Pittsburgh 2, Washington 1

Thursday, December 1, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 15-7-2-2 8-1-2-0 7-6-0-2 W1
Washington 12-11-0-1 8-4-0-1 4-7-0-0 L4


Chris Kunitz scored the game winner early in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins blanketed the Washington Capitals on the way to a 2-1 road victory Thursday night.

The Capitals managed just 17 shots on goal as they fell to 0-2-0 under new head coach Dale Hunter. It was Pittsburgh's first win over Washington in five tries.

With the teams even 1-1 after 40 minutes, Kunitz gave Pittsburgh the lead 2:36 into the third period. He wrested the puck free from Washington defenseman John Erskine before firing a quick wrist shot that squeezed past Washington netminder Tomas Vokoun.

Pittsburgh's Craig Adams opened the scoring at 5:21, swatting home a cross-crease backhand pass from Arron Asham. Moments later, Asham dropped the gloves with Erskine, Washington's payback for an Asham punch that knocked out Jay Beagle in the teams' last encounter.

Jason Chimera evened things early in the second period, breaking out from the right corner and lifting a backhand that beat Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury for his 10th goal of the season.

The Capitals' trio of Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom combined for just three shots on the night.

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   Washington
Craig Adams 1 Points Jason Chimera 1
Craig Adams 1 Goals Jason Chimera 1
Arron Asham 1 Assists Brooks Laich 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marc-Andre Fleury .941 Save Percentage Tomas Vokoun .943
Marc-Andre Fleury 16 Saves Tomas Vokoun 33

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 35 2 0-3 2-2 9 17
Washington 17 1 0-2 3-3 11 37

Upcoming Games

  • Washington will play its next game at home against Ottawa. The Capitals have a W/L % of .692 after a win and .273 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game on the road against Carolina. The Penguins have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .667 after a loss.
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