Following a thrilling 3-2 come from behind victory on Thursday night to take Game One against the Capitals, the Penguins will look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead this afternoon when they faceoff against the Capitals at 3:00PM.
The Penguins found themselves trailing 2-0 early in the third period of Game One. Instead of burying their heads like most teams, the Penguins realized that they were the Penguins and could magically flip a switch. They proved this by scoring three unanswered goals and taking the game by a final of 3-2. Patric Hornqvist got the scoring started with an unreal redirect past Braden Holtby. The Capitals daddy, Sidney Crosby, scored next to tie the game at two. Shortly after Jake Guentzel deflected a Sidney Crosby shot under the arm of Holtby and suddenly the Penguins had a 3-2 lead. The score would stick, thanks to Matt Murray bailing the Penguins out a few times, especially late.
Evgeni Malkin could return today. He was a full participant in practice yesterday and worked on the top power play unit. If the Penguins get Malkin back, look for Carter Rowney to be the one sitting. Brassard would shift back to centering the third line while and Sheahan would resume his 4th line duties. Sheahan, although he did not show up on the scoresheet Thursday, played a strong game. The depth the Penguins have down the middle is incredible and like I said, I do expect Malkin to play today.
The Capitals and their fans have to be broken. They scored just 17 seconds into the game after a defensive breakdown by the Penguins and to them, it probably felt like this was going to be their year. Then, in the third period Ovechkin blows one past Murray and practically brought the house down with it. Caps fans were on top of the world for a brief moment.
Following the Penguins victory, Pens fans took to the steps (a tradition) practically right across the street from Capital One Arena (where the Caps usually lose at). Their fans did not like the call on the field. That's when our own @Bobbles412 ended someone's career on Twitter.
Wow. Either way, some Capitals fans were trying to organize something on Twitter that involved taking back 'their' steps if they were to lose again. Imagine the Penguins having that sort of real estate in your head to think about your plans AFTER your team loses to the Penguins. I'm a fan. Either way, hopefully Malkin's return leads Penguins fans to the steps again and we're going home tonight up 2-0 in the series. It could happen.
Expect Evgeni Malkin to play today. He's listed as a game-time decision.
No Hagelin again this afternoon.
Andre Burakovsky has yet to resume skating for the Capitals, so there's that.
Crosby, Guentzel, and Hornqvist combined for 7 points in just 4:49 in Game One. HAHAHAHA.
The Penguins recalled 13 'Black Aces' for the playoffs - Josh Jooris, Daniel Sprong, the Defensive Datsyuk Andrey Pedan, and Tristan Jarry being the more notable ones.
It's been said time and time again, but if the Penguins could get their shit together BY puck drop that would be ideal.
Hot take here, but the Penguins absolutely need to limit teams getting odd-man rushes. The Capitals, much like the Penguins could have easily scored another few goals on Thursday, mostly because of this.
Chad Ruhwedel and Jamie Oleksiak have not been very good. If they can even play an average game, the Penguins would be in much better shape.
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Puck drop - just after 3:00PM (so realistically like 8:30PM) on NBC.
Do it. Go Pens.
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