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.