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5-Minute Penguins Wrap: Hot Goalie, OT Mistake Sours Penguins Effort vs. Capitals

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The Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Washington Capitals in every way. Shots, scoring chances, puck possession, and even power-play goals. The Penguins even drew praise from head coach Mike Sullivan who expressed affirmation for much of his team’s game, but the Washington Capitals escaped from PPG Paints Arena with a 4-3 OT win over the Penguins.

“That’s hockey, sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you get lots of shots but can’t score,” Penguins center Evgeni Malkin summarized the game.

The Washington Capitals received an all-world performance from their goalie Ilya Samsonov, who replaced starter Vitek Vanecek about six minutes into the game. Vanecek was reportedly taken into concussion protocol, but it was the Penguins who were scratching their heads trying to beat Samsonov.

Dan both asked Sullivan about Kasperi Kapanen, and dove into his game performance, as well. Kapanen had four shots on goal and seven attempts, and several scoring chances, but was caught on the ice in overtime after a bad turnover. The answers aren’t what some want to hear.

The final shot counter was 45-29. Later in the third period, it was even more unbalanced as the Penguins held a 43-20 advantage before a Washington surge, and Jake Guentzel similarly shrugged off the cruel hockey gods.

“I thought we had a lot of chances and I like how we played tonight. I thought we were pretty good for 60 minutes and just came up a little bit short,” Guentzel said. “But sometimes you’re going to run into a goalie that makes a couple of saves. I mean, it’s the NHL, you expect them to be good, so maybe (you) get a little frustrated but I think we’ve just got to get to the net a little more.”

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ric
ric
3 months ago

guess I really dont know hockey Dan because I didnt see what you saw in last night game concerning the penguins “all in to win”. Lately they seem they seem uninspired with brief moments of their potential. The problem as I see it is a coaching problem not player problem per se; how to motivate highly paid and skilled players to be fully present for 60 minutes on the ice and not “sit” on a lead. This is where coaches earn their pay check.

Big B
Big B
3 months ago

3 points up on the Caps not two.

Lee
Lee
3 months ago

What I find most disappointing about the Pens play over the last several games is that what used to be a very deep bench when it comes to points scoring has gone away. Crosby, Rust, Guentzel, Malkin, and Letang are scoring points, but we haven’t seen anything from Carter, Rodrigues, Heinen, Kapanen, Matheson, Marino, Petterson, Boyle, or Simon. The shake-up in the lines since the return of Malkin and the injury to Blueger has really thrown the team for a loop. Jarry is still my hero, but most of the rest of the team is not playing up to his… Read more »

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
3 months ago

Its nice to see you without the face diaper Dan.

I think the Blueger injury is hurting this team more than most think.

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