Capitals vs. Penguins Headed Into Overtime: Shorthanded Goal Ties Game

Alan Zlotorzynski@@zlotsportsCorrespondent IIIDecember 24, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 23:  Mark Letestu #10 of the Pittsburgh Penguins runs into Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals  at the Verizon Center on December 23, 2010 in Washington DC. Letestu drew a penalty on the play. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Sidney Crosby drew three capitals to the side of Michael Neuvirth allowing Chris Kunitz to float in and pick up a rebound off of a weird wristed backhanded shot attempt by Crosby. Kunitz picked up the puck and backhanded it past Neuvirth just 17 seconds into the third period, giving Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead.

The Penguins' good fortune would continue as Mathieu Perrault would draw a questionable holding penalty. The call was so questionable that Caps goalie Michael Neuvirth started to the bench as he thought the penalty was going against Pittsburgh.

Play would go back and forth as Pittsburgh would get another man advantage chance when Nicholas Backstrom would get called for a high stick nine minutes and 21 seconds through the third. Washington would kill the man advantage causing Pittsburgh to be 0-4 in the game.

Perrault would draw his second penalty of the period giving the Penguins another power play with just 6:35 remaining in the game. This would be Washington’s third consecutive penalty in the period.

Pittsburgh would get careless on the penalty kill as Alex Gologowski and Kris Letang couldn’t get the back and forth together at the blue line. Mike Knuble deflected a bad pass and deflecting the puck to Brooks Laich. Laich would get the puck back to Knuble in front of Marc-Andre Fleury as Knuble would squirt the puck through the five hole tying the game. The shorthanded goal would be Knuble’s eight of the year.

Pittsburgh would have another 54 seconds of power play time, but would not be able to convert their fifth chance of the evening. Washington continues to outshoot Pittsburgh 30-23.

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