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Washington Capitals Must Change to Beat the Pittsburgh Penguins

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs should have been a very easy and exciting task for the Washington Capitals. They were coming into the game desperately needing a win and fired up to play in front of their home crowd. Instead of putting on a show and giving people at the Verizon Center something to cheer about, they again laid an egg in all three facets of the game and ended up losing to Toronto 3-2.

The Maple Leafs’ star James van Riemsdyk netted two goals on Capitals goaltender Michael Neuvirth and sent the Capitals hoping for a win against their arch-rival the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The biggest thing that the Capitals must work on is staying out of the penalty box. Being one of the most penalized teams in the entire league, that is one of the biggest reasons that Washington is enduring this horrible start. In the last game, Jason Chimera was penalized within the first two minutes of the game, and from there, they never stood a chance.

Just four days ago, the Capitals played host to the Penguins in Washington, and things were no better then they are now. Pittsburgh routed the Capitals 6-3 and completely dominated Washington and just about embarrassed them.

In this upcoming game, the Capital defense is going to have to stop Chris Kunitz. Kunitz didn’t have one or two goals, he had FOUR goals and accounted for most of the Pittsburgh offense. Guys like Mike Green and John Carlson must play a big role in this game if they want to finally turn things around.