The Washington Capitals ended their two-game losing streak tonight as they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 1-0. The game didn’t provide the exciting offensive performances that has come to be expected from Capitals/Penguins tilts of previous years due to serious injuries on both teams. The Penguins were without offensive superstars Sidney Crosby, and Jordan Staal, while the Capitals were without Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green.
Tomas Vokoun blanked the Penguins, stopping 30 shots, including a late flurry of shots in the waning minutes of the game. It was Vokoun’s 46th career shutout and his second of the season. Jason Chimera was the lone goal scorer in the contest after a Penguins turnover quickly turned into a 3-on-1 where Chimera was able to walk in and put it past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Matt Hendricks and Craig Adams dropped the gloves early on in the contest and set the tone to go along with what is thought of the Capitals/Penguins rivalry. There was no clear-cut winner, however, Hendricks was credited with the takedown on Adams.
The victory for the Capitals got them back on the track of winning, while it extended the Penguins losing streak to six games. The win also propelled the Capitals into a tie with the Penguins in the standings, with the Capitals having a game in hand and one more win. Both teams now have 46 points on the season.
The Capitals will try to make it two wins in a row Friday night when Southeast Division rival Tampa Bay comes to the Nation’s capital. It will the second of the Capitals four-game homestand.