- The Pens are back in the playoffs (if the season were to end today) in a three-way tie for the sixth spot.
- With today's win, the Pens control their own destiny in the playoff race. That's a really important piece of info - there is no longer a need for other teams to lose in order for the Pens to make the playoffs. They have things entirely in their own hands.
- On the Caps broadcast, they call Ovechkin "The Great Eight", which sounds like "The Great Ape".
Pretty striking likeness, no?
The game itself was a high intensity classic. The Pens built a 3-1 lead after two and squandered it (sound familiar?) If this were a playoff game, I'm not sure the visitors would have prevailed. Fortunately for us, this was decided by the shootout. Sid personally bested O-Face by scoring in the shootout. Alex couldn't score on his chance when his team needed him.
Other than a few brief breakdowns, the Pens played a solid road game. The Caps opened the third with two goals in the first 80 seconds, but things settled down a bit after that. The Caps were never able to take the lead, and that's a credit to the Pens ability to right the ship after things went wrong early in the third. Once they reached the 5:00 mark of the third, it was more about making sure you earn a point.
Just to show their luck lately, the Pens earned two.
Next up: The Panthers come to the Igloo for a huge showdown on Tuesday