NHL Game Summary - Washington at Pittsburgh |
(Wednesday, January 25th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 8, Washington 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Mark Recchi and John LeClair scored two
goals apiece as Pittsburgh defeated the Washington Capitals, 8-1, at Mellon
Arena in the Penguins' first game without the newly retired Mario Lemieux.
Lemieux announced his retirement on Tuesday afternoon, ending the second phase
of his career that began with his late 2000 comeback. The team has gotten used
to being without No. 66, as he had been sidelined since last month with an
Sidney Crosby tallied a goal and three assists, Tomas Surovy scored his
seventh goal of the season and Sergei Gonchar had three helpers for the
Penguins, who snapped a season-long 10-game losing streak. Marc-Andre Fleury
made 29 saves and Eric Boguniecki added his second goal of the season for
"It's nice to get a reward, seeing your team like we have been seeing here,"
Pittsburgh head coach Michel Therrien said. "They have been playing pretty
hard, but they never get rewarded. Finally, tonight, there were a lot of guys
who had a great game. It was a good team effort. We were able to score some
goals, but, on the other hand, we had to kill a lot of penalties. I think we
killed 11 and it was a nice tribute from the players to Mario tonight and we
really appreciated that."
Alexander Ovechkin scored his 34th goal of the season and Olaf Kolzig stopped
29 of 37 shots for the Capitals, who lost for the second time since having a
four-game winning streak snapped.
"It was still 3-1 going into the third and we still had an opportunity with a
three-minute power play to do something," Washington head coach Glen Hanlon
said. "We didn't respond. When we hit and play physical, we are way more
successful and that wasn't the case tonight. We were too far moved from one-
on-one puck battles and bad physical play."
Pittsburgh drew first blood with 3:05 left in the first period after LeClair,
who was in the slot, one-timed a pass from Michel Ouellet past Kolzig.
Washington netted the equalizer 5:22 into the second stanza while on the power
play after Ovechkin snapped a shot past Fleury's glove from the left circle to
make it a 1-1 contest.
Pittsburgh, however, scored the next seven goals to seal the win.
The Penguins regained the lead just over three minutes later while on the man
advantage after Recchi one-timed a cross-ice pass from Crosby past Kolzig.
Pittsburgh extended its lead to 3-1 with less than five minutes to go in the
second period after Recchi one-timed a shot past Kolzig from the right circle
for a power-play tally.
The Pens upped their lead to 4-1 just 1:04 into the final frame after LeClair,
who was camped in the slot to screen Kolzig, tipped a shot from the high slot
over Kolzig's right pad for another power-play goal.
Pittsburgh made it 5-1 midway through the third period after Surovy finished a
2-on-1 break with a one-timer from the left circle. Less than three minutes
later, Crosby gathered a pass at the side of the Capitals' net, kicked the
puck to his forehand while avoiding a Washington defender and beat Kolzig
Less than 20 seconds after that, LeClair threw a blind shot on goal that
caromed off the skate of Boguniecki and through Kolzig's five hole to make it
7-1. Ryan Malone finished the scoring with 4:26 left in the game after he beat
Kolzig high to the stick side on a penalty shot.
Pittsburgh, which scored a season-high eight goals, had been held to two goals
or less in seven of its previous eight games...Washington has lost four
straight at Pittsburgh and has just five wins in its last 28 trips to
Mellon Arena...It was Crosby's first career four-point night...Pittsburgh
finished 3-for-7 on the power play, while Washington went 1-for-11...The Caps
outshot Pittsburgh 15-5 in the second period, but the Pens outshot the Caps
18-6 in the third period.
01/25 22:55:52 ET