The Washington Capitals took on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night in an Eastern Conference match-up in the National Hockey League.
The Penguins were on a three-game losing streak and the Caps hadn’t conceded a goal in three games, winning nine matches in a row before Monday night.
Washington went into a 3-0 lead and looked to be cruising – before things got crazy that is.
There were nine, yes nine, goals in the second period, including five in a row for the Penguins, who eventually won 8-7 in overtime.
One of the best aspects of US sports are the lack of draws. With this crazy game ending 7-7 after 60 minutes, to finish a classic in a tie would have been an anticlimax.
The NHL is one of the more underappreciated sports leagues out there but this match showed the sheer unpredictable nature of the sport.
Both these sides look set to make the play-offs so one could do worse than tuning into the league as the post-season approaches.
While this was a great game for spectators, if wasn’t a good day for goalkeepers, as both sides struggled in this department.
The Capitals are top of the Metropolitan Division on 64 points, with the Penguins five points behind in third, but, more importantly, are fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.
Like in basketball, there are a lot of games in the NHL regular season (82), but despite there being a lot of hockey left to play, both these sides should make the post-season.
Joel Slattery, Pundit Arena
hat tip: Deadspin