That was brutal. The Washington Capitals played badly and poorly against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two. I mean poorly in the sense that they did not perform well. I mean badly in the sense that they did some stuff that wasn’t exactly gallant. And yet, thanks to the singularly stellar performance of a certain Saskatchewanian stud in net, the Caps kept the score close.
The Penguins had little to show for their possession dominance until Nick Bonino won a board battle and set up Carl Hagelin for the opening goal.
In the third, Marcus Johansson, that notorious softy, tied the game with a power play goal earned from the paint. But with five minutes left, former Capital Eric Fehr caught a puck from Evgeni Malkin and tapped home the game-winner.
Pens beat Caps 2-1. The series is tied 1-1.
Letang penalty pic.twitter.com/jfWSvYnbuP
— Shane O'Donnell (@shane1342o) May 1, 2016
Eric Fehr basically @russianmachine pic.twitter.com/pJItCmsoOo
— Matt (@Hobbit311) May 1, 2016
fury #CapsPens @russianmachine pic.twitter.com/MBLZ6rBVBB
— Taylor Trostle (@tltrostle) May 1, 2016
Unleash the Fury of the night
That was an ugly game. By some point officiating became an abstract concept like dignity or pornography. Washington’s play merited a blowout, but Braden Holtby wouldn’t let that happen.
The skaters in front of him will have to be much better next week.
Off we go to Pittsburgh, where the Caps will have less control over matchups. That might be a good thing.
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