Ovechkin Ends Drought, Caps Beat Pens

Alex Ovechkin hasn’t exactly been lighting the lamp on a regular basis against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he hadn’t scored in the last 4 Caps-Pens games. Not only did he score last night, but it was the ONLY goal scored in the game as the Caps beat the Pens 1-0! Even more impressive then Ovechkin breaking out of this slump against the Pens, was the incredible play of Michal Neuvirth. Neuvirth did had a stellar game between the pipes for the Caps, he stopped 39 shots en route to a shut out!! This was Neuvirth’s 3rd shutout THIS season, this was the 7th straight road win against the Pens for the Capitals. In this year’s season series, the Caps have won 3 of the 4 games with the 4th resulting in a draw. Now I don’t want to paint only half of this picture, the Pens were much more agressive then the Caps on offense out-shooting them 39-24. Pens goalie Marc Andre Fleury had a very good game other than Ovechkin’s top shelf rocket in the 2nd period. The Pens are in something of a drought against the Caps, they haven’t scored in 157:47 with the last goal being in the Winter Classic where they got blasted 3-1. Last night’s win has the Caps at 32-19-10, that means 2nd place in their division. The great news for the Caps is that they are only 1 POINT behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, will the Caps continue their recent dominance over the Pens?? Will the Pens be able to snap out of their current slide, they are in 4th place in the Conference at the moment and only 3 points ahead of the Caps. I usually don’t cover hockey until it’s the stretch run close to the playoffs, but due to a request from my good friend Josh I will try to make an attempt to comment on it more.

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