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Recap: Banner night for the Caps -- Pens lose 7-1

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The Penguins easily played their worst game of the year as nothing was going right for them in their 7-1 loss to the Washington Capitals tonight.

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After getting roasted on the internet during the day, the Caps returned the favor on the ice.

1st period

Washington opens the scoring on a shorthanded goal by TJ Oshie after Evgeni Malkin misplayed the puck to Kris Letang which led to a breakaway opportunity for Jay Beagle.

The Capitals scored another goal and this one was by Nicklas Backstrom as he beat Matt Murray glove side.

With only seconds remaining in the first period, TJ Oshie scored his second goal of the game after Marc-Andre Fleury had to come into the game for relief of Matt Murray.

The shots were 16-12 at the first intermission.

2nd Period:

Dmitry Orlov scores his first goal of the year after a pretty pass from Marcus Johannson.

3rd Period:

Things just got worse for the Penguins as Justin Williams scored on a Capitals 5 on 3 power play to make it 5-0. The Capitals made it 6-0 a little over halfway through the third period as Alex Ovechkin beat Marc-Andre Fleury on a breakaway.

Phil Kessel decided to join the scoring and breaks Braden Holtby's shutout with his fourth goal of the season to make it 6-1 Capitals.

But....

It only took a few seconds for Nicklas Backstrom to add on the extra point as the Capitals make it 7-1 late in the third period.

Thoughts:

This was by far the worst game of the season for Evgeni Malkin. He had the turnover at the blue line in the first period that led to the Capitals first goal and he accidently whacked Matt Murray in the face with his stick when he was wrestling with Karl Alzner. Malkin also had a goal taken back as he kicked the puck in with his skate.

There really is no reason to play Tom Sestito anymore. It's ridiculous that he keeps getting into the lineup as he does nothing good to contribute to this team. It'll be interesting to see if the Penguins decide to send him down after this game as he did nothing.

For some reason, the Capitals were allowed to harass Patric Hornqvist all night long as Tom Wilson broke his entire stick on him and didn't even get a penalty called.

Hopefully this was a big wakeup call for the Penguins as they have a set of back-to-back games this weekend when they travel to play the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders.