Capitals get shutout by Penguins in NHL 20 simulation

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The Washington Capitals not only failed to close out the second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they got crushed by them.

The Washington Capitals suffered a 7-0 defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Capital One Arena that may have put many fans to sleep. If they did, they missed nothing. Sidney Crosby also had a hat trick so there’s that.

The Capitals found themselves in a 2-0 hole after the first 20 minutes against a desperate Penguins team determined to keep their season alive.

At 8:29 the Penguins got a power play opportunity when Tom Wilson went to the box for a hooking minor. They got a goal at 9:20 on the power play attack from none other than Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin had the assist.

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At 18:49 the Penguins doubled their lead with a goal from Zach Aston-Reese. 2-0 was the score after 20 with the Penguins outshooting the Caps 14-4.

Things went from bad to worse in the second quarter as the Penguins erupted for four goals. The one good thing was T.J. Oshie as able to beat up Brian Dumoulin in a fight.

At 6:23 Patric Hornqvist added to the lead to make it 3-0. Then a player on the Caps who we shall not mention since they just terminated his contract committed a hooking minor to go to the sin bin. He should head to the parking garage too maybe?

Crosby made them pay with his second goal of the game at 11:01. 15 seconds later the Penguins were back on the power play with Lars Eller getting called for hooking. Crosby completed the hat trick at 13:05. Malkin added to the lead at 14:19.

6-0 Penguins was the score after two periods. The Penguins outshot the Caps 17-10 in the second period and had the edge in shots 31-14 overall.

The Penguins added the extra point in the third at 10:51 with a goal from Jared McCann. The Caps outshot the Penguins 12-10 in the third period but were outshot 41-26 overall. Braden Holtby‘s night ended after the second period as Ilya Samsonov came on for the third.

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Can the Caps bounce back in Game 6? Check back tomorrow to find out.