This Eastern Conference semifinal between the Caps and the Penguins has lived up to the hype so far. Washington beat Pittsburgh last night, 4-3, as Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin each scored three goals, suggesting that this series should just be settled in a 60-frame shootout, and I really wouldn’t have a problem with that. Crosby’s efforts came from sitting in front of the crease, plunking in rebounds, including a baseball-swing goal in the third that reminded me of this gem from Paul Kariya. Ovechkin’s, conversely, were agile wristers from outside the dots that found their marks in the back of the net.
Sadly, this series may not go the distance, since Washington is already up 2-0. This series heads back to Pittsburgh for Game 3, and if you’re one of the seven people that has Versus, you can actually watch it!