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Penguins vs. Capitals: Ovechkin's night helps sink Pittsburgh, Caps win 5-2

Alex Ovechkin scores 2 goals and the Capitals get the better of the play, taking a 5-2 win in DC against the Penguins. Malkin and Hornqvist tally 3rd period power play goals to at least make it look a little respectable.

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Penguins come into the game pretty much at full-strength as possible with Matt Murray healthy enough to be a backup.

1st period

Alex Ovechkin scores career point 1,000 on a vintage Ovechkin goal. Trevor Daley gets caught deep and Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are on a 2-on-1. Kris Letang can't quite get his stick to deflect the puck as Ovechkin curls-and-drags and then fires a shot by Marc-Andre Fleury . 1-0 Capitals.

That's about all for that period, shots 13-9 Pens, who largely controlled play for much of the period, but couldn't get any pucks past Braden Holtby.

2nd period

Ovechkin gifted career point 1,001 by the refs on an awful penalty cal on Carl Hagelin that puts the Capitals on their second power play of the period, Ovechkin rips a rocket over Fleury's shoulder to make it 2-0.

Phil Kessel gets a breakaway but a great save by Holtby. The Pens keep the pressure up, Scott Wilson puts a puck off the post, Pittsburgh gets a power play and some great puck movement but all Swedish, no Finish.

Shots 23-20 Pens, chart looks good, scoreboard does not.

3rd period

Caps extend the lead to 3-0 when Evgeny Kuznetsov skates around the entire team and behind the net, only to quickly center it to Justin Williams and none of the Penguins are any the wiser. Bad look for all there.

The Pens get a power play (after a probably equally bad call from the 2nd period sends only Dmitry Orlov to the box after a scrum) and finally get on the board with Evgeni Malkin one-timing a Justin Schultz pass past Holtby.

Pittsburgh takes a penalty, Bryan Rust feeds Matt Cullen for a short-handed breakaway and Cullen blows a puck by Holtby, only to be denied by the cross-bar. Shortly afterwards the Caps use a long pass to stretch the Pens and TJ Oshie feeds Backstrom for an easy goal to make it 4-1.

The Pens have one last gasp, Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby each make a snazzy cross-ice pass on the PP that gets down to Patric Hornqvist for an easy goal to make it 4-2.

But it's not to be, Caps get an empty netter and take a 5-2 win.

Some Thoughts

Just one of these type of nights. A great player can put his stamp on the game, and Ovechkin certainly did early. The Pens got some chances but Holtby was good, his posts rung true and the Pens couldn't get much of anything going.