FILE – In this Oct. 1, 1988 photo, Wayne Gretzky, of the Los Angeles Kings, is shown during a break in action at the Forum in Inglewood, Ca. The infamous trade that dealt Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings on Aug. 9, 1988, sent shock waves throughout Canada and the United States is the subject of the documentary “Kings Ransom” that will be broadcast Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 on ESPN. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill)
Leave it to number 87 to win an 8-7 hockey game.
Evgeni Malkin grabbed a hat trick during that patently absurd second period, yet it was Sidney Crosby who helped to create the overtime game-winner (credited to Conor Sheary) as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals on Monday night.
With that, the Penguins’ three-game losing streak ends (as does Washington’s nine-game winning run). The Caps at least got a standings point out of the deal, which seems pretty fair when you consider the fact that they scored a touchdown and extra point’s worth of goals in this one.
(Yes, there were NFL jokes on Twitter.)
Malkin’s hat trick goal and Crosby’s fourth point both demanded official reviews, but both also stood. Capitals fans are probably upset with this game, especially since you could make a legitimate argument that T.J. Oshie should’ve drawn … you, know, at least one penalty:
Instead, you could argue that Patric Hornqvist‘s hit on Oshie ended up being a turning point of the game, although you could also argue that even M. Night Shyamalan couldn’t keep up with all of the twists.
To recap, Malkin had that hat trick, Crosby scored a goal and three assists and Sheary generated a three-point night (two goals, one assist). Trevor Daley generated three assists while Justin Schultz did it one better with four.
The goalie stats, were, well … (see that Luongo tweet).
Overall, it was a messy, unpredictable, staggering and sometimes controversial game.
Normally, one might say that this is just what you’d expect from a Capitals – Penguins contest. Can anyone really argue they expected this explosion, though?
Do yourself a favor and watch the highlights, as there were so many exciting moments and goals that it’s difficult to summarize them all in one recap. Heck, if you just watch the highlights of the night for Crosby and Malkin, you’re likely to be highly entertained.
Let’s just take a second to step back and rub our eyes in disbelief at this Washington Capitals – Pittsburgh Penguins game, particularly the just-passed second period.
Basically everything is happening.
Evgeni Malkin is now at 21 goals on the season as he generated a hat trick in the middle frame. That third goal will be highly – and understandably – contested thanks to possible goalie interference by Patric Hornqvist.
At his best, Hornqvist is in the thick of things, and that was certainly the case on Monday. Granted, this hit on T.J. Oshie was questionable:
Braden Holtby was chased from the Capitals net after the Penguins reeled off five goals in 8:09, which you can view here:
The Capitals brought a 2-0 lead into the second period and fattened it to 3-0. After that, the Penguins built a 5-3 lead with the flurry from above.
That tie lasted … less than 30 seconds, as Malkin’s third tally made it 6-5 for the Penguins.
There’s a bunch of other stuff that happened, too, probably.
You can watch the rest of the game on NBCSN, online or via the NBC Sports App. Here’s the livestream link.
A national holiday made for some funky start times, at least for a Monday. Perhaps that explains why we enjoyed a pretty hearty helping of goalie gaffes today, then?
Whatever the case may be, if you’re in the mood for a little whimsy, you came to the right place.
Today’s 5-2 win for the San Jose Sharks over the struggling Winnipeg Jets provided a double shot of moments netminders would like to forget, as you can see from the video above.
Finally, the Tampa Bay Lightning can laugh this one off a bit since they ultimately nabbed a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings, but this would be an example fans use when they beg Ben Bishop to handle the puck a little less often:
Hey, at least two out of three goalies eventually got wins out of the deal. Sorry, Hutch.
There’s time for the Pittsburgh Penguins to flip the scrip, but so far on Monday, it looks like the patterns continue to go the Washington Capitals’ way.
The Caps are aiming for a 10th straight win (and Pittsburgh’s fourth consecutive loss) after taking a 2-0 lead through the first period.
The strong play of Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie stands as one of the reasons why Washington has been blazing such an impressive path, and they combined for a really nice goal to give their team that added cushion. Both Oshie’s pass and Backstrom’s goal are impressive in the clip above.
Also, here’s the Andre Burakovsky goal that began the scoring:
And, just for the heck of it: