The Washington Capitals had the lead heading into the third period of play, until some unforced errors left them on the end of a 5-4 loss to their divisional rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins in NHL action on Tuesday.
To lead the way for the Penguins was Sidney Crosby, who scored at the 1:08 mark of overtime that was able to cap off the victory. Pittsburgh came back from two goals twice.
Washington just has been unable to hold the lead against their division rivals in the contest on Tuesday and on Sunday.
The Capitals were able to get off to a strong start from the opening puck. Washington was able to dominate the play early and had spent a ton of positive time attacking the Pittsburgh cage.
Helping to open the scoring for Washington was Lars Eller, who beat the Pittsburgh goalie for a 1-0 lead at 4:55 in the first. Pittsburgh was able to respond quickly thanks to Colton Sceviour, who picked up on a rebounded shot to tie things up at the 16:52 mark.
Washington was quick to respond, when captain Alex Ovechkin got to a loose puck, and was able to set-up Tom Wilson who connected on a high shot goal. Less than a half a minute left in the first, Wilson was able to find the back of the cage again, driving into the net and scoring to make the lead 3-1 with 19:43 of the first.
Pittsburgh then awoken during the second period, as a 5-on-3 goal to Jake Guentzel at 5:45, to go along with a 3-on-5 shorty by Teddy Blueger started to get the Penguins offensive swing going. Evgeni Malkin hit a blast at the 17:15 mark.
These two teams played extremely hard and needed the overtime period to determine a winner, and it was the Penguins that were able to find the game-winner.
Now Washington will get some time off before they host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
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