Once again, the rivalry between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins did not disappoint on Saturday afternoon. In the end, it was Alexander Ovechkin’s gang who won over Sidney Crosby’s by a score of 6 to 3 at the PPG Paints Arena.
“Ovi” left his mark on the meeting by threading the needle of his office on the power play in the second period. His violent strike left Tristan Jarry speechless, allowing the Capitals to tie the game. He also accompanied Tom Wilson during a two against one when the latter scored the winning goal at the end of the third period.
This is the fourth straight loss for the Penguins. Ill, Crosby had missed the last game of his family and seemed pumped up for this duel. In the first half, he was sent to jail for punching forward Nic Dowd without warning. “Sid” was cleared from the score sheet, in addition to posting a poor differential of -3.
The game got off to a flying start, as Bryan Rust and Marcus Johansson both scored for their respective teams within the first 61 seconds of the game. Jeff Carter and Brian Boyle also closed the first twenty with two successes in one minute.
Dmitry Orlov also hit the target for the Caps, while Evgeny Kuznestov and Martin Fehervary both slipped the puck into an empty net.
In front of the crowd favorites cage, Jarry had a pretty busy night, stopping 39 shots. Ilya Samsonov sweated less on the other side of the ice, with 29 saves.
The Devils play a nasty trick on the Stars
In a precarious position in the standings, the Dallas Stars could not afford to fall into the trap set by the New Jersey Devils, but the latter played the spoilsport by scoring twice at the very end of the game for the win 3 to 1, Saturday afternoon, at the American Airlines Center.
Nico Hischier scored a game-winning goal to silence the Texas crowd with 70 seconds left on the clock. The captain deftly got rid of Tyler Seguin with a quick pivot and dodged goaltender Jake Oettinger’s spear to pass the puck under his arm. Pavel Zacha confirmed the victory with another net 10 seconds later.
The Devils had lost their last five games, allowing the Montreal Canadiens seven goals on Thursday. They seemed an easy catch for the Stars, who are vying for a playoff berth.
The Dallas defense deflated in the third period giving up three goals, including Ty Smith’s, which tied the game 1-1.
Three successive penalties led to Ryan Suter opening the scoring in the second period. On the power play, the veteran defenseman took a wrist shot from the blue line that worked its way past Nico Daws. It was the 100th career goal for Suter, who became only the 16th American fullback to reach that milestone.
Daws was solid in the win stopping 27 pucks. His vis-à-vis, Oettinger, made 20 parries on 23 throws.