A Pittsburg Thriller: The Penguins Beat Washington With 13 Pucks Scored
It was a true thriller for the fans and a bright hockey holiday for neutral viewers. Pittsburgh hosted the Stanley Cup winning Washington Capitals last night on the ice of the Consol Energy Center. The game turned out to be the best of the season so far, surpassing the epic Vegas Golden Knights loss and the tough game between Toronto and Montreal (which we already covered) by far.
This was the season-opener for the Pens, and as their notable defender Chris Letang said, “I think we wanted to respond to last season. I don't think it mattered if it was (Washington) or another team,” Yet, all NHL fans remember that it was Washington that beat Pittsburgh in the second round of post-season play, blocking them from the Conference Final, so perhaps Letang’s words are a bit too diplomatic.
Jamieson Oleksyak, another Pens defender, who scored only four goals last season, scored the first puck of the game (and, consequently, the first puck of the Pens this season), bringing the score to 1:0 in the first minute of the first period. What a cold shower for the Capitals that was! There’s nothing worse than losing to your rival at the beginning of a tough contest.
However, the cold shower soon turned to Niagara Falls for the Pens themselves, as the Capitals managed to bounce back, scoring twice in the third and fourth minutes of the same period, thanks to Jacub Vrana and Brooks Orpik efforts, bringing the score to 1:2.
One of the Pens hopes of this season, forward Jake Guentzel, equalized it in the seventh minute with the help of Justin Schultz and Daniel Sprong, but the very next minute Washington star Alex Ovechkin made it 2:3, leaving the Pens to catch up again.
Chris Letang scored in the twenty-first minute, while Capitals defender John Carlson scored his puck in the twenty-third, making it 3:4, and if following the flow of the game, it would seem the team reigning from the U.S. capital would be victorious, but it didn’t pan out this way, as Jake Guentzel scored his second goal of the night in the thirty-fifth minute, along with Derick Brassard scoring another puck in the net of Lewis Holtby the next minute, bringing the score to 5:4, with the Pens moving ahead by one for the second time in this thrilling game.
But the things turned around on the ice when Evgeni Malkin nailed the puck into the net in the forty-second minute, bringing the score to 6:% in favor of the home team. Washington managed to even things out with the efforts of the remarkable forward T. J. Oshie, who scored twice seven minutes before the final buzzer. 6:6 — a dozen goals for the crowd in just three periods.
An accurate shot from Chris Letang brought the Pens their first victory of the seasons in the first minute of overtime, with a final score of 7:6. Washington fans have every right to be disappointed, while Pittsburgh fans were sure to celebrate this glorious victory all night long.
Up next, the Capitals host Vegas on Wednesday night and the Penguins host Montreal on Saturday night.