The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins played the most entertaining NHL game in a while Monday night at PPG Paints Arena.

And we’re just talking about the second period.

The Capitals took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, then scored the opening goal of the second period to take a comfortable 3-0 lead.

And that’s when the craziness began.

The score was 6-5 Penguins when the period ended. The teams combined for nine goals scored, highlighted by Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin completing a hat trick in the period and the Pens scoring five unanswered tallies.

Here’s a recap of the scoring, per ESPN.


This amazing assist by Sidney Crosby for a Penguins goal was the best play of the period.

Defense was optional, but fans probably didn’t mind. This is the type of game that showcases the speed and skill of today’s players.

Thumbnail photo via Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Jan 16, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65) scores a goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports