Whenever the Capitals take on the Penguins, the game is always an intense roller-coaster ride from start to finish. Last night’s contest in Pittsburgh was no different. The Caps squeaked out a 3-2 overtime win despite being dominated much of the game.
- Forwards Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Knuble both posted their first goals of the season. Both players seem to come alive whenever this rivalry is in play. It seems this always-intense rivalry finally got Ovechkin’s motor running. The captain had one goal on three shots and collected five hits and a +1 on the evening.
- Goalie Tomas Vokoun showed a much better side of himself, stopping 39 of 41 shots. He kept the Caps in the game in the first and third periods while the rest of the team lagged.
- The Caps penalty kill shut down four of five Penguin power plays.
- The lone power play for the Caps came in overtime. Dennis Wideman cracked in a nice Nicklas Backstrom pass from the slot. The goal is Wideman’s second of the year.
- The Caps were woefully outshot, 41-19. Their best period was the second, where they clearly dominated center ice and sustained great offensive pressure.
- The team did not put in a full 60 minutes. A particularly poor third period allowed the Pens to maintain constant pressure and eventually score, forcing the Caps into overtime for the third straight game this season.
- Troy Brouwer’s holding call with just under 5 minutes left in the third was a bad penalty near the defensive blue line and gave the Pens the chance they needed to tie the game up.
- Jay Beagle came out on the wrong side of a brief fight with Arron Asham, going down after two quick blows from the Penguin forward. Beagle left the ice trailing blood from his face; his status is currently unknown.
“Jay got popped a pretty good one,” said coach Bruce Boudreau of Beagle’s fight. “He was playing a really good game, and challenged a pretty tough customer. He got tagged a good one.”