A classic back-and-forth affair between the Capitals and Penguins ended up finishing Pittsburgh’s way in a 4 to 3 shootout win.
Here’s Sunday afternoon’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Alex Ovechkin tallied the 707th goal of his career to put himself one behind Mike Gartner (and 7th place) on the all time goal scoring list.
Minus: The Capitals were whistled for five minor penalties and a couple of them were egregious.
Eleven more notes on the game:
- 19 seconds into the contest Evan Rodrigues scored with a deft deflection off of his right skate that put the puck through Ilya Samsonov’s legs.
- That’s the third goal the Capitals have allowed in the first minute of a frame in as many games this season (verbatim @VogsCaps). This is a poor trend that the new coach will need to address in short order.
- Washington would respond at the 12 minute mark. A Nic Dowd chip shot from the slot crested Casey DeSmith before rolling out over the goal line. A short video review followed that confirmed the original call of a goal on the ice.
- Three minutes after that Ovechkin would register his first of the new season. A strong forecheck from Tom Wilson nullified defenseman (and top prospect) John Marino, leaving Evgeny Kuznetsov the puck before Ovechkin finished the sequence on his backhand.
- Early in the second period Samsonov got caught outside of his crease by (guess who?) Sidney Crosby. Colton Sceviour quickly put the puck on net for a goal before a lengthy review and discussion of optics and angles on NBC.
- Kuznetsov then connected with Nick Backstrom during a 4 on 3 man advantage. After some sustained pressure in the offensive zone a sly pass from the wall by Kuznetsov let Backstrom direct the puck into the net unimpeded.
- But Marcus Pettersson would knot the game at three just two minutes later. A wicked shot from forty feet rang iron and touched the twine behind Samsonov’s glove side.
- Ovechkin had the best chance of the final frame but his power play shot hit both posts before harmlessly bouncing away. Both teams would head to overtime for the first time this year.
- Overtime couldn’t decide a winner so the contest went to a shootout where Jake Guentzel provided the winner.
- The Capitals were credited with only 22 shots on goal which includes 0 in overtime. Bunches of penalty kill time had a direct impact on their offense today.
- Daniel Sprong made his Washington debut and skated for eight minutes. He was on the ice for Pettersson’s goal and was tough to notice on most of his shifts.