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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Penguins @ Capitals Recap by @ryannoble66

Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins played their best game of the season to earn a huge win over the Washington Capitals by a score of 4-0. Fleury was a monster in net, Sid was Sid and even Dan Bylsma looked like he had coached an NHL game before. In what was the most important game of the season everybody stepped up. Plus, it always feels good getting a W from this guy... 

Not a handsome man... Anyways lets get to the game... WAIT!! 

Caps fans get dressed for the game. 
Okay, NOW lets get to the game! 

First Period

Pittsburgh almost matched Washington's shot total of  18 in the first period with 17. They really came out hard in this one. They seemed to be getting the majority of the chances and were really solid in their end. 

They got their first goal at 6:38 when Paul Martin scored from the blue line (second goal of the season) after a faceoff win by Sidney Crosby who was credited with his 17th assist of the season on the play. The Pens take the lead 1-0
Almost 6 minutes later the Penguins would increase their lead 2-0 after Beau Bennett scored his first goal of the season with a beautiful shot. Malkin (18th of the season) and Niskanen (9th of the season) both got assists on the play. 
Minus some penalties, that was pretty much it for the first period. Penguins go into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead. 

Second Period

Minus being more disciplined in the second (The Penguins took 0 penalties compared to the 3 minors in the first) the second resembled the first. Again the Pens had the upper hand in the shot department with a 15-8 advantage. 

The Penguins got a power play a little over 5 minutes into the second period. They were unable to do much on it. Actually this might have been the most stressful part of the game to watch. I was watching the clock really hoping it was going to end because we appeared to be better at 5 on 5 play.

18:26 seconds into the period the Caps took a too many men on the ice penalty. As I sat there hoping that it was not going to be as terrifying as the last pp Sidney Crosby did what Sid does... 

Just in case there is anyone out there that is still confused... 

Crosby's power play goal put the Penguins up 3-0 with 29 seconds remaining in the period.

Third Period

The Penguins slowed down in the shot department but still managed to double the Caps production by 8 to 4. That seemed to be an ongoing theme throughout the game. 

There were no penalties or really much of anything in this period. Until just past the 7 minute mark when James Neal scored a nice goal to put the Pens up 4-0. Both Martin and Malkin would get assists on the goal. 

And that would be it. Pens win 4-0.


  • Brooks Orpik had a monster of a game. Solid in his end and had 7 hits.
  • Letang played under 25 minutes again and looked good. He had 6 shots and only one give away which is huge. Keeping him under 25 minutes is obviously best for everyone. 
  • Penguins didn't have the edge in faceoffs. Crosby was held to %43 in the faceoff circle.
  • The Pens turned the puck over 8 times. 3 were by Kunitz.
  • The Pens blocked 18 shots. 6 were blocked by Martin.
The Penguins next game is @ home this Friday against the Islanders. The game is scheduled for 7 pm. 

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