Penguins v. Capitals: Pens Get Revenge in OT

Pittsburgh Penguins (9-6-1 19pts) v. Washington Capitals (9-5-3 21pts)

Game Recap:

In a game that features both the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins in their Reverse Retro jerseys, the Capitals look to get their second win of the eight game regular season series against the Penguins. In the first period the Caps would get a quick powerplay when Mike Matheson would be called for goalie interference, but the Pens would be up for the task and would kill the penalty and then get a powerplay of their own when Alex Ovechkin would be called for goalie interference. However, unlike the Caps, the Pens would capitalize on their powerplay as Evgeni Malkin would do a tip in on a Kris Letang point blast to give the Penguins the 1-0 lead. The Capitals would get another powerplay opportunity, but once again were foiled by the Pens. After the first 20 minutes, the Pens would double up the Caps on shots 12 to 6 as they take the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Come the second period the Caps would look to get themselves back into this one, and early on Richard Panik would get a nice feed from Zdeno Chara to break into the offensive zone and get the puck past Tristan Jarry to tie the game. Then it would be the former Penguin Conor Sheary striking against his former team to give the Caps their first lead of the game, but it would be short lived as Jake Guentzel would score 22 seconds later as to tie the game at two. The Pens would get a late powerplay when Justin Schultz would be called for kneeing, but the Caps would hold firm and kill the penalty to take the 2-2 tie into the second intermission.

After a very quiet third period, and we mean quiet as there weren’t any penalties either, the Penguins would only need a little less than two minutes into overtime as Kasperi Kapanen would score on the 2 on 1 break to give the Penguins the 3-2 victory over the Capitals.

Lineups:

Pittsburgh Penguins:

Jake Guentzel — Sidney Crosby — Kasperi Kapanen
Jason Zucker — Evgeni Malkin — Bryan Rust
Zach Aston-Reese — Teddy Blueger — Brandon Tanev
Colton Sceviour — Mark Jankowski — Sam Lafferty
Pierre-Olivier Joseph — Kris Letang
Mike Matheson — John Marino
Marcus Pettersson — Cody Ceci
Tristan Jarry
Casey DeSmith
Scratched: Yannick Weber, Chad Ruhwedel, Drew O’Connor
Injured: Jared McCann (lower body), Brian Dumoulin (lower body), Evan Rodrigues (lower body), Juuso Riikola (upper body)

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Lars Eller — Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Conor Sheary
Richard Panik — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie
Carl Hagelin — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway
Brenden Dillon — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Justin Schultz
Zdeno Chara — Nick Jensen
Vitek Vanecek
Craig Anderson
Scratched: Daniel Sprong, Jonas Siegenthaler, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Ilya Samsonov
Injured: Brian Pinho (undisclosed)

First Period:

PIT Penalty – 1:17 – Mike Matheson 2 minutes for Goalie Interference

WAS Penalty – 5:24 – Alex Ovechkin 2 minutes for Goalie Interference

PIT PPG – 6:41 – Evgeni Malkin (4) from Kris Letang (8) and Jake Guentzel (9)

PIT Penalty – 9:55 – Jake Guentzel 2 minutes for Slashing

End of FirstPIT – 1WAS – 0
Shots126
Faceoff Wins129
Hits510
Powerplay1/10/2

Second Period:

WAS Goal – 4:38 – Richard Panik (2) from Zdeno Chara (4) and John Carlson (10)

WAS Goal – 13:18 – Conor Sheary (5) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (4)

PIT Goal – 13:40 – Jake Guentzel (6) from John Marino (3) and Kasperi Kapanen (6)

WAS Penalty – 16:21 – Justin Schultz 2 minutes for Kneeing

End of SecondPIT – 2WAS – 2
Shots3015
Faceoff Wins2621
Hits524
Powerplay1/20/2

Third Period:

N/A

End of ThirdPIT – 2WAS – 2
Shots3622
Faceoff Wins3428
Hits1529
Powerplay1/20/2

Overtime:

PIT Goal – 1:43 – Kasperi Kapanen (3) from Teddy Blueger (8) and Tristan Jarry (2)

End of OTPIT – 3WAS – 2
Shots3722
Faceoff Wins3528
Hits1531
Powerplay1/20/2

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