The Pittsburgh Penguins were in DC visiting a friend, so they decided to play a hockey game against the Caps while they were here. This was the first meeting between the two teams since the Pens eliminated the Caps from the playoffs last spring. The game also happened to be played on CFTC’s birthday, so the Caps had plenty of motivation to pull out a win.
Pittsburgh opened the scoring early with a power-play goal from Kristopher “Kris” Letang. About halfway through the second, Patric Hornqvist made it 2-0 with a power-play goal off of his skate that stood because it wasn’t a distinct kicking motion. Late in the second, Christian Djoos DID THE THING to pull the Caps within one.
The Pens started the third with a power play and, guess what, they scored and went up 3-1. The Caps made it interesting late. Djoos made an aggressive pinch, received a lovely pass from Nick Backstrom, and then fed the puck to Alex Ovechkin in front to make the score 3-2. The Caps floundered during 6-on-5 to lose their first in regulation.
Penguins beat Caps 3-2.