Reporting Sky Kerstein
The Caps win their fourth in a row against Pittsburgh and go to 11-0-2 in their last 13 regular season games vs. the Pens as they win 3-2 in overtime in Pittsburgh. The Capitals are 3-0-0 on the season, but it hasn’t been easy, as they’ve gone to overtime in all three of their regular season games for the first time in franchise history.
The Capitals had one power play the entire night…the good news is that it was 2:04 into overtime when Jordan Staal tripped Ovechkin and the Caps took full advantage of the opportunity. Dennis Wideman knocked in his second goal of the season 44 seconds later on a nice 2 on 1 pass from Nicklas Backstrom to clinch it for the Capitals. Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble each got their first goals of the seasons, Ovechkin’s goal came on a nice tip set up by Mike Green.
Tomas Vokoun had a great bounce back game stopping 39 of 41 shots, including 19 of 20 in the third period and overtime. The Caps penalty kill stopped 4 of 5 of the Penguins power plays.
In total the Caps were out shot 41-19, Alex Ovechkin led the Caps with three shots on goal. Ovechkin also led the team with six hits. Roman Hamrlik led the Caps with seven blocked shots, John Carlson was right behind him with six blocked shots.
Defenseman Dennis Wideman led the Capitals in ice time at 22 minutes even, Mike Green was at 21:52, Jeff Schultz 21:46 and Roman Hamrlik at 21:07.
On faceoffs, Jeff Halpen was 6 of 8, Nicklas Backstrom was 3 of 12, Brooks Laich 7 of 16, Matt Hendricks 1 of 3 , Joel Ward was 2 for 2 and Marcus Johansson was 4 of 7. In all the Caps were 23 of 49 in the circle.
Caps forward Jay Beagle fought Pittsburgh tough guy Aaron Asham and was knocked pretty hard to the ground. Beagle left and didn’t return. Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau said there was no update on his condition, they’ll know more in the next day or two.
The Capitals head right back home after their quick one game road trip and will host the Ottawa Senators Saturday at Verizon Center.