Capitals vs Penguins Live Analysis & Live Updates (March 25, 2023)

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The Washington Capitals have another “big” game as they try to avoid being officially eliminated from the playoffs. Tonight, the Capitals take on rival Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena. A loss would practically end Washington’s hunt.

Pittsburgh currently sits in second place with 80 points in the standings. The Capitals, who sit 11th in the Eastern Conference, trail the Penguins by four with 10 games remaining. The Capitals will also have to leapfrog Florida (79 ranking points) and Buffalo (76 ranking points) and continue to stay ahead of the Ottawa Senators (75 ranking points).

Tonight’s game is available on ABC and ESPN+. A puck drop shortly after 8 p.m.


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The first period

Ovechkin-Strome-Wilson and Fehervary-Carlson go first. Darcy Comber will oppose Casey Desmith in the net.

Both teams came out strong in the opening bouts.

Nicholas Op-Copil takes the first penalty of the match for his catch.

TJ Oshie to the box for high stickiness. These are consecutive penalties for capitals.

Capitals cancel both penalties.

Chris Letang goes into the box for fouling Alex Ovechkin. The hats get their first power play.

The first period ends how it started 0-0. The Penguins edged the Capitals 13-9. The Penguins outscored the Capitals 17-10 in 5v5. They have an expected goals advantage of 1.75 to 1.12.

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The second period

Casey DeSmith goes full split to stop John Carlson in a wide open two-on-one match.

🚨 1-0 Penguins. Ryan Poehling zoomed in by Rasmus Sandin and lifted the ball over Darcy Kuemper into the top of the net. The goal came 10:10 into the period.

🚨 2-0 Penguins. Chad Rohedl scores two goals to one. This is his first goal this season. The Penguins have two goals at 2:07.

A real feud between Rasmus Sandin and Josh Archibald. Archibald won the fight handily. Sandin was trying to turn the game around.

Alex Ovechkin was stopped on the breakaway by DeSmith’s outstretched pad.

The Capitals get four shots in the final seconds as Martin Fairfare and Conor Cherry go down in a two-on-one shot with the Penguins the only defensemen showing up. DeSmith stopped every shot, incredibly, to keep the Penguins up 2-0 at the buzzer.

The Penguins lead in shots on goal, 29-23. The Penguins lead in 5v5 shot attempts 35-33. The Penguins lead in expected goals 3.00 to 2.54.


Third round

🚨 3-0 Penguins. Tom Wilson attempted a running back pass to John Carlson, but the puck jumped over Carly’s stick, sending Jake Guentzel into a breakaway.

Jason Zucker and Martin Vehervary both made it to the locker room after hitting the end boards hard. Fehervary dove to break up an opportunity for Zucker, clearing both and slumping into the boards.

🚨 3-1 Penguins. Capitals on the board. Chris Letang turns it over to Evgeny Kuznetsov, who finds Tom Wilson in front of the network to take advantage of.

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🚨 3-2 penguins. Alex Ovechkin scores on the power play. It is his 822nd career goal.

🚨 3-3 tie. Dylan Strom connects after finding his rebound after skating around the net.

🚨 4-3 penguins. Evgeni Malkin scores on a breakaway after a terrible spin by Anthony Mantha.


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