The Capitals come all the way back from down 4-1 to win in overtime, 5-4, as Knuble sneaks his stick under the legs of Fleury to punch a rebound over the goal line for the winning goal. The puck was there because Ovechkin's initial shot glanced off the post to the left of Fleury. Capitals 5, Penguins 4.
Washington will go on a four-on-three power play as Orpik high sticks Semin.
Another icing call against the Capitals as Crosby and Guerin get a chance to go against a tired Backstrom and Ovechkin.
Who is going to be the hero here on Super Bowl Sunday as the game heads to an extra session.
A little bonus hockey in Washington as the game heads to overtime tied, 4-4!
Pittsburgh will have a chance with the faceoff to the right of Theodore following an icing call.
The crowd is rocking at the Verizon Center following the Washington penalty kill as the Capitals receive a standing ovation.
Which Penguins-Capitals game does this remind you of? How about Game 2 of last season's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when Crosby and Ovechkin had matching hat tricks in that contest:
The fans aren't happy but the Penguins will have a power play as Schultz breaks the stick of Cooke with a slash.
Washington uses their timeout following an icing call as it is now the Penguins turn to on the pressure in the offensive zone.
Adams, Malkin and Fedotenko just dominated the Capitals but Theodore did a great job keeping this game tied, 4-4.
No way that Theodore could have seen a shot from the right point by Goligoski but somehow the biscuit does end up in the glove of the Capitals netminder.
We have a brand new hockey game down the stretch here in Washington. Backstrom wins the faceoff and Ovechkin snaps a shot under the stick of Fleury to complete the hat trick. Penguins 4, Capitals 4.
As you sit and watch this game, you can't help but wonder if there is a way the league can allow these teams to play more often each season?! What a hockey game!
Kennedy came within inches of putting the Penguins back up by two goals. He hit the post behind Theodore on a slap shot from above the right circle.
You knew Washington was not going to go away without a fight. The Penguins blocked a point shot in the slot but a quick backhander by Ovechkin goes through the legs of Fleury. Penguins 4, Capitals 3.
13:39: Kris Letang
jump-started the Penguins' comeback from down 2-0 against the Capitals last spring with this dramatic overtime goal in Game 3:
Washington is putting on a hard charge here after they killed off the two-man advantage but Fleury has slammed the door.
Fleury totally robs Jason Chimera on a two-on-one by diving to the ice and knocking the puck from his stick with his pad.
Fleury was alert to get a right pad on a changeup shot by Semin.
The Capitals are able to kill off both penalties and they also generate a couple glorious scoring chances following the kills.
Washington kills off the first penalty.
The Penguins will begin the third period on a 37-second two-man advantage.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Evgeni Malkin
's two assists today increase his scoring streak to a season-high 10 games.
- Bill Guerin and Ruslan Fedotenko lead the Penguins with three hits apiece.
- Brooks Orpik
has blocked five Washington shots.
After 40 entertaining minutes it's the Penguins with a 4-1 advantage thanks to a pair og goals from Sidney Crosby
and Jordan Staal
. The Penguins are outshooting the Capitals, 24-19.
What a save by Theodore as Crosby was looking for the hat trick at the side of the cage. The Capitals netminder slid back across his crease to make the pad save.
Washington takes a couple shots at the Penguins and they pay for it as Backstrom goes to the box for interference, giving the Penguins a two-man advantage.
Semin gets his stick into the face of Gonchar and a penalty is called this time.
Crosby took a stick in the face off a faceoff but no penalty was called on the play.
Eric Fehr was denied by Fleury on his original shot but he stayed with the rebound and trickled a shot between the legs of the Penguins netminder to give the Capitals a second goal. Penguins 4, Capitals 2.
Pittsburgh has stromed back to take an 18-17 advantage in shots as they have kept Washington away from Fleury other than the Ovechkin breakaway.
Poti turns the puck over to Malkin at the Washington blue line. Malkin feeds Staal cutting through the slot and he buries a shot over the glove Theodore for his second goal of the period. Penguins 4, Capitals 1.
For some reason Washington decides to attack the Penguins as they celebrate their goal. The good part of the unpleasantries exchanged - Ovechkin's in the box. Letang and Ovechkin take coincidental roughing penalties while Backstrom and Kennedy get 10-minute misconduct. I think the Penguins will take this trade.
A quick pass from Tyler Kennedy
to Jordan Staal
standing just outside the blue paint results in the Penguins taking a 3-1 lead as Staal's shot goes through the five-hole of Theodore. Penguins 3, Capitals 1.
Washington makes a save at one end and Jeff Schultz makes a long breakout pass to Ovechkin at center ice. Ovechkin beats Fleury to the five-hole on the breakaway to cut the Penguins lead in half. Penguins 2, Capitals 1.
Semin skates back into the play and the Penguins are 1-for-3 on the man-advantage.
Theodore keeps his right pad along the ice to deny a chance from Ruslan Fedotenko just outside the crease.
Pittsburgh goes on their third power play of the afternoon as Alexander Semin is penalized for hooking.
Pittsburgh is looking for a third-consecutive victory in the Verizon Center after also securing a 4-3 overtime victory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals last spring:
Ovechkin goes after Adams for an earlier hit in the first period.
The Penguins repeatedly take the body in the offensive zone as they have really taken it to the Capitals here today.
What a great job by the Penguins to prevent the Capitals from even setting up during that power play.
Laich draws a holding penalty on Gonchar by driving hard towards the Pittsburgh cage.
Both teams are back on the ice and play resumes between two bitter rivals.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Sidney Crosby
had four of the Penguins' nine shots.
- Craig Adams
and Brooks Orpik
each blocked two shots.
- Adams also led the Penguins with two hits.
What a great opening 20 minutes of play for the Penguins. They lead, 2-0, on two goals from Sidney Crosby
. Washington has the advantage in shots, 15-9.
Washington kills off the extra two as Ovechkin, who was serving the penalty, steps back onto the ice.
4:01: Craig Adams
gets into a battle with Mike Knuble after the Capitals take advantage of Adams knocking Ovechkin to the ice with a hard hit. Both players get fighting majors and 10-minute misconducts. Knuble gets an extra two for instigating. The Penguins have a 1:50 power play after the Eaton penalty expires.
Barely a minute after the Penguins kill off a Kunitz penalty they are forced to send out the PK unit again as Mark Eaton is sent off for holding.
Fleury makes a couple saves and the Penguins kill off the minor penalty to Kunitz.
Kunitz gets called for goaltender interference after running over Theodore, putting the league's top power play onto the ice.
10:01: Sidney Crosby
is one goal away from a natural hat trick! Alex Goligoski made a quick pass to Malkin in the slot, who sent a backhand pass to send Crosby one-on-one with Theodore down low. Crosby totally faked Theodore out before sliding the puck into the net to tie his career high with his 39th goal. Penguins 2, Capitals 0.
Not sure why Capitals fans mock Sergei Gonchar everytime he touches the puck? They did the same thing to Larry Murphy when he played for the Penguins. I guess they don't appreciate great players, even ones who played for them at some point.
Great job by Jordan Staal
to use his frame to draw an interference penalty on Brooks Laich.
Nice job by Theodore to stop Letang not once but twice on a rush into the Capitals zone.
Pittsburgh has been dominating with their forecheck and they use it to strike first. Crosby intercepts a Tyler Sloan pass at the left point, walks around a couple Capitals in the slot and throws a backhander through the legs of Theodore. Penguins 1, Capitals 0.
In case you might have forgotten the details, here are the highlights of the Penguins' 6-2 Game 7 victory over the Caps last spring:
The Penguins have paired Kris Letang
and Brooks Orpik
together to match against the Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom unit.
15:14: Evgeni Malkin
nearly broke this scoreless tie as the puck just rolled off his stick as he created a breakaway for himself by intercepting a Tom Poti pass in the neutral zone.
If anyone wonders what Chris Kunitz
means to this Penguins team just needs to watch him flying around the Washington offensive zone during his first two shifts. His forechecking and net-front presence make a huge difference on Crosby's line.
It was quite a journey for the Penguins to get to Washington today. The team did not get to the game until 2:30 a.m. Click here
to read more about the Penguins' journey.
The Penguins have come out flying, as Theodore uses his mask to make a save on a blast from Kunitz.
Fleury is in goal for the Penguins, Jose Theodore for Washington.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Washington is on a 13-game winning streak, the longest in the NHL since the New Jersey Devils in 2001.
Here are the scratches for today's game. Pittsburgh is without Maxime Talbot, Eric Godard and Martin Skoula while the Capitals have scratched John Erskine and Quintin Laing.
12:02 PM: Chris Kunitz
returns to the Penguins lineup this afternoon after missing 15 games due to abdominal surgery. Kunitz will skate on the left side of a line with Sidney Crosby
and Bill Guerin. The Penguins' lines will look as follows:
Today is Round 2 of the superstar showdown between the Penguins and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. This is the Penguins first trip to Washington since Sidney Crosby
scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury
made a game-changing save on Alex Ovechkin as the Pittsburgh eliminated Washington from the 2009 postseason with a 6-2 victory in Game 7 last spring. Washington won the only other battle between these teams, 6-3, at Mellon Arena on Jan. 21.
Author: Sam Kasan