The Washington Capitals stayed alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 and forced a game six in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Pens lead the Caps 3 games to 2.
The Caps needed their captain to step up and he did that tonight, scoring a goal and an assist. Ovechkin started off the scoring on a first period power play goal a little over four minutes into the game. It was Ovechkin’s fifth of the playoffs and gave the Caps momentum early. They’ve struggled in the playoffs with the man advantage, but we’re successful tonight, scoring twice on the power play. The Ovechkin goal was a classic Ovechkin slap shot from the left side that crashed by Pens goalie Matt Murray.
The Caps 1-0 lead only lasted three minutes when Chris Kunitz scored his first of the playoffs. It was the only tally for the Pena this evening.
Washington’s two other tallies came in the middle period. TJ Oshie scored the game winner on another Caps power play. Oshie buried a rebound off a classic Ovechkin bomb from the left side that Murray couldn’t handle. That gave the Caps the 2-1 lead. Justin Williams scored the final goal on an awful turnover by the Pens that led to a smash by Williams right in front of Murray. It was Williams second goal of the playoffs.
Besides the reemergence of the Caps power play, the story of the night was Braden Holtby. Holtby faced 31 Pens’ shots and turn away some really breath full saves, two near the end of the second period. That save was a huge difference maker for the Caps.
The series now moves back to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. If the Caps can pull out a win on Tuesday, then the series returns to DC for the ever critical game seven on Thursday.
Good win for those Capitals tonight.