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The Noon Number: Free Hockey

A look at how the Caps have struggled in the extra frame against the Pens

NHL: JAN 19 Capitals at Penguins Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

8 - Number of consecutive overtime/shootout losses for the Capitals against the Penguins in the regular season, dating back to 2012. Over the last nine years, the Caps and Pens have racked up just over 20 minutes of extra hockey (not including shootouts).

Some fast facts on the extra bonding time between these two rivals:

  • The Caps have had a lead in six of the eight games, for a combined 124:31, and led after the first period five times
  • Despite that, they’ve only scored the game’s first goal in three of those eight, and in four of the games they tied it up to force overtime (erasing multi-goal leads by the Pens in three of the four)
  • While there are lots of familiar names on both sides of the scoresheet since 2012, Conor Sheary has been the most active of the “Penguital” crew, picking up six points - four goals, two assists, including one game-winner - over that span
  • Five of the six overtime winners were scored in the first two minutes of OT, Crosby’s winner at the 4:00 mark back in 2016 the lone exception
  • Your game-winners, in chronological order from earliest to most recent: Malkin, Crosby, Kessel (shootout), Sheary, Letang, Guentzel (shootout), Crosby, Kapanen