The Washington Capitals did something they haven’t done in a while: win a game in entertaining, convincing fashion. And as a bonus, they did it against the Penguins.
It was a fun first period, with the Caps securing an early lead off Nic Dowd’s stick, then extending it with Nicklas Backstrom and Richard Panik. The second period came and went without a goal, but Nic Dowd scored a shorthanded goal early in the third.
Sidney Crosby snapped the shutout as Brenden Dillon turned the puck over in the defensive zone, then Evgeni Malkin made it 4-2 with a power-play, but TJ Oshie returned fire with a quick shot from the slot to restore the three-goal lead and win.
goal scorers for caps today so far:
— sporps worst (@OVECHKlN) March 7, 2020
Just gonna say that I don't love the top line during 5v5. pic.twitter.com/EaoYYIRXMi
— Peter Hassett 🌮 (@peterhassett) March 7, 2020
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) March 7, 2020
There were a lot of questions about this team prior to today’s game. The viability of their current style and approach wasn’t really certain. And while this wasn’t a perfect game, it was certainly a statement: Don’t count out the Caps just yet.
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