Capitals Rally To Down Penguins, 4-3 (OT) In Special Teams-Palooza

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The Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3 (OT) on Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena. The victory improves the Capitals record to 25-12-9 (59 points) on the season.

The Capitals opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal from Nic Dowd early in the first, but the Penguins answered in the same power play for an early 1-1 tie.

The Penguins would take their first lead of the game with a second power play goal midway through the first period, but the Capitals would answer with a power play goal from Dmitry Orlov for a 2-2 tie at the end of 20 minutes of play.

The Penguins would take a 3-2 lead on their third power play goal of the game early in the second period, but the Capitals would once again answer with the game’s first even-strength goal late in the frame from Daniel Sprong for a 3-3 tie at the second intermission.

The third period would go scoreless. Dmitry Orlov would win it in overtime.



Vitek Vanecek (10-6-0-5, 2.35 GAA, .916 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the  visiting Capitals. Tristan Jarry (23-8-0-5, 2.17 GAA, .925 sv%) got the start in goal for the Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratched: Aliaksei Protas, Dennis Cholowski

COVID-19 Protocol: Michal Kempny

Injured: T.J. Oshie (lower-body, 8th game), Anthony Mantha (shoulder, 35th game)


The Capitals opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal from Nic Dowd (6) at 5:50 of the first frame.

But the Penguins would answer in the remaining power play time. Evgeni Malkin (5) tied the game 1-1 with a power play goal at 6:26.

Ilya Samsonov replaced Vitek Vanecek at the 5-minute mark after being involved in a collision with another player prior to the Penguins goal.

The Penguins would add their second power play goal midway through the frame after Daniel Sprong was called for his second penalty of the period. Bryan Rust (13) would dent the twine at 11:26 of the first period.

The Capitals would answer with their own power play goal on their first man advantage of the game. Dmitry Orlov (6) netted the game-tying tally at 16:13 in the period.

The Period would end with the game tied 2-2. The Penguins led in shots attempts 19-5, scoring chances 11-3 and expected goals for 1.25 to .18.


The Penguins regained the lead with a goal from Bryan Rust at 4:44 of the middle frame.

The Capitals appeared to answer right back, but the Capitals were called for goalie interference after the Penguins appealed the goal, keeping the game 3-2.

The Capitals would tie the game in the waning movements of the middle frame with a goal by Daniel Sprong (8) at 19:18 of the second period.

The period would end with the game tied 3-3. The Penguins led in shot attempts 21-11, but the Capitals led in scoring chances 6-5 and high-danger shot attempts 4-1.


The Capitals and Penguins skated to a scoreless draw in the final frame.


Dmitry Orlov won it in the waning seconds of the extra frame.

The Capitals are right back at it Wednesday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.


  • Nic Dowd gave the Caps a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal, his first shorthanded of the season and sixth goal of the year. That marks Washington’s sixth shorthanded goal this season.
  • Dmitry Orlov scored to tie the game 2-2 with his sixth goal of the season and second on the power play. The Capitals power play has converted on three straight power play opportunities.
  • Conor Sheary picked up the primary assist on Orlov’s goal, giving him 20 points (10g, 10a). He’s additionally eight points shy of 200 career points (96g, 96a).
  • Daniel Sprong scores to tie the game 3-3 with his eighth goal of the season. With 42 seconds remaining in regulation, that marks the 12th time this season the Capitals have scored a goal in the final minute of a period.
  • John Carlson picked up the primary assist on Sprong’s goal, and with that point, Carlson has tied Dale Hunter for sixth on the franchise points list (both at 556 points).
  • Dmitry Orlov gave the Capitals a 4-3 overtime win with his second goal of the game. That marks Orlov’s first overtime goal of the season and his fourth game-winning goal, which is the third-most game-winning goals by a defenseman in the NHL this season.
  • It marks Orlov’s fourth career multi-goal game and his first since Nov. 13, 2018 at Minnesota.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded the primary assist on Orlov’s overtime goal, marking his team-leading 11th game-winning assist this season.
Photo: @Capitals


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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5 Responses to Capitals Rally To Down Penguins, 4-3 (OT) In Special Teams-Palooza

  1. Anonymous says:

    Orly drives around Sid like a traffic cone. 😂

  2. R. Robertson says:


    I have a signed Ovechkin jersey where he wrote the date of his first game. I believe he only signed about 248. It was purchased from the NHL auction site. Any idea of the value? I did see one similar that was listed around 4,000 on ebay. I also have a signed puck and rookie card along with a signed poster.


    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Greetings R, hope all is well.

      Let me do some digging and see if I can find a concrete estimate for you. But first impressions, $4,000 is probably in the ballpark. The rookie card could be a wide range, depending on type and condition of the card. Is it a Topps?

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