for 1 on the power play.


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 Civil 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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5 Responses to Penguins Drop Capitals, 3-0, Take First Place In East Division

  1. Anonymous says:

    Welp. Penguins speed is just too much for us. Need to play them rougher, much more physical. Hopefully they are saving it for the postseason.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How many games have the Caps won in those blue uniforms? One? If this was a baseball team they’d be burning those jerseys, and sacrificing a chicken just to make sure.

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