Capitals Capitalize on Flailing Penguins, Win 6-3
Games between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals draw the interest of many fans throughout the NHL. Not just because both teams were predicted as strong Eastern Conference candidates before this season but because collectively the feature a lion’s share of the marquee young talent in the league.
While Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby once seemed to coexist in the NHL’s spotlight well, it now appears that the two dislike each other. That could be due in part to the intensity of the games they play against each other, as well as the presence of Evgeni Malkin, Ovechkin’s former Russian squad teammate. Ovechkin and Malkin are known not to get along.
Those three players hold the top three spots in the league for scoring and didn’t disappoint on Wednesday night. The goal lights kept going off as the Capitals beat the Penguins 6-3.
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Malkin struck first, giving the Penguins an early 1-0 on an assist from Crosby. The first period also saw Crosby briefly leave the game with an injury. Later in the game he would be forced out of action for good following several hard hits, including one by Ovechkin.
Midway through the 2 nd period Alexander Semin tied the score at 2-2. Semin of course is the fourth man in this talented equation. He has publicly questioned the talent of Crosby while displaying his own noteworthy merits and establishing himself as a player to be watched. He may never outshine the lead Alexander on his own team, but combined, Ovechkin and Semin are laying claim to being a better 1-2 punch than Crosby and Malkin.
In the third period, with the score still tied at 2, Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead with a Power Play goal off a rebound from his own initial shot. Less than a minute and a half later Crosby helped the Penguins tie the score once again with an assist. After that however it was all Capitals. Ovechkin put home the game winner, his second of the game; he finished with 2 goals and 1 assist. The Caps then added an additional two tallies, including an empty netter, to win 6-3.
While the Capitals put themselves in the W column against a rival, the Penguins have been in their own, much worse, free fall. They are now losers of 8 of their last 10 games, despite their talented cast of young stars.
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer