Game Recap – 2/23/2020 – Pittsburgh Penguins v. Washington Capitals

Pittsburgh Penguins (37-17-6 0pts) v. Washington Capitals (37-18-6 0pts)

 

Game Recap:

In Washington the Capitals would play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins as they would look to get themselves back on track as the month of February has not been a good one for the Capitals. In the first period it would be a heavy one for the Capitals as they would lay the body on the Penguins out hitting them 22 to 11, and Jakub Vrana would get the puck past Matt Murray thanks to a falling Marcus Pettersson to give the Capitals the 1-0 lead.

 

In the second period it would be mostly a quiet period as both teams would fail to capitalize on their powerplay opportunities, but late in the period the Penguins would get goals from Patric Hornqvist and Sidney Crosby with a span of 26 seconds to take the 2-1 lead over the Capitals.

 

Then in the third period the Capitals would respond with goals from Tom Wilson and Carl Hagelin to take the 3-2 lead, but Evgni Malkin would respond with his 21st of the season to tie the game at three. However, the Capitals would not quit as TJ Oshie would score the game winner, and Hagelin would net his second of the game with the empty netter to secure the 5-3 victory for the Capitals as they retake the lead in the Metropolitan Division.

 

 

Lineups:

Pittsburgh Penguins:

Jason Zucker — Sidney Crosby — Dominik Simon

Anthony Angello — Evgeni Malkin — Bryan Rust

Jared McCann — Andrew Agozzino — Patric Hornqvist

Brandon Tanev — Teddy Blueger — Sam Lafferty

Jack Johnson — Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson — Justin Schultz

Juuso Riikola — Chad Ruhwedel

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Zach Trotman

Injured: Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Brian Dumoulin (ankle surgery), Jake Guentzel (shoulder surgery), John Marino (facial surgery), Zach Aston-Reese (lower body), Dominik Kahun (undisclosed)

 

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin — Lars Eller — Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Brenden Dillon — John Carlson

Michal Kempny — Radko Gudas

Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen

Braden Holtby

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Travis Boyd, Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: None

 

First Period:

WAS Goal – 6:15 – Jakub Vrana (24) from unassisted

WAS Penalty – 15:27 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Cross Checking

WAS Penalty – 19:38 – John Carlson 2 minutes for Hooking

WAS Penalty – 20:00 – Brenden Dillon double minor for Roughing

PIT Penalty – 20:00 – Evgeni Malkin double minor for Roughiing

 

End of 1st

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Second Period:

PIT Penalty – 3:56 – Marcus Pettersson 2 minutes for Slashing

PIT Penalty – 9:16 – Anthony Angello 2 minutes for Interference

WAS Penalty – 9:16 – Garnet Hathaway 2 minutes for Holding

PIT Goal – 14:47 – Patric Hornqvist (15) from Kris Letang (27) and Evgeni Malkin (41)

PIT Goal – 15:13 – Sidney Crosby (13) from Jason Zucker (17) and Marcus Pettersson (18)

WAS Penalty – 16:28 – Alex Ovechkin 2 minutes for Slashing

 

End of 2nd

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Third Period:

PIT Penalty – :57 – Kris Letang 2 minutes for Slashing

WAS Penalty – :57 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Slaashing

WAS Goal – 1:16 – Tom Wilson (20) from Nicklas Backstrom (38)

WAS Goal – 4:41 – Carl Hagelin (6) from Lars Eller (22) and John Carlson (57)

PIT Goal – 8:50 – Evgeni Malkin (21) from Bryan Rust (26)

WAS Goal – 10:40 – TJ Oshie (25) from Jakub Vrana (27)

WAS ENG – 19:13 – Carl Hagelin (7) from Nicklas Backstrom (39) and TJ Oshie (21)

 

End of 3rd

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Next Up:

Washington (38-18-6 82pts) v. Winnipeg (32-26-5 69pts)

Pittsburgh (37-18-6 80pts) @ Los Angeles (22-34-6 50pts)

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