Weird stats from a weird Penguins-Capitals game

By Joel Norman, Originally written for Sports Heaven

In case you missed it, two teams forgot how to play defense last night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals combined to score nine(!) goals in the second period of the Penguins’ 8-7(!) overtime victory.

When the Penguins and Capitals meet, there is always plenty of malice, but Monday, there were also plenty of goals to add to the hatred.

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Photo by Charles LeClaire / USA TODAY Sports

Washington led 3-0 at one point before Pittsburgh scored five straight goals.

After the Capitals scored consecutive goals, the Penguins scored back-to-back goals, then Pittsburgh allowed two consecutive goals before scoring the overtime winner. Here is a look at some quirky stats from the weirdest game and period of the season.

-Three different players scored multiple goals (3 for Evgeni Malkin, 2 for Conor Sheary, 2 for Lars Eller).

Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin all scored.

-Both teams played without their respective top scoring defenseman. Penguins: Kris Letang (4 goals and 19 assists). Capitals: John Carlson (5 goals and 20 assists).

 

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