The Washington Capitals have not solved their problems, but on Sunday afternoon at least they managed to outscore. The Caps narrowly defeated the Penguins on home ice to take back the top spot of the Metropolitan Division.
Jakub Vrana scored a gorgeous goal in the first period, leaving Marcus Pettersson in the dust, having him wipe out, and then trusting him to deflect the puck into the net while also getting injured. The Caps flatlined after that, and the Penguins punished them for it. In the second period, Patric Hornqvist tied the game after a failed clear, then Sidney Crosby earned the lead as Oshie pushed the puck into the net.
Early in the third, Tom Wilson forced a turnover and scored on a breakaway to restore the tie. Carl Hagelin dueled in the slot to put the Caps ahead again, but Evgeni Malkin’s rush goal made it even all over again with 10 minutes to go. TJ Oshie crashed the net to put the Caps up yet again.
— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) February 23, 2020
Whip breakaway! pic.twitter.com/x2A9f5HjBT
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 23, 2020
Geez Geno pic.twitter.com/ozhbJ55hXn
— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) February 23, 2020
No Joe B, so here’s my best friend Ovie.
— Ovie the Bulldog (@OvietheBulldog) February 23, 2020
And with that, the Caps are now, kinda sorta, back atop the Metro Division. It wasn’t a great game. It probably wasn’t even a good game. But it was won, and that’s what matters for now.
Additional reporting by Brennin Weiswerda
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