Facing a five game losing streak in the face the Capitals corrected course with a convincing 3 to 1 win over the Penguins.
Here’s Tuesday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Secondary scoring provided everything that was needed on offense.
Minus: Garnet Hathaway turned a shorthanded breakaway into a two man disadvantage early in the first period.
Nine more notes on the game:
- During the aforementioned 5 on 3 advantage Pittsburgh hit two posts behind Vitek Vanecek, one each from Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby.
- The teams combined for 28 shots in a scoreless but exciting opening frame, with Washington registering 15 of them. It was the first time in 11 periods of play that the Capitals held their opponent without a goal.
- Conor Sheary broke the tie five minutes into the second. A nice pass from Richard Panik gave Sheary just enough time to roof the puck over Tristan Jarry’s left shoulder and light the lamp.
- Washington would go scoreless on four second period power play opportunities (7:44) despite putting 7 shots on goal.
- But Jakub Vrana would beat Jarry at even strength to extend the lead to two. A sublime backhand pass from T.J. Oshie put the puck on a platter for Vrana and he ripped it home.
- 69 seconds into the third Lars Eller potted his second goal of the season to put the game away. A second sensational Panik pass gave Eller plenty of net to hit with a quick shot from the slot.
- With five minutes to play Pittsburgh got on the scoreboard thanks to Zach Aston-Reese. A hard skating John Marino was pushed into Vanecek, who had no chance on the play.
- The Capitals outshot Pittsburgh by 15, putting 42 pucks at Jarry’s net by game’s end.
- Washington’s goals were all scored by left handed shooters, which doesn’t happen on a team with this much right handed offensive talent very often.