Nicklas Backstrom celebrates with John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
The high-scoring Capitals struck back, thanks in part to one of hockey’s most controversial rules.
The Pittsburgh Penguins appeared on their way to eliminating the Washington Capitals and reaching the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night.
Then the high-scoring Capitals struck back, thanks in part to one of hockey’s most controversial rules.
After falling behind 3-0, Capitals defenseman John Carlson scored 13:01 into the third period on a 5-on-3 power play to tie the game and send it to overtime.
The power-play goal came in the middle of a bizarre two-minute stretch where the Pengunis received three – yes, three – consecutive delay of game penalties for sending the puck over the glass in their own end. On the second 5-on-3, Carlson made them pay.
His goal followed a second period power-play goal by T.J. Oshie, and Justin Williams’ goal early in the third that made it 3-2.
The Penguins took a 3-0 lead thanks to a long power-play stretch of their own. Brooks Orpik received a double minor for high sticking in the second period and the Penguins scored twice to make it 3-0 after just 27 minutes played.