Daily Washington Capitals news and notes
The Pittsburgh Penguins lose valuable ground on the NJ Devils and Buffalo Sabres with a 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh. How the Pens bounce back from this will go a long way in determining their playoff success.
It's time for the NHL's best recent rivalry, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, to renew acquaintances. Everyone sees this as merely a precursor to when the stakes are highest, so let's look at how the two teams stack up against themselves from a season ago.
|- 1, Washington Goal - Alexander Semin (39), from Jeff Schultz at 13:00. Penalties - Alex Ovechkin, Washington (Slashing), 17:05.|
|- 2, Washington Goal - Michael Knuble (28), from Nicklas Backstrom at :42. 3, Pittsburgh Power-Play Goal - Sidney Crosby (48), from Bill Guerin and Sergei Gonchar at 6:21. 4, Washington Goal - Tomas Fleischmann (23), from Alexander Semin and Jeff Schultz at 6:42. 5, Pittsburgh Goal - Jordan Leopold (9), from Sidney Crosby and Alex Goligoski at 9:55. 6, Washington Goal - Matt Bradley (10), from Quintin Laing and David Steckel at 18:00. Penalties - Mike Knuble, Washington (Holding), 5:35; Eric Fehr, Washington (Hooking), 11:18.|
|- 7, Pittsburgh Goal - Jordan Leopold (10), from Pascal Dupuis and Sidney Crosby at :49. 8, Washington Power-Play Goal - Alexander Ovechkin (47), from Nicklas Backstrom at 2:37. 9, Washington Empty Net Goal - Alexander Ovechkin (48), from Nicklas Backstrom at 19:59. Penalties - Bill Guerin, Pittsburgh (Hi-sticking), 2:33; Eric Fehr, Washington (Hi-sticking), 14:26.|