— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 2, 2017
As if the Washington Capitals have not disappointed fans throughout its 33-year existence. They may have found another unique way to do so. The capitals enjoyed a 2-0 lead in the waning moments. The tide of the game was on their side. The tide of the series also threatening to change with Sidney Crosby injured after a devastating hit by Matt Niskanen.
Washington was roughly two minutes away from stealing Game 3 from the Penguins in Pittsburgh to cut their series deficit to 2-1. That is until the Penguins, like the champions they are, powered through and erased a two-goal deficit in a mere 48 seconds.
Evgeni Malkin fired a one-timer past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. The incredible shot came with 1:53 remaining in the game. Less than a minute later Justin Schultz tapped the puck past Holtby in front of the crease to tie the game with 1:05 remaining. The goal ignited the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and sent the game into overtime. Meanwhile, for depressed Capitals fans, who have endured so much heartbreak it was another chapter to disbelief.
Schultz fires from the point. Hits Oshie's stick and goes in with 1:05 to go. Two goals with the goalie pulled. Wow.
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) May 2, 2017
— Rob Carlin (@RobCarlinCSN) May 2, 2017
— Brian Mitchell (@BMitchLiveCSN) May 2, 2017
I can't believe it and you can't either, but the Capitals gave up two goals in the last two minutes of regulation and we are going to OT.
— Nora Princiotti (@NoraPrinciotti) May 2, 2017
— CSN Capitals (@CSNCapitals) May 2, 2017
— Julie Donaldson (@jdonaldsonCSN) May 2, 2017