Round two features a very familiar match-up in the playoffs with the Capitals and Penguins squaring off. Some people may even think this could be the year the Capitals finally get past that hump and beat the Penguins but if they want to do that, they have to stop blowing these leads.
The Capitals started the game off hot with Evgeny Kuznetsov scoring a goal just 17 seconds into the game to give the Caps a 1-0 lead. With the scoring being nonexistent until the third period, Caps fans were probably feeling pretty good about themselves considering they held the Penguins to 0 goals through 2 periods.
Well, that mood would be bolstered and then quickly demolished in the third period. In the third, Alex Ovechkin would put one in the back of the net to give the Caps a 2-0 lead and seemingly put the game away. Well, that would not be the case.
The Penguins would come back and score three unanswered goals in the third from Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel which erased the Capitals’ 2-0 lead and gave the Penguins a 3-2 win in game one of the series.
A common theme for the Capitals so far in these playoffs is blown leads. In game 1 against the Blue Jackets they blew a 2-0 lead to lose in overtime. In game 2 it was the same story with the Caps blowing another 2-goal lead to lose in overtime to Columbus. Even though they would win the next 4, the Caps would blow leads in game 3 and in game 5.
If this really is the year the Caps get past the Penguins they should start by figuring out how to play with and maintain leads. Good news for them is it’s only game one.
Game Notes: PITT leads series 1-0
WASH- Evgeny Kuznetsov (5), Alex Ovechkin (6) PITT- Patric Hornqvist (3), Sidney Crosby (7), Jake Guentzel (7)
Sidney Crosby-2, Jake Guentzel-3, Patric Hornqvist-2, Justin Schultz-1, Evgeny Kuznetsov-1, Dmitry Orlov-1, Alex Ovechkin-2, Tom Wilson-2
Photo: Washington vs. Pittsburgh