Pens down Caps for first win of the season

In Pittsburgh, the Penguins were looking to break through for their first win of the season; they lost they’re first two games in Philadelphia.

Casey DeSmith stepped up and made 19 saves as the Pens downed the Washington Capitals, 4-3, after penalty shots.

“The only thing I was focused on was getting a win,” DeSmith said. “First period they got two on me. Was glad I could battle back.”

Evan Rodrigues, gave the Pens a 1-0 first period lead, but Nic Dowd tied it up for the Caps.

“I don’t think we had the start we wanted, something we need to address,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said. “I loved the response of our team. I thought our guys played hard in the second and third against a really good team. … We need to have that sort of effort but also playing with a sense of purpose and I thought we did that in the second and the third.”

Alex Ovechkin potted his first of the season in the loss, his goal gave the Caps a 2-1 lead.

“It’s the third game, you know, after months of time off without hockey,” Ovechkin said. “It’s the third game and we played against a really good team. … Have to kind of wake up and know exactly what you have to do.”

Nicklas Backstrom .scored a on a 4-on-3 power play to give the Caps a 3-2 lead after Colton Sceviour had tied the game at 2-2 for the Pens in the middle frame.

“I think we did a good job in the first period,” Dowd said. “Developed our forecheck really good. I think that’s going to be a big key to our game, no matter who we play. But I thought we did a poor job in the second. We just threw a lot of pucks away.”

Marcus Pettersson forced extra time when he got the Pens, again, just past the midway point of the third period.

Nicklas Backstrom, had give the Caps another one-goal earlier in the third at 3-2.

Jake Guentzel was creditied with the deciding goal in the skills competition, he was the only goal scorer in the session.

“I think you kind of watch the shooter before,” Guentzel said of his shootout goal. “I’m sure each player has their go-to moves and a couple of options. I kind of figured I would do that one watching [the shootout] early.”

Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves in the loss for the Caps.

“I liked the first period. I liked the way we started,” Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette said. “The third period was competitive. The second period, I wasn’t real happy with. There’s things that we’re doing with the puck that aren’t going to lead to us being and staying in the offensive zone. That has to get cleaned up.