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Penguins take seventh in a row against Capitals

Mar 10, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals for a seventh straight time on Monday, nabbing a 3-2 win tonight.

You could argue that the Capitals “deserved” this one, especially judging by a dominant second period performance in which Washington generated a 17-6 shot advantage. Scoring in that middle frame ended up tied 1-1, however, and the third period went scoreless.

It’s unfair to lay this all at the feet of Alex Ovechkin, yet Sidney Crosby did indeed shine. He was involved in all three of the Penguins’ goals as he collected a three-point night.

  1. lowenni - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Agh. Caps really needed these two points, and our playoff hopes are looking rather bleak. Still, we definitely stuck with a great team in Pittsburgh and looked pretty good. Kuznetsov didn’t play much but I can already tell he’s gonna be special. Seemed like he adapted to the small ice pretty quickly. Fun game to watch, really fast paced, and credit to the Pens.

    • dcfan4life - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      A lot more fun when the dominating team wins. Being deflated with such a performance i dont see us winning tomorrow night either…

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      “Seemed like he adapted to the small ice pretty quickly.”

      In the presser with Kuznetsov last week (or weekend), he was asked about his adapting to a smaller rink. He replied that it would take about a minute or two to adapt.

      I like this guy. He’s confident in his abilities; yet, not obnoxious about it. Seems pretty grounded.

      Good game by the Pens – and by the Caps, who sadly came up short.

  2. ovechcant - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Caps “stars” really shined on the big stage tonight. Ovi, Green and Backstrom are irrelevant 5-5.

    • c9castine - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Green was brutal starting with the first goal the pens scored

    • lowenni - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Green is a shadow of what he once was. Last season I thought he was finally back, but he’s been god awful this season. His defense may be worse than ever, but he isn’t scoring to make up for it. His confidence is just totally shot. I was at the Caps-Yotes game on Saturday and Caps fans were booing him when his name was announced for the opening lineup. Sucks, he was such an electrifying player in his prime. He may still come back, who knows.

      • dcfan4life - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        I said when he was a star, trade him, his defense sucks and that offense wont continue. They didn’t. I said when he had a down year, trade him, he has value and can get something in return, they didn’t. I said when he had a solid year last year, trade him, his stock rose a bit and the promise of the talent seen before could be enticing to a new team, they didnt. And i said this year, trade him, hes worthless and yet gets way too much ice time, killing us sometimes single handily, and they didn’t. And now we all pay the price yet again. Thanks George Mcphee…

      • joey4id - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM

        When he was in his prime? The kid is only 28. If 28 is not in his prime, then what is? Especially for a d man.

  3. c9castine - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Caps played good they don’t seem to be able to pounce on teams. Had us running for a couple minutes her and there but never took advantage of the momentum.

    Top line with stempniak is coming along and produced 7 points tonight that was the difference

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Unless they’re on the powerplay I really don’t notice Ovechkin. Yeah occasionally hell lay a big hit or two but after that he’s non existent. Crosby on the other hand is noticeable all the time just about. Sid had one of his best games of the season tonight. His tackle of Dustin Penner was more effective than what that fat bum LaMarr Woodley was to the Steelers over the past couple seasons. Pens got outplayed in the second but even still they got the winning goal and played better in the second. Stempniak looks pretty good on Sid line. Finally prayers out to Peverley, scary stuff.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Meant played better in Third not Second.

    • hockey412 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      I think the Pens were on Ovi like a blanket all night – it was clear on the Power Play that they gave up a goal right in front of the net to Fehr.

  5. penguins87and71 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    What’s up with the Penguins getting outshot again? Jeff Zatkoff, Chris Kunitz, and Sidney Crosby all won this game for the Penguins. I agree Ovechkin was invisible tonight.

    • c9castine - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      You always have something to complain about win the games and your made we lost on the shot clock.

      It happens. It’s from getting bottled up in the neutral zone. No team plays a perfect game the whole game every game.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        problem is its happened 4 times in a row now. 19, 22, 17, and 20 shots for in the last 4 games. the shooting percentage and the conversions are there but what happens when the chances and bounces dont go their way (inevitably going to happen)? watching these penguins, they go through these spells and you dont have to look too far back in history to be concerned about it. they run into a goalie (like rask) in the playoffs and are only putting up 20 shots a game, they are going to exit early. with only a few short weeks left, i want to see them trending the other way.

      • c9castine - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Oh my god! Four times in a row in an 82 game season while winning 3 of those games? They are phooked.

        If you guys haven’t realized by now there is a lot of fluctuations in a long season and every season is different. Every playoff is completely different and they have been beat in different ways.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        i dont know if you watched those games but they very easily couldve lost to anaheim had fleury not made a couple very good saves, and washington dominated the penguins not only on the shot clock last night for just about the entire 2nd period…couldve been a lot worse. if ovechkin shoots on that last powerplay with 2 mins left last night instead of looking for that tip to laich in front, that game goes to overtime. the preds suck and san jose beat the pants off the pens. it wasnt that great of a road trip even though they eeked out a few wins. the point is they cant continue to go this route and expect to keep winning, especially in the playoffs.

  6. discountdoublecheck - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Way to turn this in to Crosby/Ovechkin. Never gets old.

  7. penguins87and71 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    I don’t even think the Crosby/Ovechkin rivalry is even a discussion anymore.

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      It’s not. Sidney Crosby is the best player in the world. As far as I’m concerned, our Philadelphia rivalry is a lot more intense.

  8. penguins87and71 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Even though the Penguins won tonight and went 3-2 on the trip, I feel like they have been just getting by, the Penguins have been dominated in zone time and in play, in almost every game on this road trip. I’m getting a little concerned about that.

    • c9castine - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Went 3-2 against some damn good teams while going through some changes.

      If we win a playoff series 4-3 are you going to complain about getting outshot?

    • chanceoffleury - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      I agree. But trying to look optimistic I’ve chalked it up to a sign that perhaps they’re gonna peak at a better time this year. The past few years they’ve had a lackluster February followed by blazing through March only to fizzle out and lose momentum in April. I hope they can get it rolling a week or two before the playoffs and ride it until they at least get back to the ECF. Fleury has carried a lot of weight since the olympic break so I hope by some grave of god that is helping better prepare him for the playoffs. Pens are gonna need him in 2008 form to get far this year.

  9. joey4id - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Another lazy back check by 8 on the Pens 3rd goal. He stopped skating in the neutral zone and just coasted into the d zone never picking up the trailer. 87 was lame defensively as well today, but his mistakes didn’t lead to goals.

  10. blomfeld - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    if ‘X’ equals Crosby and ‘Y’ equals Ovechkin … then ‘X’ equals ‘Y’ to the power of ten !!!! :)

    I love teasing you Ovi lovers to ‘no’ end as it’s a blast man ! … but in all seriousness however, I wanna level with you people about one thing … the German-based disco group ‘Boney M’ is ‘seriously’ one of my all time favorite music acts ! :)

  11. bmscalise - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    The Pens aren’t possessing the puck in the way they should. Bottom line, they desperately miss Martin and Letang. Letang’s had a bad season, but Pens fans wildly underestimate how important he is to their possession game. Martin’s absence just compounds that problem further, given that he’s the Pens second-best puck mover.

  12. mordock57 - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    I can’t believe only one person has mentioned Zatkoff. Outstanding performance. Name another backup goalie who has double digit wins while the starter leads the entire league at the same time. Number one player last night. Crosby shined, Kunitz hit a new personal level and is only getting better, and I’ve already thanked my friends in Calgary for yet another annual gift. Once Martin (and hopefully Letang) are healthy, they’re going to be rock solid at both ends of the ice.

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