The third period sequence that included the Penguins killing off four minutes of Matt Cooke penalties followed just nine seconds later by Matt Niskanen's go ahead goal will likely stay in fans' memories for quite some time, and could be one of those moments that help define a season.
The Pens held on for the 2-1 win, their 10th straight and fourth in a row against the Caps.
They're doing it without Evgeni Malkin.
And now without Kris Letang.
They're getting goals from guys not named Crosby, Kunitz or Neal.
And playing sound defense with solid goaltending.
In other words, the rest of the Eastern Conference could be in big trouble.
Crosby, Vitale and Vokoun played big parts but it took a total team effort to overcome the absence of Geno and Tanger, who went out late in the first causing the remaining five defensemen to really pick up the slack, including Paul Martin's 30+ minutes.
Check out photos from the game plus some postgame sock pics after the jump.
Many have wondered how James Neal has been so good at terminating goaltenders these past two seasons. The above photo, taken Friday night, may provide some of the first evidence of what has long been suspected among fans. The high-scoring Pens winger appears to be, in fact, part man, part machine. Outside, living human tissue - flesh, skin, great hair. Underneath, a hyperalloy combat chassis - micro processor-controlled, fully armored. Very tough.
Anyway, PensKnittngLady was otherwise engaged Friday evening so I went with a buddy of mine to Century III Mall in West Mifflin to get some stuff signed by the cybernetic organism and teammates Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis and Simon Despres.
Check out all of the photos from the signing after the jump: