Alex Ovechkin had a secondary assist but once again made little impact on Sunday's game. (Yahoo!)
The Washington Capitals were spanked on home ice Sunday afternoon by the Pittsburgh Penguins, falling 6-3. After falling behind twice, Washington tied the game twice before Pittsburgh pulled away with three goals in the second period, two of which came in a little over half a minute. Tomas Vokoun, making his first start in Washington since being traded in June, was very good, despite one error, and proved to many that the Penguins have an excellent goaltending tandem. With the loss, Washington is now 2-6-1 on the season and near the NHL basement.
As with all Penguins-Capitals affairs, this one got off to a blistering start, with Chris Kunitz and Mike Green trading goals in the first five minutes of the game. Following the two early goals, the pace did not slow down at all, with more chances arriving for both teams. Just before the midway mark of the period, Pittsburgh took the lead again with a Deryk Engelland slapshot that was deflected in front by Matt Cooke and found its way past Braden Holtby. The frantic back and forth action continued with great chances for both teams, including a huge save on Sidney Crosby by Holtby in front. The first period closed with the Penguins ahead, but both teams still pressing for more.