Everyone talks about a Cup winning hangover, but what about a 7-0 banner raising, home opener shellacking hangover in a back-to-back? The Caps would look to keep proving that neither exist as they traveled to Pittsburgh to face off against their heated rivals, the Penguins.
Almost everyone in the world scored a goal in the first period. Jamie Oleksiak broke through first, Jakub Vrana responded, vaunted sniper Brooks Orpik followed him, Jake Guentzel tied things back up, and then Alex Ovechkin put the good guys in front heading into the break. Now, breathe.
Kris Letang would quickly open scoring up in the second, but John Carlson once again put the Caps ahead with a laser to the top shelf. Patric Hornqvist and Derick Brassard tallied in succession to give the Pens their first lead since opening the game 1-0. Evgeni Malkin added a power play marker and then made a great pass leading to TJ Oshie’s late goal. TJ would tally again soon after to tie things up.
Letang ended it with an OT power play strike.
Penguins beat Caps 7-6.
We thought Tom Hanks was in Pittsburgh tonight https://t.co/TRQDktScJP
— RMNB (@russianmachine) October 4, 2018
Ovechkin is now two goals shy of passing Bobby Hull for 17th place on the all-time goals list.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 4, 2018
#JoeBSuitOfTheNight #CapsPens They back! pic.twitter.com/fLIsyOAGIu
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 4, 2018
Really glad to be back and recapping a hockey game! This was always going to be a tough one on zero rest against one of the best teams in the league and I wouldn’t even say the boys played “bad” per se. They definitely did look leggy so lets just chalk this loss up to some dude in the league office and his calendar.
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