The Washington Capitals played a mostly miserable game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. But mostly miserable is sometimes also partially passable, which is how the Caps somehow got a standings point out of the night.
The Caps got crushed in the first period, spotting the Penguins a one-goal lead thanks to Evgeni Malkin on the power play. Washington fought back in the second period with two big goals — one from Richard Panik and one from Conor Sheary — only to lose their lead on the very next shift as Jake Guentzel tipped in a tying goal.
Both teams turtled in the third, pushing us into overtime, which is where Kasperi Kapanen won it.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 24, 2021
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) February 24, 2021
Not a great game, but here’s a silver lining: a tremendous effort by rookie Vitek Vanacek, who stopped 34 (!) of 36 shots through regulation. He still had some iffy plays and some honking rebounds, but that’s a darn fine effort in his portion of the ice.
Screenshot courtesy of NBC Sports Washington
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