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Discuss: Penguins crush Capitals on NHL on NBCSN

Nov 20, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

This wasn’t even close.

In a battle for top spot in the Metropolitan Division, the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing on the road, dominated the host Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. The Penguins scored early and often enough to make this a blowout, defeating the Capitals 4-0 to take Rivalry Night on the NHL on NBCSN.

Let’s discuss:

  • The subplot of Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin, much like the main event, was largely one-sided. Crosby finished with two points. Ovechkin was held off the score sheet.
  • The Capitals came into this game trailing the Penguins by one point in the Metropolitan Division. They now trail by three points.
  • This was actually a home game for the Capitals. Hard to tell by their performance. Washington finished with 18 shots on goal. Needing some kind of push in the third period, the Capitals tested Marc-Andre Fleury a whopping four times.
  • By the way, this Crosby goal was something else. Precision passing, solid finish.
  • No Mike Green for the Capitals. Not sure he would’ve made the difference, but a talking point nonetheless.
  • Fleury continues to play like he has something to prove. Not just for the Penguins, after back-to-back years of playoff disasters, but for his hopes of making the Canadian Olympic hockey team. Picked up win No. 13 of the season. Has to be in the discussion at this point.

  1. steelcity333 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Great performance all around. Pens have now put together 5 straight great periods together.

  2. bencia823 - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Huge game for Crosby (going head to head with his stiffest competition for the Hart trophy) and Fleury (going head to head against a goalie who surprisingly got a camp invite for Team Canada instead of him).

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Great game by us tonight. The Pens just continue their dominance in the series head to head again. Crosbys goal was pretty nice. LETS GO PENS!!!

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:56 AM

      Maybe Ove should stop worrying about Malkin relaxing

  4. sjsharks66 - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    I thought the Caps played a solid period and a half. Took to many penalties though, threw off their momentum. The score really does not tell the whole story of the game. Both teams played hard, solid hockey.

    • c9castine - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      truth is in the numbers in this one. if it was 4-0 and the caps got 25 shot on goal and the pens were working harder for their goals then ok. Pens worked the caps over . it happens sometimes.

  5. ludacrish05 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Shots were not 25… We can’t even get pass 20 shots

  6. patthehockeyfan - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    (disclosure: I posted a comment similar to this on another thread.)

    Congrats to the Pens.

    I thought Holtby had an off night. After the second goal, I thought he should be pulled. He was letting goals in that he normally stops.

    On another note, the NHL Network’s post-game remarks were nearly apoplectic, as in, “How DARE the Caps not live up to our hyping Rivalry Wednesday?!?!?!?!”

    Take a breath, guys (and girl). It’s one regular season game. Not the playoffs, and the Caps weren’t just eliminated. Sheesh!

    And, please stop with hyping the outdoor games coming up in January. I know the NHL is trying to sell tickets, and from what I’ve read, the games should be sellouts. But, enough of asking every player in the post-game arena cam interview about it. Next, you’ll be asking a Panthers’ player about it, wondering out loud, and asking him if he thinks an outdoor game will be coming to Florida some day. Please! Enough of the hype!!

  7. stevefromsacto - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    When the Caps were 1-4, so-called “fans” were demanding that the GM and coach get fired and half the team get shipped to Hershey.

    When the Caps went on a winning streak, many of these same “fans” were awarding them the Cup.

    Last night brought a dose of reality. But one game does not a season make. The Caps aren’t as bad as they looked last night, but neither are they as good as they looked the past two weeks. And if Pens fans think that the next match ups against the Caps will be as easy as last night’s, they too are in for a rude awakening.

    • c9castine - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      well i got news for you man the Pens don’t measure themselves against the Caps. i know the team and the fans in DC are all talking about the next time we play but this was just another game for us, with a little added fun.

  8. steelers88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Great win last night. It looks like hopefully the Penguins are coming out their slump. I really like the way Malkin has played in these past 2 games I can feel a goal coming from him very soon. I also love how the Penguins defense is playing. Jaques Martin might be the biggest pickup for the Penguins in the offseason.

  9. c9castine - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    gotta be honest pretty disappointed in the Washington fan base. Pens fans regularly crash the party down there to the point where they stopped selling tickets to our area code, and there is certainly no representation on PHT. I know thats not a proper measuring stick but at least flyers fans show up to the fight. islanders get more representation than capitals.

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