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The Capitals turned in one of their best performances of the season on Friday to down the rival Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. Here's how they did it.

Kris Letang lost his mind in the 2nd period

Rarely do you see a player called for two penalties on the same shift unless it is a double-minor for high-sticking. That was not the case for Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang. Letang committed two separate penalties on the same shift earning him a four-minute trip to the penalty box. First he caught T.J. Oshie up high with a cross-check which drew the initial penalty. He then decided to go for broke and continued cross-checking Oshie so the referee booked him again. Washington would not cash in on the first penalty, but Oshie (fittingly) scored what would be the game-winning goal at the end of the second.

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Shots and traffic

Coming into Friday’s game, the Caps had been outshot in 11 of their 16 games. That was not the case Friday as Washington held the 31-28 shooting edge. At first, that didn’t mean much as those shots were from long-distance with little traffic in front of Penguins goalie Matt Murray. As the game went along, however, Washington started to get bodies in front and it took its toll. Both of the Caps’ first two goals ended up looking very similar as they both were generated from a long-range shot by John Carlson with Oshie in front attempting to deflect. Carlson got the first goal as the shot deflected off of Penguins forward Greg McKegg. The second goal Oshie was able to get a piece of to deflect it past Murray.

 

Special teams

Friday’s game was a penalty-filled affair. One team took advantage, the other did not. The Caps scored two power play goals on six opportunities on the night. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, was not able to score on any of their four man-advantages they had in the game.

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Braden Holtby

They say your goalie has to be your best penalty killer and Holtby certainly was. He was tremendous all night long. The Penguins generated a lot of high-quality scoring chances, but Holtby was up to the task with strong saves and barely any rebounds to speak of. The only goal that did beat him was an unlucky deflection off of Dmitry Orlov, but he stopped the rest of the 28 shots he faced.