Final score: 6-3 Penguins
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin led the Pittsburgh Penguins into enemy territory Sunday afternoon. After 60 minutes of game time, the Penguins left the Verizon Center with a decisive 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals.
The two sides exploded offensively in the first period with each side finding the back of the net in the first 5:05.
John Carlson tied the game for the Capitals four minutes into the second period. Kris Letang and Chris Kunitz answered for the Penguins by scoring two goals in the span of 37 seconds to take a commanding lead that the Capitals wouldn't be able to catch up to.
Kunitz scored two more goals before the end of the game, earning his first hat-trick of the season.
The Capitals came out aggressively in the third and seemed to be mounting a comeback. Mike Ribeiro lit the lamp 3:33 into the final period, bringing his squad within two of the Penguins.
That's as close as they'd get, though.
Alexander Ovechkin and company put plenty of offensive pressure on the Penguins. They put 11 pucks on Penguins netminder Tomas Vokoun over the course of the last 20 minutes.
Vokoun proved to be unstoppable, though. No matter how many chances the Capitals got up in front of the net, they weren't able to get past Vokoun.
In the final minutes of the game, the Capitals were unable to find a good time to pull Braden Holtby from the goal to put an extra attacker on the ice. Ovechkin and Carlson ended up taking penalties with a little over a minute left, sealing their fate by giving the Penguins a 5-on-3 power play to close the game.
The Penguins earned their third consecutive victory while the Capitals have advanced to a meager 2-6-1 record early in the season.