Much like the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Washington Capitals joined them by blowing a lead. However, instead of it being a 3-1 lead, the Caps blew a 3-0 lead.
During the first period, the Penguins looked like a garbage team. They were getting outplayed handily throughout. On both of Washingtons goals, the Pens had three players down low, behind the goal line. Well, on both occasions they allowed a Caps forward to have a clean drive to the net, which was especially noticeable on Burakovsky's goal.
As the second period began, Ian Cole did what Dan Bylsma use to preach, which was, STICK ON PUCK!! Rather than stepping up and knocking Justin Williams down, Cole allowed Williams to fire a shot over Matt Murrays shoulder, making it 3-0 Caps. At this point here, most people in attendance probably thought that this game was over? I kinda did.
However, if you looked in your ICETIME on page 83, and saw a guy named Patric Hornqvist, you'll like what your about to hear. While in the Capitals offensive zone, Patric Hornqvist ended up delivering a #Clean hit on the most overrated player in hockey aka T.J. Oshie. A scrum would ensue after, thus causing four on four play.
Before I get to what happened next, a quick shout out to Capitals blog, Russian Machine Never Breaks. All they did during the game was whine and cry over the refs. Word of advice, "Would You Please Shut the Hell Up!"
On the four on four, the Pens exploded for two goals. Evgeni Malkin and Conor Sheary both scored. Shortly after the four on four play expired, the Pens got another goal. This time from Nick Bonino. As Justin Schultz fired a shot on net, the puck hit Bonino up high, but it ended up falling down, thus allowing him to score. The Penguins would continue their second period push as Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin pushed them ahead, giving them a 5-3 lead.
After Malkin scored his second goal of the game, for the second time in three straight regular season games at PPG Paints Arena, Braden Holtby was chased from the net. As Holtby left, the arena taunted him with the old Olaf Kolzig treatment, by chanting, "HOLTBY! HOLTBY!! HOLTBY!!!"
As result of the goalie change, the Caps got a surge as they came crashing back with two goals to tie the game at 5-5.
Much like he did vs Tampa Bay in January 2012, Evgeni Malkin completed the natural hat-track, giving the Pens a 6-5 lead to end the period. The Caps did challenge the play for goalie interference, but it was null.
Sidney Crosby gave the Pens a 7-5 lead in the third, but the Caps roared back to tie the game at 7-7.
While the last two minutes of the third period felt forever, overtime wouldn't take long. Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary had a 2 on 1 rush. Both Crosby and Sheary crashed the net, where the puck finally went in thanks to Sheary, giving the Pens a thrilling 8-7 victory. The goal was reviewed for goalie interference, but was none.
Prior to Sheary scoring the winner, according to Capitals fans, writers, and RMNB, Sidney Crosby should've been called for trip on Alex Ovechkin, but nothing was. Crosby >> Ovechkin IMO.
1st: Andre Burakovsky (7); assists; Daniel Winnik (6)
1st: Nicklas Backstrom (13); assists; T.J. Oshie (12), Alex Ovechkin (17)
2nd: Justin Williams (15); assists; Evgeny Kuznetsov (25), Marcus Johansson (17)