Monday, February 23, 2009

Ovechkin Sends Penguins Packing With A Wave

Sid the Kid came to DC yesterday and had plenty to say. Throughout three periods of play at Verizon Center, Sidney Crosby tried to make his presence known with jabs -- verbal and physical. What he didn't do was bring his game. He had no goals and one assist in the game. Evgeni Malkin, NHL points leader and rival/friend of Alex Ovechkin, was also held to just one assist.

Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Sergei Federov, Shaone Morrisonn, and Brooks Laich scored goals in the decisive 5-2 win over the Penguins yesterday. The Pens' interim coach Dan Bylsma pulled goalie Marc-Andre' Fleury after the Caps went up 4-2 in the second period and replaced him with Mathieu Garon.

The Caps penalty kill was a major factor in the win. The Pens managed only one goal in eight power play chances totalling over 14 minutes, including almost a minute of 5-on-3. The Caps picked up two power play goals in three opportunities.

Crosby had a few choice words for Ovi at the end of the second period, as Ovi returned to the bench. Words and shoves were exchanged, and Ovi sent Crosby off to the locker rooms with a wave.

The Caps are now 3-0 against Pittsburgh this season. The two teams will meet one more time this season, on March 8 in DC.

The Russians were the stars of this game: Federov was named First Star, Ovi was Second Star, and Third Star went to Semin.

Final score: Caps 5, Pens 2 (W).

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