The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins played a chaotic slobberknocker of hockey for an hour on Sunday night.
Bryan Rust and Trevor Daley put the Pens ahead in the first period. Jason Chimera and Andre Burakovsky tied the game in the second, but Tom Kuhnhackl gave Pittsburgh the lead after forty, which Matt Cullen and Chris Kunitz extended in the third. Holtby got pulled, and then Justin Schultz welcomed Philipp Grubauer to the game.
Wow. That was brutal. Pens beat Caps 6-2.
Artist’s rendering of killer prehistoric penguin of the day
So, yes: The Penguins are good. Even without Malkin, they’re good. (Hot take: Without Malkin they lean even more on Crosby, who might eventually burn out, but for now it’s paying dividends– so maybe they’re better because Malkin is out? Sorry; I’ll log off shortly.) The Capitals are too eager to coast on shooting percentages and a stout goaltender and special teams. Those things are notoriously unreliable. The Capitals must do better or else we won’t see hockey in May,
I’m gonna be cryptic in this conclusion, so please forgive me.
This whole thing– the sport, the community, the website– it’s like a party. It’s a great damn party. It’s so good we want to invite everyone to the party. This ain’t the Little Rascals; we really do mean everyone is invited. The only thing that gets you kicked out of the party is being a jerk to the other partygoers.
But when we first came to the party, there were a whole bunch of bouncers and barricades and velvet ropes. Some of them were subtle and visible only to the people who weren’t already at the party. It is our duty as party hosts to get more people into the party and rip those barricades down. We’re gonna sneak as many people into this party as we can until the man shuts us down.
So, uh, this game sucked, but party on.
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