Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, two names that constantly get compared by hockey fans and media everywhere. After Crosby and the Penguins captured well… you know, Ovechkin looked to the lead the Capitals to the Stanley Cup. This game in particular gave me the belief that this would be a different year. I knew the Caps would defeat the Penguins and get past those demons once and for all. A once house of horrors isn’t the case anymore.
Date: May 1, 2018
Result: 4-3 CAPS
After a scoreless first period, the Caps struck on the power play goal by John Carlson 48 seconds into the second. It was a greatly executed one-timer off the helper by Nicklas Backstrom. The Penguins would answer with two unanswered goals by Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist.
Midway through the middle stanza, Tom Wilson laid out a hit on Zach Aston-Reese that made angry college buddies of mine from Pittsburgh blow up my phone.
The Caps answered with a great no-look pass by T.J. Oshie to Chandler Stephenson to tie the game. The Pens would respond with a goal from their captain, Sidney Crosby to go up 3-2 heading into the final period.
In years past, the Caps were victims to the unlucky bounces but not this spring. They got another beautiful ugly goal, this one scored by former Penguin Matt Niskanen to tie the game. It was a great shot that Penguins goalie Matt Murray couldn’t corral.
You may remember, Niskanen was the enemy in Pittsburgh last year when Crosby’s head hit his stick. This year’s Game 3? It was Tom Wilson.
Then Alex Ovechkin silenced the Penguins fans once and for all with a clutch game-winning goal. The moment came with 1:07 remaining. As Backstrom came down toward the net, he flung a quick strike to Ovechkin. Ovechkin didn’t get the shot off the first time but followed the puck to beat Murray.
What will moment #5 be?! Tune in next week to find out!
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