Washington traveled to Pennsylvania to face off against the Penguins in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. In a back and forth affair it was Washington’s Captain ultimately besting Pittsburgh 4 to 3 in regulation.
Here’s Tuesday night's Plus/Minus:
Plus: Washington overcame two Pittsburgh leads which gave them a chance to win the contest late.
Minus: The pending litigation from the DoPS on Tom Wilson’s second period hit against Zach Aston-Reese. Wilson could not have planted his feet firmer, nor tucked his elbow tighter to his sweater on the play.
Eight more notes on the game.
- The Capitals were forced to kill two first period Pittsburgh power plays, one cut short by a Penguins’ minor, to keep the contest knotted at zero.
- Early in the second Washington cashed in on Evgeni Malkin’s late first period minor with John Carlson netting his second postseason goal (and first behind Matt Murray). Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom picked up assists on the tally.
- Pittsburgh responded swiftly with a goal of their own courtesy of Jake Guentzel’s deflection. Justin Schultz fired a shot on the from the blue line and Guentzel tipped the puck under Braden Holtby to tie the contest.
- And two minutes later, with Brooks Orpik in the penalty box, Patric Hornqvist tucked home a mischievous Malkin pass to put the Penguins ahead 2 to 1.
- A minute past midway Chandler Stephenson picked up a T.J. Oshie pass in the slot and slammed the puck home to tie the game at two.
- While playing four aside Guentzel and Sidney Crosby connected below the dots to put Pittsburgh ahead once again. The Penguins’ 3 to 2 lead would hold into the second intermission.
- Five minutes into the final frame Matt Niskanen blasted home the game’s tying goal with a slap shot from the right point. Dmitry Orlov and Wilson picked up assists on the play.
- With one minute remaining Backstrom and Ovechkin connected on a two on one, with the Captain depositing his eighth of the postseason to end the contest at sixty minutes.