Crazy Stats From the Capitals and Penguins Match-up
After another hole the Pittsburgh Penguins put themselves in, I decided to turn the game off. They were trailing 3-0 in the 2nd period and ended up winning 9-8.
I was never a fan of high scoring games, however, since last season my mind has been changing. The way NHL teams play defense is quite annoying now. There does not seem to be any strategy, it’s basically a dump the puck, change and continue the process until the opposing team makes a mistake. Not fun. Only fun when a few players play that way, like Wayne Gretzky in his era.
The Penguins and Capitals were the first two teams since 2011 scoring at least 15 goals in a single game. In 2011 the Winnipeg Jets won 9-8 over the Philadelphia Flyers. I remember that game like it was yesterday actually.
What’s more impressive? And a stat that seems nearly impossible?
In 1980 the Hartford Whalers trailed 5-1 to the Montreal Canadiens, before tying the game at 5 apiece, scoring in overtime and ending the Canadiens 9 game winning streak. Since then only the Penguins were able to match that milestone just last night. How is such a milestone like this even possible?
Evgeni Malkin netted his 11th hat trick of his career. I guess he really wanted to out play Alexander Ovechkin. Pittsburgh has now won 6 consecutive games at home and leads the NHL in points. This historic win should get the confidence back in the Penguins locker room, on the road. However, they will most likely continue to be money line favorites. But, you have to take what you can in today’s NHL.
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