Posts Tagged ‘Sidney Crosby’

Caps-Penguins Winter Classic Preview

January 1, 2011

The Winter Classic outdoor hockey game between Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins has been postponed from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday because of rain.

More than 60,000 fans are expected to attend the NHL’s fourth annual Winter Classic at Heinz Field. Rain is expected to taper off in Pittsburgh during the early part of the game, which will be telecast nationally on NBC. Temperatures at game time are expected to be in the low 40s.

The Penguins have the best record in the NHL, while the Caps have won four of five games after an uncharacteristic eight-game losing streak.  Despite the losing streak, the Caps are still tied for first place in the Southeast Division with 48 points.

Ovechkin has two MVP trophies to one for Crosby, but Sid the Kid won a Stanley Cup championship in 2009 and an Olympic goal medal while playing for Canada last February.

Washington won the President’s Trophy for the best record in the league last season, which was highlighted by a 14-game winning streak.  However, the Caps’ season came to a crashing halt with a shocking upset in the first round of the playoffs to eighth-seeded Montreal.

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Caps sweep season series from Penguins with 6-3 win, Ovechkin and Crosby tied with 48 goals

April 7, 2010

The Capitals swept the season series 4-0 from the Penguins with a 6-3 road win over Pittsburgh Tuesday night.

Alexander Ovechkin’s power play goal at 2:37 of the third period past Marc-Andre Fleury gave the Caps a 5-3 lead. Ovechkin also scored an empty netter to give him 48 for the season, tying him with Sidney Crosby for the league lead.

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Ovechkin’s Super Sunday: Hat trick leads Washington Caps over Pittsburgh Penguins for 14th straight

February 10, 2010

A game featuring the two best players in the NHL and pitting the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins against the red hot Washington Capitals lived up to its billing as the Caps beat the Pens 5-4 in overtime to extend their winning streak to 14.

Alexander Ovechkin’s hat trick outdid Sidney Crosby’s two goals as the Caps overcame a 4-1 deficit in a nationally televised game today at Verizon Center.

Mike Knuble capped the amazing comeback with the game-winner in overtime on a power play goal after Ovechkin’s shot clanged off the post.

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Red hot Washington Capitals win 13th in a row, take on Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow

February 6, 2010

The Washington Capitals will try to extend their franchise record winning streak to 14 games as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow in their traditional Super Bowl Sunday contest.  The game features the NHL’s two best players, Alexander Ovechkin of the Caps and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins.

Red hot Washington Capitals win 13th in a row, 5-2 over Atlanta Thrashers

The red hot Washington Capitals won their 13th consecutive game tonight, 5-2 over the Atlanta Thrashers in Washington.

Caps backup goalie Michael Neuvirth made a career-high 43 saves as the Caps got goals from their three leading scorers: Alexander Ovechkin (39), Alexander Semin (26), and Nicklas Backstrom (25).

Ovechkin scored his league-leading 39th goal on a power play slapshot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec at the 13:41 mark of the first period. Backstrom fed Ovechkin the puck as Ovie was sprinting back from the bench after retrieving a new stick.

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Washington Capitals win team record 12th straight over NY Rangers, Ovechkin gets 500th career point

The Washington Capitals extended their team record winning streak to 12 games with a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers last night at Madison Square Garden.

Nicklas Backstrom scored five points including the game-winning goal early in the third period, while linemate Alexander Ovechkin scored two goals.

Ovechkin scored his 500th career point in style with 8.5 seconds left in the second period, sliding the puck through the legs of Michal Rozsival and up over goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The goal, Ovie’s 38th, closed the gap to 5-4.

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Washington Capitals beat Boston Bruins for franchise record 11th win in a row

The Washington Capitals won a team-record 11th straight game last night over the Boston Bruins, 4-1.

Brooks Laich and Boyd Gordon each scored past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in a three minute-stretch in the 3rd period to give the Caps a 3-1 advantage. Caps goalie Jose Theodore was superb in the net, stopping 41 shots.

The Caps have won 14 of 15 games since Alexander Ovechkin was named Captain January 5. Ovechkin was named the NHL’s first star of the month for January.

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