Crosby gets a great chance early. Huge save.
The Caps get an offensive rush, and you hear cowbells in the stands.
Is this a college game? Jesus. Horrible fans.
Crosby gets a second chance early on a 2-on-1 with Bill Guerin. Goal. 1-0.
Soon after, Cooke goes to the box for a job.
The Pens kill it beautifully.
Semin gets a breakaway. Candy comes back and thwarts it. Huge.
The Pens end up killing it, but the Caps were all over MAF like Ted Leonsis on a $5 bill.
But alas, the Caps tie it. 1-1.
All it took was a Pens mistake. And a huge one. Letang stunned.
Late in the period, Kennedy gets jobbed by some joke, and the glass falls apart.
Good job with your arena, Leonsis.
Play finally resumes, and Trent Green goes into the corner.
Gonch jobs him. Green takes the first of at least three dives on the afternoon.
After the kill, Guerin makes a mistake in his own zone.
And then Crosby finds himself on a semi-breakaway.
Stopped. No surprise there.
Malkin and Van Morrison went off, then Backstrom jobbed Crosby.
Pens get a 4-on-3; their first PP of the game, interestingly enough.
Gonchar goes under center, and the Caps fans do some whooping.
We were gonna listen closely to what was being "chanted" the next time he touched the puck. Oh wait.
The Pens needed the next goal. And they got it.
Kunitz-Letang-Crosby-Guerin. Two backhand chip passes.
Guerin gets it.
For the rest of the second period, Dan Bylsma's game plan was exhibited.
The Pens worked the puck between their D-men.
If they didn't see something they liked, they started again.
Rarely was the puck picked off in the neutral zone.
Towards the end of the second, the Caps work in the Pens zone and get Tom Poti wide-open. Looks like a goal every day of the week. Ovechkin doesn't know the rules of hockey and the fact that the shot will be looked at after the next whistle.
Orpik goes off for visor-sticking.
The Caps came out and got the big goal they need.
And then they got another.
If you're keeping track, that's two goals the Caps scored off horrendous Penguin errors.
The fans start chanting FLEURY…FLEURY.
MAF's heard that before, like past the first round of the playoffs.
The next few minutes of play was intense.
The play-by-play announcer was drowned out by Caps fans wanting every call.
And they say Crosby complains? Jesus.
The Pens get a PP halfway through the third.
Pens had some big chances.
But Theodore wasn't cheating on his pregnant girlfriend. Big saves and a LINK.
Malkin had a solid chance a little later.
But again, Theodore wasn't cheating on his pregnant girlfriend.
It's almost like he was taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Oh, wait. HE DOES.
The game was reaching the homestretch, and Steckel blatantly trips Malkin.
Pretty dangerous play. Those are the kind of players Ted Leonsis employs.
The Pens can't capitalize.
After an icing call, the Pens make a line change.
Pens get the point after a late frenzy.
Malkin gets tripped after leading a 2-on-1.
But the Caps had already taken their quota of penalties.
The Pens had to survive a frenzy in front of MAF.
MAF with a save. Candy with a block.
Malkin gets douched.
Erskine knocks his stick away. Not a penalty anymore.
MAF makes some saves to wrap up OT.
Semin was up first.
We typed this before he sco— save by MAF.
- Fedotenko was unreal.
- Kunitz hits everything.
- Solid game for Hal Gill. He loves this time of the year.
- Stunned and other pics sent in by Mark Ash, Pensgirl, Justin A.
- What is the over/under for "March Of The Penguins" headlines today?
- We sent an e-mail to Tanner Cooley. No reply yet.
There is a little tradition among Pens fans here in the DC area, that after each game we win, we storm the steps of the Museum across the arena, and recite pens chants, and boo Ovie, or whatever the CAPS fans try to say during the game. Such as last year, they had towel giveaways at the game, and they were lit on fire on the steps celebration. It's louder than the Million Man March I swear, and you can hear it blocks away. Anyhow, I noticed people were flashing pictures of it in great numbers today, might be a great post addition if you can get one of those.
A new arrival to the Musem steps tradition, some 90 lbs, looked to be indian kid showed up and was wearing a Mario jersey and dancing around like he was Slum-dog Penguins fan. The dude was so heart and soul, if you get a picture of him, he deserves to be hailed by the pensblog. When a CAPS fan tried to start stuff with him, he stayed classy and true to the name on his jersey and made the kid look like a douche trying to start stuff with a 90 lbs indian maybe kid. He laid it on the line, and I'd bet good money, when he's sober, he's another avid reader.
CAPS fans make an annoying Whoop-whop noise everytime Gonchar touches the puck, so when he scored the Pens fans started making the noise loudly in celebration, then did so loudly in the concourse exiting the game. It was like taking their on belt and hitting them with it, it was great.
Chris Cooley was in attendance, and I think he was doing the trying not to cry at the end of the game routine. He tried to bitch-smack a pens fan, but since he's got no rings, it does not hurt anyone.
Finally, had an amazing stunned shot lined of some Caps fans frustrated after the shoot out goal, but some kid steped into the line of fire.