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3 Impressions: Caps 4, Pens 3 OT

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Pens’ 4-3 overtime loss against the Caps in Game 1.

Pens center Nick Bonino has taken his game to another level this postseason. He continued his strong play against the Caps. Bonino came up with a goal and assist, both were highlight reel worthy. On the first he broke the ankles of Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt for a breakaway. His shot was stopped by Braden Holtby, but the rebound ended up on the stick of Ben Lovejoy, who buried for the score. When the Pens desperately needed a goal in the third period as they trailed 3-2, Bonino took a pass in the circle, walked to the slot and snapped a shot that went off of Schmidt and behind Holtby.

2. Third-Period PK
The Pens and Caps were even at 3-3 when Lovejoy took a tripping penalty with 9:07 left in regulation. The Caps’ fifth-ranked power play took the ice against the Pens’ fifth-ranked penalty kill. The Pens were able to avoid surrendering a goal, and kept the fight alive into overtime, with the help of the goal post. A shot went off of the post and died behind goalie Matt Murray. Jason Chimera couldn’t power it over the goal line, thanks to Trevor Daley. The Pens defenseman stick checked Chimera, then cleared the puck.

3. Oshie-11
The best player on the ice for the Caps was forward T.J. Oshie. The Pens struck twice in the second period just 57 seconds apart to flip a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. They had all the momentum. Until… 33 seconds later when Oshie answered with his first of the game. He chipped the puck past Olli Maatta and had a half break. He snapped it glove side, handcuffing Murray. Oshie gave the Caps a 3-2 lead early in the third when he took a pass from Ovechkin and beat Murray through the five-hole. He finished the job with a wraparound goal that was the winner in overtime, and the completion of the hat trick.

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