The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals played Game 3 Monday night in Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury would start in goal for the Penguins. Braden Holtby would start in goal for the Capitals. Chad Ruhwedel, Scott Wilson, Mark Streit, Carter Rowney, and Matt Murray would be scratches for the Penguins. Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Chandler Stephenson, and Paul Carey would be the scratches for the Capitals.
Matt Niskanen would get called for cross checking at 5:24 of the 1st. Niskanen would get a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. Marcus Johansson would serve the penalty. Evgeni Malkin would get called for closing hand on the puck at 6:33. Carl Hagelin would get called for high sticking at 11:28. Bryan Rust would get called for delay of game at 12:11. Nicklas Backstrom would score on the powerplay at 13:05 to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams would have the assists. The Capitals would have 9 shots to the Penguins 8 in the 1st.
Chris Kunitz would score at 1:05 of the second to tie the game at 1. Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin would get the assists. The goal would get overturned on the coach’s challenge. Brooks Orpik would get called for holding at 6:12. Evgeny Kuznetsov would get called for tripping at 12:09. Evgeny Kuznetsov would get called for holding at 15:17. The Penguins would have 15 shots to the Capitals 11 in the 2nd.
Olli Maatta would get called for cross checking at 2:27 of the third. Chris Kunitz would get called for interference, Tom Wilson would get called for charging, and Evgeni Malkin would get called for boarding at 5:44. Evgeny Kuznetsov would score at 9:46 to make it 2-0. Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams would get the assists. With 3 minutes left the Penguins pulled Marc-Andre Fleury for an extra attacker. Evgeni Malkin would score with the extra attacker at 18:07 to make it 2-1. Phil Kessel would get the lone assist. Justin Schultz would score with the extra attacker at 18:55 to tie the game at 2. Evgeni Malkin would get the lone assist. The Capitals would have 11 shots to the Penguins 6.
Trevor Daley would get called for holding 2:40 into overtime. Kevin Shattenkirk would score unassisted on the powerplay at 3:13 to give the Capitals the 3-2 win. Capitals would have 2 shots in Overtime to the Penguins 1.
The Penguins would go 0 for 5 on the Powerplay and kill 3 of 5 penalties. Marc-Andre Fleury would make 30 saves on 33 shots. Evgeni Malkin and Justin Schultz would have a goal and an assist. Chris Kunitz and Phil Kessel would each have an assist. The Penguins are up 2 games to 1. Game 4 is Wednesday night.