Penguins Edge Capitals in OT 5-4

Penguins

Jake Guentzel

 

 

This is a playoff series no one can complain about ever. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins always put up a show when they play each other. Ovechkin and Crosby is a tale as old as time whenever we get to watch it. Although Ovechkin didn’t play in this game, the overall play is must-see TV. The Penguins are coming off a 3-1 loss to Boston on Tuesday. Washington is coming off a 1-0 win over the Islanders on Tuesday.

The Penguins heading into this game trailed the Capitals by one point. The Capitals had 68 points while the Penguins had 67 points. This game has many playoff implications on the line. All the Capitals need is one point and the Rangers to lose in regulation. The Penguins need a win and a Rangers loss in regulation. Both teams get their wish to come true. The Penguins end up with a win in overtime to not only clinch a playoff spot of their own, but they also help the Capitals get in.

 

 

Kapanen’s Big Night

This is not the first time we have seen Kasperi Kapanen in a Penguins jersey. Before being a Maple Leaf, Kapanen was drafted by these Penguins. He was a part of the Phil Kessel trade back in 2015. Now in his second stint with the Penguins, Kapanen is showing why they should have never gotten rid of him. Kapanen has a great combination of speed and size to his game. He certainly showed off that combination tonight.

Kapanen got the scoring going for the Penguins after TJ Oshie made it 1-0 Washington. His goal came with 4:33 left on the clock in the first period. With the game tied in the third period at 3-3, Kapanen delivers once again. He puts home his second goal of the game with 9:05 left in the game to make it 4-3. His two-goal game is a huge part of why the Penguins getting two points in this game over Washington.

 

 

Guentzel’s OT Magic

We all know how lethal of a goal-scorer Jake Guentzel is in the NHL today. He has a deadly one-timer and is not afraid to go to the dirty areas for a goal He is a no-brainer to be out on the ice when it is three-on-three in overtime. Usually, it is Sidney Crosby that feeds him the puck for his goals. Tonight had a different outcome than that.

John Marino is a future superstar defender in this league. His offensive game has improved immensely since last season. He shows that tonight by getting the primary assist to help Guentzel end this game in overtime for the Penguins.

 

 

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