CAPITAL ONE ARENA – On Wednesday night the entire hockey world fixated on Washington D.C. as Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby went head-to-head in the latest chapter of the Capitals vs. Penguins rivalry. This game was epic and the Caps delivered a birthday present I will never forget as T.J. Oshie scored a game-winning goal with 1:14 left to give the Capitals a 2-1 win over their rivals. Speaking of Ovechkin and Crosby, they each had goals of their own but it was Oshie pulling through after two hits that could’ve knocked him out of the game that provided the heroics. Continue reading “T.J. Oshie Overcomes Injury Adversity to Lead Caps to Big Win Over Penguins”
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 The Penguins must’ve been getting frustrated though, because a goal that they thought they’d scored was rescinded when officials noticed that Evgeni Malkin had kicked the puck in.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.
This is Capitals hockey.
This is what we want to see every game.
The night started with lightups and loud, and we mean, LOUD fans. And thankfully the house was pretty red–hardly a Pens jersey could be seen! Well done friends!!!!
The game started like we expected, physical and fast. Andre Burakovsky got things going with a little help from is friends Jason Chimera and John Carlson put the Caps on the board. The first period ended 1-0 Caps.
The second period started so slow we weren’t sure the were really playing. Fans thought there were lots of missed calls against Pens– probably right.
It was all good until the Pens (Ben Lovejoy) got one over on Holtby. Fans stayed loud and like the players, we weren’t giving up.
There was a lot of back and forth scoring; first Evgeni Malkin scored and then TJ Oshie got one past goaltender Matt Murry to even things out by the end of the second period. TJ came back in the third period, followed by Nick Bonino.
By the end of the third we were tied up again forcing the game into overtime.
The crowd could barely contain themselves.
OT started with a flurry of red nightsticks and horn blowing from Sam to get everyone one ready. Both teams clearly wanted the win, but it was Oshie who scored the game winning goal and the hats flew onto the ice!!!
The Pens challenged but nah- it was the Caps night.
We kind Of like this team a lot.
See ya Saturday for Game 2. Go CAPS.
Optional practice Friday at 12:15 at Kettler which means a handful of the tired players will be there. Pens will also be at Kettler for anyone interested…(be classy Caps fans)
Morning skate is scheduled for 10:15 Saturday followed by Game 2 at 8 pm.