Penguins v. Capitals – Caps Lackluster in Defeat

Pittsburgh Penguins (33-15-3 69pts) v. Washington Capitals (32-13-5 69pts)

Game Recap:

Back in Washington it would be the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for the second time in three days, and for the final time this regular season. In the first period it would be a bad bounce and break for Garnet Hathaway as he would have the puck go past him and lose an edge that would lead to Bryan Rust getting a breakaway and scoring on the Pens first shot of the game to take the 1-0 lead.

In the second period Rust would strike early again to give the Pens the two goal lead, and then later in the period Jeff Carter would win the faceoff in the offensive zone and then have Kris Letang’s shot hit off of him to give the Penguins the 3-0 lead. For the second period in a row both teams would play disciplined hockey as no penalties would be called against either team. The Caps would come alive with some quality scoring chances late in the period, but Tristan Jarry would make spectacular save after spectacular save to keep the game at 3-0.

Then in the third period It would be a penalty filled affair as the Pens would keep the Caps off the scoreboard as they would go on to win 3-0 and take sole possession of first place in the East Division.

Lineups:

Pittsburgh Penguins:

Jake Guentzel — Sidney Crosby — Bryan Rust
Jared McCann — Jeff Carter — Kasperi Kapanen
Zach Aston-Reese — Teddy Blueger — Jason Zucker
Colton Sceviour — Frederick Gaudreau — Sam Lafferty

Brian Dumoulin — Kris Letang
Mike Matheson — Cody Ceci
Marcus Pettersson — John Marino

Tristan Jarry
Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Mark Friedman, Radim Zohorna, Mark Jankowski
Injured: Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Brandon Tanev (upper body), Evan Rodrigues (lower body)

Washington Capitals:

Daniel Sprong — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson
Anthony Mantha — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie
Conor Sheary — Lars Eller — Michael Raffl
Carl Hagelin — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Dmitry Orlov — Justin Schultz
Brenden Dillon — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Zdeno Chara — Nick Jensen

Ilya Samsonov
Vitek Vanecek

Scratched: None
Injured: Alex Ovechkin (lower body), John Carlson (lower body)

First Period:

PIT Goal – 2:56 – Bryan Rust (21) from unassisted

End of FirstPIT – 1WAS – 0
Shots78
Faceoff Wins95
Hits916
Powerplay0/00/0

Second Period:

PIT Goal – :26 – Bryan Rust (22) from unassisted

PIT Goal – 10:43 – Jeff Carter (12) from Kris Letang (34)

End of SecondPIT – 3WAS – 0
Shots1518
Faceoff Wins1915
Hits1426
Powerplay0/00/0

Third Period:

WAS Penalty- 6:07 – Trevor van Riemsdyk 2 minutes for Delay of Game

PIT Penalty – 10:20 – Jason Zucker 2 minutes for Hooking

PIT Penalty – 10:20 – Teddy Blueger 5 minute major for Fighting

WAS Penalty – 10:20 – Brenden Dillon 5 minute major for Fighting

WAS Penalty – 17:07 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Cross Checking

End of ThirdPIT – 3WAS – 0
Shots2623
Faceoff Wins3023
Hits1831
Powerplay0/20/1

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