Game of the Year: Penguins and Capitals Run Wild in 8-7 OT Thriller (Video + Tweets)
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals played what will surely go down as the game of the year on Monday night.
Seriously. It was bananas. Together the two teams coughed up three two-goal leads and scored 15 goals. Five of those goals came in a span of just 3:32 in the second period, which works out to one goal every 42 seconds. Evgeny Malkin recorded a hat trick, Conor Sheary and Lars Eller each scored two, Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists, and T.J. Oshie had a goal and two assists.
The Capitals led 2-0 after the first period and made it 3-0 early in the second. The defending Stanley Cup champs responded by scoring five unanswered goals, opening up a two-goal lead of their own just five minutes into the second frame. The Caps came back to tie things up at 5-5 with three minutes left in the second, but the Pens scored again less than 30 seconds later to make it 6-5.
Five minutes into the third period the Pens took another two-goal lead on a goal from Crosby. The Caps came back again to tie things up at 7-7 with five minutes left in regulation, but the Penguins eventually won the game 8-7 in overtime on a goal by Sheary.
You want a supercut of all 15 goals in 90 seconds? Good, because here’s a supercut of all 15 goals in 90 seconds:
As you would expect, the game was all the talk among hockey fans on Twitter:
RT if you too scored a goal in the Penguins-Capitals game tonight
— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) January 17, 2017
— Canadian Eh (@CanadianStud_) January 17, 2017
— Hal Gill (@Skillsy75) January 17, 2017
Tbh I would watch 82 games of just Penguins/Capitals all year long. https://t.co/PIvtESTNVm
— Hannah Bevis (@Hannah_Bevis1) January 17, 2017
Tonight’s Penguins-Capitals game featured the same amount of goals that David Clarkson scored as a Maple Leaf (15).
— Steve Dangle Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) January 17, 2017
— Kelen Capener (@KelenKeller38) January 17, 2017