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The Washington Capitals knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC this evening.

Photo: The Canadian Press

The Caps were down a goal heading into the 3rd period. No worries, they’ve been there before and come through. But when there was no twine-denting in overtime, I did get a little concerned.

Along comes the shootout. I don’t know the numbers, but I feel this tiebreaker doesn’t seem to be the Caps best friend, especially Alexander Ovechkin.

Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead in the shootout (with Nicklas Backstrom denied for Washington) and I wanted to vomit. And then 8 came through and the red glow in the building went up a notch.

Now it was up to Jose Theodore, who has been amazing this year, and especially of late (no matter how much I have bashed his play in the past). 60 comes through, thwarting Bill Guerin.

Alexander Semin’s turn. Having already scored a short-handed goal earlier in the game, 28 comes through on a sick backhand.

Theodore comes through again turning aside Chris Kunitz (who makes me think of an Ugnaught from Star Wars every time I see him) and the crowd is buzzing.

Then Bruce Boudreau plays a wild card – and the 0-4 lifetime in shootouts Mike Knuble steps up. And 22, who started the scoring for the night, comes through.

Caps win in dramatic fashion. Good night and hello 17-point lead in the Eastern Conference.