Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round Zwei Day Vierzehn

There was one NHL playoff game last night.

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins

Roster activity: Brooks Orpik (suspension) & Olli Maatta (concussion) are both returning to play tonight. Both absences were Orpik’s fault.
Matt Murray is in net for Pittsburgh, in spite of the press questioning the idea, because Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is not an idiot.

First Period:

The yellow peeps note their displeasure the first time Orpik touches the puck. Frankly I’m surprised the boos are not stronger.

Here’s an early observation which I missed:

Six minutes into the game, Phil Kessel slips one past Braden Holtby from near the left point. Holtby and defenseman Karl Alzner have a chance at it but play it wrong. 1-0, Pittsburgh.

A few shifts later, Daniel Winnik took a puck to the neck, and went to the locker room.

A few shifts after that, Pierre notes that Karl Alzner is not on the bench. He would have an injury that limits his playing time.


The Penguins have been playing the stronger game so far – more puck posession, more scoring chances, more hits (24-12), 57% faceoff wins, but shots are fairly even at 11-10. The score is still 1-0 at intermission.

Second Period:

Alzner and Winnik both return to the bench for the second period.

Andre Burakovsky and Carl Hagelin each got some nice chances early in the period, but both goaltenders were making the saves.

Six-and-a-half minutes in, Brooks Orpik clocks Patric Hornqvist in the mouth with his stick and takes a double minor. But he would only have to serve 1:13 of the 4 minutes…

After Phil Kessel scores that power play goal, Olli Maatta makes a shot with a Hagelin tip and scores a second one.

And just like that, it’s 3-0 Penguins.

The Caps would get a couple of power plays this period, and on the second one, Penguin Ian Cole drops his stick, allowing an Alex Ovechkin wraparound pass to connect, resulting in a T.J. Oshie scoring shot. Pitt still leads, 3-1.

Pittsburgh was still the better team 5-on-5, but on the power play they were magnificent. SOG 12-8, faceoffs were still 57%-43% blocked shots were still even, hits were 13-12 Washington. Alzner would not play much in the 2nd period (2 shifts totalling ~67 seconds).

Third Period:

The Caps create some pressure right away with an Andre Burakovsky breakaway, but Matt Murray is up to the challenge.

Then it goes back to the other side of the ice for a while.

A successful penalty kill leads to the Caps speeding up the game, and getting more attacking zone time. That leads to this Justin Williams goal.

Then the Pens commit 3 sequential delay of game penalties resulting in 3 minutes of 5-on-3. (the 3rd probably went over the players bench, not the glass, which isn’t a penalty, but whatever) John Carlson ties the game, 3-3.

The score is 3-3 at the end of regulation.

And this for your viewing …pleasure?


The Penguins bang on Holtby pretty good in OT, and Jay Beagle manages to deflect a goal in flight to much acclaim

Let’s see a close-up view of that:

At 6:32, Kessel, Hagelin and Nick Bonino combine to harrass Holtby and knock a rebound in while he’s prone. This time it counts.

The Penguins win 4-3 in OT, winning the series 4-2.

Pens will have home ice vs Tampa in the Eastern Conference final, which starts up on Friday night.

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because Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is not an idiot.

Everything in my Bruins fan career over the years has told me that this is untrue lol.