Maybe you’re like me and you were worried that the Caps winning the Cup might have dulled the relationship between them and the Penguins. If that’s the case, then you, like me, were dead wrong. Wednesday night’s date between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals was a riotous affair from the first minute to the last. I just didn’t like how it ended.
After a scoreless (but not uneventful) first period, Lars Eller netted a pretty goal assisted by Tom Wilson but made possible by a great Matt Niskanen hit at the Caps blue line. The Penguins got on the board with a power-play goal off Sidney Crosby’s stick, deflecting Evgeni Malkin’s pass. Before the period was up, Bryan Rust got an extra greasy goal in the paint to give the Pens a 2-1 leading heading into the third. The Caps put up a ferocious effort in the final frame, but they couldn’t come back, snuffing their win streak at five games.
Caps lose 2-1.
Why is Tom Wilson still not suspended? pic.twitter.com/9SiEdcI1b6
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) December 20, 2018
No Joe B tonight, so here’s a handsome otter from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
That’s a good otter. That’s all I gotta say.
And so ends Washington’s five-game win streak. The Caps played fine in broad strokes, but the power play was sloppy, discipline was a bit lacking, and puck luck was absent entirely. I’d be gloomy, but 12 wins in the last 15 games ain’t so bad.
The Caps have back-to-backs this weekend before the holiday break. I’ll be away from home for the holiday for the first time in my life, so let me know offer my warmest wishes to you and yours. 2019 will be a great year, or I swear to god I will turn this car around.
Headline photo: Patrick Smith
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