The Pittsburgh Penguins lost Sidney Crosby and the game on Monday as the Caps finally earned their first win of the series.
Here's a recap of the three bold predictions for Game 3.
1. Sidney Crosby will have a multipoint game - Push
Crosby left the game just over five minutes into the game after a hit from Matt Niskanen. Who knows how he would have played over the course of the night, but I am not going to mark this one as wrong when Crosby didn’t even last half a period.
2. There will be a fight - Wrong
This will be the last time I make this prediction in the playoffs. Nobody is willing to drop the gloves in the postseason anymore. That’s just the way it is. There’s bad blood between these two teams even before Crosby was knocked out of the game. Yet, both teams did just about everything they could except fight.
3. Washington will outshoot Pittsburgh in the first period by at least 2-to-1 - Wrong
Despite the team meeting and despite the Penguins being without Crosby, Washington led the shots on goal margin just 9-8 after the first 20 minutes. A five-minute major to Niskanen didn’t help.
2017 Results: The loss of Crosby changed the trajectory of the game and my predictions went out the window.
MORE CAPITALS: Niskanen addresses hit that knocked Crosby out of the game