Egg Nog Hangover #37: Pengiuns 3 – Capitals 2 in the Shootout

In a preview of the fast approaching Winter Classic, the Capitals clashed with their nemesis, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pens took an early lead with a tip-in by Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby when the game was barely 4 minutes old. The Pens gave the Caps plenty of chances to tie things up with several Power Play opportunities. One would pay off when Mike Green blasted one past Pens Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to square the score at 1. It was a new game going into the third period until the Pens took the lead back on a goal by Chris Kunitz just 17 seconds in. Penguins killer himself, Mike Knuble would bring the Caps back with a short-handed goal late in the third to force overtime.

Overtime contained a lot of back and forth. A close call almost won it for the Caps video evidence did not favor the home team on a Mike Green dandy. We’re going to the shootout. The shootout turned into a war of attrition, with 7 shooters a side. 

Read on for the Christmas Eve edition of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good:

Goal Tending. Do I have to say more? Both Neuvi and Fluery were fantastic. This game could of been grossly lop-sided if not for the two net minders.

His name is David Steckel. And he is a face-off animal.

Holy Mike Green. Logging 34 minutes of ice time, 6 Shots, a Goal, and so many blocked shots that I lost count. He truly took a lickin’ and kept on kickin’ as he took the brunt of several big hits from the opposition.

The Bad

The Phantom trip of Christmas Past rears its ugly head on thGreat 8. Someone let the officials know the beer are for after the game, not the intermission.

Perreault and penalties. Did he read the Alex Semin playbook before the game? Two penalties, including a very notable one in the offensive zone.

The Ugly

In a game like this, there was not too much to tag as “ugly.” Both teams played well. Lots of backs and forths, ups and downs. I think the fans won the most from this one. Ugly will be the retribution handed down from the Caps come January 1.