Capitals: T.J. Oshie’s overtime goal evens series vs. PIT in NHL 20

T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

It was a scary and stressful Game 2 as it went into overtime with the Washington Capitals unable to afford another loss on home ice.

After a tough loss in Game 1, the Washington Capitals came through this time in our NHL 20 simulation today against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 3-2 win in overtime thanks to T.J. Oshie.

The first period was rather clean with the Caps outshooting the Penguins 7-4. At 15:25, Alex Ovechkin got the puck in his office, brought it around and scored to put the Caps up 1-0.

It was Ovechkin’s fourth goal of the playoffs. T.J. Oshie and Radko Gudas had the helpers. 1-0 was the score after one.

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The Penguins struck for two goals in the second period to snatch the momentum right back. They did this despite being outshot 13-6 in the second frame and 20-10 overall to that point through two periods.

Nick Bjugstat tied the game at 11:40 with a shot right in front of the net. Later in the period, the Penguins took the lead at 18:23 with a goal from Bryan Rust on a sharp angle from the side. 2-1 Pittsburgh was the score through two periods.

In the third, the Capitals evened the score thanks to a former Penguin coming up big. Carl Hagelin struck at 11:13 for his second goal of the playoffs. Michal Kempny and Nick Jensen had the assists. Hagelin was able to skate around a defender and put it past Matt Murray.

The Caps outshot the Penguins 9-8 in the third period and 29-18 overall. The score was deadlocked at two heading into overtime.

There was no penalties in this game until the overtime session when Patric Hornqvist was called for a hooking minor at 3:10. Despite this, the Caps were unable to score on the ensuing power play.

T.J. Oshie broke the tie at 18:22 with a backhanded goal right in front of the net. Ovechkin and Kempny had the helpers. Oshie’s goal was his third of the playoffs and helped send the fans home happy and shift the series back to Pittsburgh even at a game apiece.

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Can the Caps continue their momentum and steal a win in Pittsburgh to go up in the series? Check back here tomorrow to find out.