Penguins Vs. Capitals: Pittsburgh Bounces Back With 2-1 Win Over Rival Washington

A great individual effort by Chris Kunitz quieted the Washington crowd, and gave the Pens a 2-1 win over the Capitals, who were limited to just 17 shots on goal.

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Penguins Vs. Capitals: Chris Kunitz Goal Gives Pittsburgh A 2-1 Win Over Rival Washington

After giving up four goals in the second period on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers, the PIttsburgh Penguins traveled down I-95 looking to rebound against a struggling arch rival. The Pens had not won at the Verizon center in regulation in the regular season in nearly three years, but that ended tonight.

The Penguins took the 2-1 lead on a goal by forward Chris Kunitz. It was a great individual effort for his ninth goal of the season. Kunitz stripped the puck off Marcus Johansson and John Erskine, and put a quick shot on an unsuspecting Tomas Vokoun. Erskine and Johansson had their skates caught up, and it seemed like Kunitz made four of the six Caps on the ice blush with embarrassment when it was over. The knuckle puck bounced off the body of Vokoun and went through the seven hole. It abruptly silenced a rowdy Verizon Center crowd.

Without Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek, it was a great win on the road for the Pens, bouncing back from a 4-3 loss against the Rangers. The Pens doubled up the Caps in shots on goal, limiting Washington to just two opportunities in the third period. It was the lowest shot total of the season for Washington. Kunitz's third period goal was icing on the cake, adding to the Caps woes, who fell to 0-2 under new coach Dale Hunter. The Pens now continue their road trip down I-95 to North Carolina, where they will play another team in its first week with a new head coach, the Carolina Hurricanes, on Saturday night.

For more news, discussion, and analysis on the Penguins, visit SB Nation's Penguins blog, PensBurgh.

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Penguins Vs. Capitals Score Update: Washington Ties It At One After Two Periods At Verizon Center

After two periods at the Verizon Center, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are tied.

The Penguins took the 1-0 lead in the first period on Craig Adams's second goal of the season. Arron Asham gave Adams a beautiful feed, coming from behind the net and drawing the Caps defense and goalie Tomas Vokoun. Asham quickly saw a streaking Adams and put a crossing pass right on his stick. Adams fired it home for the opening goal, as Vokoun never had a chance.

Just seconds later, Caps tough guy John Erskine immediately dropped the gloves with Asham on the subsequent faceoff. Erskine was looking to avenge the beating Asham put on his teammate, Jay Beagle, who has not played since Asham knocked him out in the clubs first meeting this season. Both guys are renowned for the fighting abilities, and they both landed heavy blows.

Jason Chimera evened it up at 1-1 for the Washington Capitals, just over a minute into the second period. Joel Ward hustled down the ice for Washington to prevent an icing call. The Caps then played interchange behind the net before the puck finally settled on the stick of Chimera in the corner. The Caps leading goal scorer slowly brought the puck from the corner, and Marc-Andre Fleury retreated deep into the net, expecting a pass to Ward who was skating down the center of the ice. Instead, Chimera unexpectedly flipped a backhand up and over the glove of Fleury, who was caught in no-man's land. It was the first time he's ever beaten the Pens netminder for a goal.

For more news, discussion, and analysis on the Penguins, visit SB Nation's Penguins blog, PensBurgh.

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Penguins Vs. Capitals Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Thursday night features quite the star-studded matchup as Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins get set to face off against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. The Penguins have won three of four since Sid The Kid returned to the lineup in brilliant fashion last week. The Capitals meanwhile are trying to adjust to the new style and philosophy of Dale Hunter, hired on Tuesday to replace the fired Bruce Boudreau. Thursday night's game will be the second meeting this season between the two rivals.

Washington Capitals (12-10-1) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (14-7-4)

When: 7:00 pm EST

Where: Verizon Center

TV information:

  • NHLN-US, Root (HD), CSN-MA

Radio Information:

  • Pittsburgh: PENS Radio
  • Washington: CAPS Radio 1500

Seaon Series: Caps won first meeting of season and are 8-0-1 since the Pens eliminated them from playoffs in 2009.

Last Ten:

  • Pittsburgh: 5-4-1
  • Washington: 3-6-1
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Penguins Vs. Capitals: Simon Despres Recalled, Set To Make NHL Debut

The Penguins recalled one of their top prospects in time for Thursday night's game against the Capitals.

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