Caps Look to Keep Pressure on the Pens in Game 2

What a first game of the series! T.J. Oshie arrived and showed the D.C. area fans why trading for him was a great choice this past offseason by scoring a hat-trick and overtime winner 4-3. Caps fans were celebrating and had many reasons to be overjoyed with the start of this series.

But in reality, this is nothing new. The Caps are now 8-1 overall in game ones against the Penguins. The Pens have also lost seven straight road game ones since 2001. The play of the Caps was also not their best, especially in periods two and three.

Moving On

The Penguins mindset after game one is simple: move on. The Pens played a fairly decent game even though they lost. Trailing 1-0 in the second, Caps defender Dmitry Orlov clipped fellow defender Nate Schmidt to where Ben Lovejoy took advantage and tied the game. A few minutes later, Evgeni Malkin gave the Pens their first lead 2-1. Nick Bonino tied the game up 3-3 in the third to force overtime.

  • Rookie goaltender Matt Murray saved 31 shots (.886 save percentage) but allowed four in his first NHL playoff loss. You have got to think this is in his head after playing so well in that first round series.
  • Sidney Crosby was held off the scoring sheet and was on the ice for three of the four  Caps goals, giving him a -3 on the night.
  • Evgeny Malkin had one goal on the night and was even.

Consistent Gameplay

The Caps started off a little slow but ramped it up quickly in the first, outshooting the Pens 15-9 and leading 1-0. For the second and third however, the Caps were outshot 30-12 and somehow got two more goals to keep things even. In the extra frame, it was all Washington as the Caps got the extra push they needed and Oshie delivered with the game-winning wrap around. They need more consistent play throughout the entire game.

  • T.J. Oshie registered a hat trick Thursday night and has six goals against the Penguins this season. This was also the first time Oshie had scored and his team won in a playoff game (0-5 previously).
  • Defenseman Orlov was the main reason for the tying goal in the second. After more miscues on his end, Trotz benched him in favor of defense by committee. I for one hope Orlov learned from this and vows to be better from here on out.
  • Alex Ovechkin had an assist and seven hits in a physical game by the Caps.
  • Braden Holtby allowed three goals with 42 saves (.933 save percentage). This was also the Caps first win in 14 games when Holtby has allowed two or more goals in a playoff start.
  • Defenseman Tom Wilson was fined $2,400 for his knee-on-knee hit to Conor Sheary with no penalty being called.

Power Outage: Both teams failed to score on the Power Play after using it so well in their last series. The Cap were 0-4 while the Pens were 0-2.

Your game two goaltenders will be Braden Holtby for the Caps, Matt Murray for the Pens. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. on NBC. ROCK THE RED and GO CAPS!

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