The Washington Capitals kicked off their second round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the best possible way …before an inevitable and foretold collapse in the third period cost them Game One.
It took all of 17 seconds for the Caps to strike: a ferocious drive by Kuznetsov after master-tier passes from Ovechkin and Wilson. The game did not settle after that, but the scoreboard got quiet until early in the third, when Wilson fed Ovechkin on a two-on-one to put the Caps up two goals. Take a deep breath there.
So. Patric Hornqvist and Sidney Crosby erased that lead with a tip-in and a one-timer before the period was six minutes old. The tie did not last long either. Jake Guentzel got a deflection off a Crosby dump-in that Holtby didn’t lock down properly. That was it.
Penguins beat Caps 3-2. Penguins lead the series 1-0.
Tom Wilson's interference penalty on Sidney Crosby pic.twitter.com/ORMj5bRJ9i
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 27, 2018
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(I miss Joe B’s suit of the night. I wonder what he’s wearing right now. I’m thinking teal velour jumpsuit.)
Welp. I’m debating whether it’s cynical of me to note how typical this kind of performance is from Washington at this time of year – or if it’d be naive of me to pretend it isn’t. Either way, this happened. The Caps put their best foot forward, tripped on their shoelaces, and ate shit. They did it in the exact fashion that had plagued them all season long: an utter failure to string together a full hour of competitive hockey. Deserving most of the blame is Braden Holtby, who certainly should have locked down that post better on the third goal. He’ll be better in Game Two.
Headline photo: Bruce Bennett
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