Kevin Shattenkirk overtime hero in Game 3

Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first goal of the postseason at 3:13 of the first overtime period to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 triumph over the Penguins in Game 3 in Pittsburgh Monday night.

Everyone involved in the sport of hockey expected more out of Shattenkirk When the Washington capitals made the biggest signing on deadline day when they acquired the talented blueliner. Shattenkirk has played nowhere near his ability since becoming a member of the Washington Capitals. However, all that is forgotten now, as it was Shattenkirk who scored the biggest goal of the Capitals season.

The Washington Capitals held a closed-door meeting that seemed to spark many of the top players in this game.

Assisting on Shattenkirk’s goal were Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, the same two Washington forwards who scored the team’s first two goals. Backstrom opened the scoring on a power-play goal at 13:05 of the first period. Kuznetsov made it 2-0 on a goal at 9:46 of the third period.

For whatever reason, Washington just can’t make it easy for their fans when it comes to playoff hockey. In the final moments of the game Pittsburgh tied the contest after Washington seemingly played a perfect game.

It’ll be interesting to see how this series changes complexion now that it is that 2-1 In a best-of-seven series.

Especially given The fact that an injury to Sidney Crosby has now overshadowed the play of the series.

Pete Blackburn And I share the same opinion on this matter… The NHL got the Crosby-Niskanen incident right, and that should be the end of it.

Up for debate is the intent behind the play. On replay and in slow motion, Niskanen’s check looks brutal. He sees Crosby coming and lays the shaft of his stick right to the side of Crosby’s face. It was an irresponsible and illegal play, there’s no doubt about that.

In real time, though, it looks more reactionary than anything. After taking a high stick and skate-on-skate collision from Alex Ovechkin (which went unpenalized) while driving to the net, Crosby was knocked off balance and was falling towards Niskanen when the cross check happened. It looked like Niskanen may have just reflexively braced for impact.

Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion and he won’t play in Game 4 Wednesday night.

The Washington Capitals showed incredible composer to win Game 3 given the circumstances. We will have to wait and see if they can handle the heat of Game 4 after knocking out Crosby.