It wasn’t a normal game yesterday between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. In fact, it was far from it as both teams combined for 15 goals in a thrilling 8-7 overtime victory for the Penguins.
The day started with the Washington Capitals riding a nine-game winning streak. The Penguins are no slouch, though, entering the night with an 18-2-2 home record.
The game started as any might, with the Capitals charging out to a 2-0 lead during the first period. They added a third goal just over a minute into the second period, and then things started to get crazy. The Penguins rebounded with five straight goals, in less than ten minutes, to take a 5-3 lead.
In the next two and a half minutes, the Capitals would tally two of their own to tie the game. Evgeni Malkin would require less than 30 seconds after the tying goal to give his team the lead again. Malkin’s goal was the third of the period and 21st of the season. It also marked the sixth goal of the period for the Penguins.
Entering the third period, many wondered how much crazier the game could get. Two Eastern Conference powerhouses were both on the top of their offensive games on the same night. Then the goals continued. Another one for Pittsburgh, followed by two more from Washington to tie the game 7-7.
It would only be fitting that a game with this much scoring would go into overtime. And, of course, the winning goal was scored in overtime as well. It didn’t take much time, either. In fact, Conor Sheary’s game winning goal was scored only 34 seconds into the overtime period. It was his 13th goal of the season.
So after an incredible 15 goal effort between the two teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins came out on top. For those that missed the game, here are all 15 goals in a fitting 87 seconds.