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Capitals vs. Penguins Recap: Pittsburgh Plows Caps

Two Bryan Rust goals power the Penguins to a 3 to 0 victory over Washington.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals fell for the second time in three nights to the Penguins 3 to 0 in Washington.

Here’s Saturday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: There was not a single positive to take away from the shutout loss.

Minus: In a final frame Washington needed to win (big) they were outshot 11 to 5 by Pittsburgh.

Six more notes on the game:

  1. Less than three minutes into the contest Bryan Rust put the Penguins ahead. A fall from Garnet Hathaway gave Rust a long breakaway chasnce that he did not miss on.
  2. 26 seconds into the second period Rust extended the Penguins with his 22nd of the season. Rust blocked a Dmitry Orlov shot that he then turned the another way and tucked behind Ilya Samsonov.
  3. Jeff Carter scored just past the game’s midway point to put the Penguins ahead by three. A hard pass from Kris Letang allowed Carter to fire the puck from the slot and into the net.
  4. The game’s first penalty came 46 minutes in, a delay of game minor against Trevor van Riemsdyk.
  5. Both teams would have power play opportunities in the third but neither club could connect.
  6. A fight between Brenden Dillon and Teddy Blueger was the highlight of the third period.