Capitals fall to Penguins, 4-3

With a wrist shot by rookie defenseman Olli Maatta late in the third quarter, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 4-3.

The Capitals started the game off well, ending the first period leading by one. Brooks Laich scored the first goal of the game with a short-handed goal due to a broken play by Kris Letang. The assist went to Karl Alzner.

When the second period started, it was a back-and-forth game from there. Kris Letang made up for his earlier mistake by scoring at the 9:53 mark with a wrist shot. Jason Chimera redirected a pass at the front of the net from Marcus Johansson at the 14:31 mark to give the Capitals the lead, but only two minutes later Taylor Pratt later tied the game at two.

Capitals fans had their hopes up in winning the game when Alex Ovechkin scored his 34th goal of the season in the eighth minute of the third quarter during a four-on-four power play. However, the Penguins rallied up the game again when Jussi Jokinen scored at 11:35.

Olli Maatta later scored the game-winning goal with only a minute and 54 seconds left in the period.

It was the Penguins' 13th straight win at Consol Energy Center, which breaks the record for the most home wins in a row.

The Washington Capitals are currently on a three-game losing streak, but will have a chance to break the run on January 17th when they face off the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 PM.

Back to the Washington Capitals Newsfeed