On Thursday night the Caps dropped Game One to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-2. Another one-goal game, this time with the Caps on the wrong side. It featured a spirited two-goal comeback by the Caps and some general domination, including goals by Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
In the Corsi Hockey League, the Caps would’ve taken the W in a landslide. This was their most dominant possession game all season, with shot attempts at plus-40 (!!!) and scoring chances at plus-26 (!!!!!!!). There are complaints, but overall the Caps just need to keep doing everything they did last night, and then the edge in scoring will tilt in their favor. Probably.
I just kind of ripped Andre Burakovsky above, but this is still going to him. He was on the ice for a bazillion shot attempts for, a bunch of scoring chances, and most importantly, no goals against. Other solid choices would be Tom Wilson and Lars Eller who both generally stood out and had ungodly possession stats.
Definitely a bummer to drop that one, especially after clawing back from being down two. But don’t fear, the Caps are just in the process of flipping the script. They just so happen to be 8-1 in Game One (all time) against Pittsburgh, and they are 1-8 all time in those same series’. So hopefully the Caps get right back at it in game two.
Stats courtesy of Corsica.Hockey.
Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI.
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