Shootout Goals Spark Penguins over Capitals

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Bad blood always seems to spill when the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins play against each other. The Penguins raised the championship banner before the game. That spark of energy led to a Penguins 3 to 2 victory in a shootout.

In the shootout session, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie scored for the Capitals. Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang scored for the Penguins, in the first 3 rounds. In the fourth round, Phil Kessel shot the puck and the refs thought it was off the post. When the replay was shown, it clearly went  in the net.  The refs reviewed the shot, and then it would be called a goal. Alex Ovechkin had one last chance to extend the game, but Marc-Andre Fleury denied him.

During the actual game, Andre Burakovsky scored goals for the Capitals in the first and third-period. Both Penguins goals were scored by Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin in the second-period.

Both goalies played very well. Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots for the Capitals. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 39 shots for the Penguins. Both goalies played as if their lives were on the line last night.

Washington and Pittsburgh will be playing each other three more times this season.