The Washington Capitals have won their third straight Metropolitan Division. They now have 11 Division titles, after beating their greatest rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the Steel City. The Caps had a solid performance as they get closer and closer to the Playoffs, the Caps are looking ready to take the next step.
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T.J. Oshie opened the scoreboard in the first period. After him, Dmitry Orlov shot between Olli Maata’s legs, which made it hard for Matt Murray to see it coming and Caps went 2-0 in the second period. Just as the Caps ended a PP opportunity in the third period, Matt Niskanen passed the puck to Tom Wilson, who had a unusual deflection to make it 3-0 Caps. Patric Hornqvist rebound on a shot for a Penguins goal and a 3-1 to end hopes of a Caps goalie Philipp Grubauer’s shutout game.
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A negative point for this game was the penalties. The team committed too many penalties, facing a Pens PP which has quality players. In one instance, the Capitals managed to survive a 5-on-3, with Brett Connolly and Niskanen locked in the cage. The Caps defense looked much more solid, recomposing faster after going to the offensive zone than they did earlier in the season. They survived the many PKs, including the aforesaid 5-on-3. All those mistakes had to make Grubi work harder than necessary.
Even with that, Grubi was the star of the game Sunday night. In an inspired night, he made 36 saves to give the Caps a huge win and the Division title over their rival on their home ice.
We hope you guys had a Happy Easter!!! We sure did with that win.
The Caps face their last road game during this reagular season tonight, against the Blues, in St. Louis.