Photos by Mel Abernethy
It was like something out of a dream. It was almost effortless. The Capitals beat the Penguins 7-1. After last night’s loss, this almost seemed unreal.
The first period exceeded any Capitals fan’s wildest expectations. The boys were skating fast, taking shots, and doing absolutely everything to stay on top of the Pens. The energy was through the roof and the Caps were playing a phenomenal game. Brett Connolly was the first to get a penalty, going to the box for cross-checking. That mattered not to Jay Beagle and TJ Oshie, who quickly managed a breakaway and led to Oshie scoring a gorgeous short-handed goal.
The defense was strong, and of course they wouldn’t allow a goal. The Penguins must’ve been getting frustrated though, because a goal that they thought they’d scored was rescinded when officials noticed that Evgeni Malkin had kicked the puck in. The Caps didn’t hold back at all, and Nicklas Backstrom was the next to score, which led to a little scuffle that sent both Marcus Johansson and Phil Kessel to the box for roughing.
Minutes later, chaos ensued when Malkin picked a fight with Karl Alzner that would eventually lead to the Penguin hitting Matt Murray in the face with his stick. Murray was sent off, Marc-Andre Fluery was put in, Malkin went to the box with four minutes for roughing, and Alzner got two minutes for roughing as well. With seconds left in the period, Oshie scored again and gave us a 3-0 lead.
The second period was only slightly calmer. The Caps held onto their high energy and continued to play a fast-paced game, as well as continuing to get penalties. Justin Williams was the first to go to the box, with two minutes for hooking. That didn’t slow the boys down, though, since their penalty kill has been phenomenal lately. Dmitry Orlov quickly decided he wanted to get in on the scoring, with a goal about five minutes in. Other than Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who got a penalty for high sticking, it was the Pens that were constantly in the sin bin, having a total of ten penalty minutes in the second period alone. Overall, the game continued to favor the Caps in the second twenty minutes.
The third period simply served to seal the Penguins’ fate, which began with Sestito serving a ten minute game misconduct. Not soon into the period, Letang joined him in the box with a delay of game call. Oh, but that’s not all. Only minutes later, Dumoulin got a delay of game call for himself.
It was simply effortless for Williams to score a goal. Roughly five minutes passed and Ovechkin joined the scoring list as well. Kessel seemed to think he could manage to save his team, scoring a goal that would be the only one for the Pens. Backstrom answered it, though, scoring his second of the game and solidifying the 7-1 score.