Pittsburgh Penguins Top Chippy Washington Capitals
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals were meeting each other for the first of four meetings this season. This first meeting was at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. It was chippy for most of this game.
With Pittsburgh leading 3-2 with 2:33 remaining in regulation, Brandon Tanev shot the puck and it floated past Ilya Samsonov to give the Penguins a 4-2 lead. The goal was assisted by Teddy Blueger and Zach Aston-Reese.
Washington responded with a goal 15 seconds later on a goal scored by Lars Eller for the second time on the afternoon. It was assisted by Carl Hagelin and Radko Gudas. Matt Murray would just deny opportunities late in the game for the Penguins and he finished the game with 29 saves as Pittsburgh took down the Capitals on the road by a score of 4-3.
Murray was one of the reasons why they won. Even though Tristan Jarry started in a 4-3 win on Friday night at home against the Philadelphia Flyers, there is still some speculation that Matt Murray might be the guy to turn too in big games.
Eller scored the first goal of the game for Washington with 8:22 remaining in the first period. Richard Panik came through with an assist.
In the second period, there was a turnover and Dominik Simon scored on a back-handed goal with 8:01 remaining in the second period and it was off a Sidney Crosby rebound shot. Crosby had an assist on the goal and so did Jared McCann.
Six minutes into the third period, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal for the Washington Capitals. It went off of John Marino and Matt Murray tried to save it but he couldn’t. Kuznetsov’s goal was assisted by Jakub Vrana and Nick Jensen.
Ilya Samsonov got the start on Sunday afternoon between the pipes for Washington. He has won 11 consecutive games until this game ended. Samsonov looked very good for the most part. He also finished the game with 29 saves.
Pittsburgh is now only four points back of the Capitals for the first spot in the Metropolitan Division.
The Boston Bruins (31-10-12 record with 74 points so far this season) are currently in first place in the Atlantic Division.
The New York Islanders (29-15-6 record with 64 points so far this season) is currently in third place in the Metropolitan Division, the Columbus Blue Jackets (27-16-9 record with 63 points so far this season) are currently in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division, the Philadelphia Flyers (28-17-7 record with 63 points so far this season) are currently in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division, and the Carolina Hurricanes (29-19-3 record with 61 points so far this season) are currently in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division.
A lot of fans would want to see the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals play each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season because they did not play each other last season because they both lost in the first round.
These two teams will play each other three more times this season. I am sure it will be chippy in those matchups.
The Pittsburgh Penguins (33-14-5 record with 71 points so far this season) next game will be on the road on Thursday night. That game is against the Tampa Bay Lightning (32-15-5 record with 69 points so far this season).
The Washington Capitals (35-13-5 record with 75 points so far this season) next game will be at home on Tuesday night. That will be against the Los Angeles Kings (19-29-5 record with 43 points so far this season).
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