Capitals Vs. Penguins: Pens Lose In Overtime

The Pittsburgh Penguins will likely be without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby as they face the Washington Capitals tonight.

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Arron Asham Fight: League Will Not Penalize Penguins Forward

The NHL has decided not to suspend Pittsburgh Penguins winger Arron Asham for his conduct following his fight with Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle on Thursday night, reports Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times. Rule 75.2 (i) in the NHL rulebook penalizes "any identifiable player who uses obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures directed at any person," NHL spokesman John Dellapina told Whyno, but Asham's conduct "did not violate the rules as currently written."

Asham and Beagle dropped gloves in the third period Thursday night after referees whistled Beagle for a penalty. Beagle landed a few blows, but Asham downed his opponent with two brutal right hooks to the face, and then pantomimed a boxing referee breaking up an unfair fight. SB Nation Pittsburgh colleague Charlie Wilmoth posted video of the Asham/Beagle fight earlier.

Pittsburgh won the battle, but lost the war, as it were; the Capitals prevailed in overtime, 3-2, thanks to Dennis Wideman's power-play goal. The Penguins' record now stands at 3-0-2, and they'll next take the ice--with Asham available--this Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.

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Penguins Vs. Capitals: Pittsburgh Falls To Washington In Overtime

An overtime goal by Dennis Wideman sealed a win for the visiting Capitals on Thursday night. The goal came on a power play for Washington, the result of an overtime tripping penalty on Jordan Staal.

The game was sent into overtime by James Neal, who scored at 16:15 of the third period to even the score at two. The Penguins peppered Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun throughout the third period and overtime. But only Neal could break through, scoring both goals on the evening for the Pens. Neal’s first goal was set up by Evgeni Malkin, who was a gametime decision after being out for two games with a lower body injury. Malkin looked sharp throughout, carrying the puck into the zone to set up Neal’s opening goal.

Mike Knuble answered Neal’s first foal for the Capitals at the start of the second period, to even it at one. Alex Ovechkin would deflect a Mike Green shot past Brent Johnson and into the top of the net to give the Capitals the lead. Before Neal’s second and equalizing goal, however, was the highlight of the thjrd period – Arron Asham’s knockout of Jay Beagle. The five-minute major was the only penalty of the night on the Pens, until Staal’s overtime tripping call set up the winning goal from Wideman.

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Evgeni Malkin Injury: Penguins Center A Game-Time Decision Against Capitals

Evgeni Malkin will be a game-time decision when his Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, reports Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Penguins center missed the club's last two games due to soreness in his right knee, which Anderson says stems from an operation he had in February.

Earlier reports indicated Malkin would not play, so the upgrade in his status comes as a welcome surprise for Pittsburgh (3-0-1), which leads the NHL in points (seven) despite the partial absence of Malkin and the full absence of Sidney Crosby. More good news could come a bit later, as Crosby may make his return to game action soon; doctors have cleared him for practice.

Notably, Anderson reports Malkin will join Capitals star and fellow Russian national Alex Ovechkin in a pregame ceremony honoring the Russian hockey team Lokomotiv, whose lives a plane crash claimed in September, regardless of whether he'll be able to play. In addition, both teams will wear Lokomotiv patches on their helmets.

With or without Malkin, the puck drops at 7:00 PM Eastern.

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Penguins Vs. Capitals: Evgeni Malkin Reportedly Won't Play Against Washington

The Pittsburgh Penguins are hosting the Washington Capitals on Thursday, and they could use all the help they can get with the defending Eastern Conference points champions. We know that Sidney Crosby won't be playing, and now it appears that Evgeni Malkin won't be playing either.

Malkin has missed the Penguins' last two games as he continues to nurse what is only being described as a "lower-body injury." The Penguins didn't seem to have any problems putting goals up in their 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, but it might be tough sledding against the Washington Capitals, who figure to be a more formidable opponent.

We'll have more on this game and Evgeni Malkin's injury as soon as more information is made available to us, in this StoryStream. For more on the Penguins head over to PensBurgh. For more on the Caps, check out Japers' Rink and SB Nation DC.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Rival Washington Heads To Pittsburgh For Early-Season Clash

The Pittsburgh Penguins will likely be without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby as they face the Washington Capitals tonight.

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