Found December 01, 2011 on This Is Getting Old:
What a sucky event against the Rangers.  Oh well you can’t win em all. Who: Pittsburgh Penguins (14-7-4) vs. Washington Capitals (12-10-1) Where: Verizon Center When:  7:00 PM EST Channels:  NHLN, ROOT Sports We really covered last year’s series in the preview of the first game, which can be found here. Since we did that, [...]

Alexander Ovechkin is dating Maria Kirilenko

Through 23 games this year, Alexander Ovechkin has a meager 18 points (eight goals, ten assists). Over his six previous seasons, he's never had a season where he's averaged less than a point per game. In four of his six campaigns, he's put over over 100 points. He's currently on a 65 point pace, which would be 20 below his career worst. Three of ESPN's hockey...

Dan Bylsma Updates Letang’s Health Status

via Sam Kasan of Penguins Report at the Penguins website, Kris Letang suffered the hit to the head (in Montreal), a facial injury. He has felt fine for a couple days and skated with us after being evaluated a couple different ways on Monday. He skated with us, felt fine. Started to get some symptoms in New York. He also has a virus and some sickness. So there’s some other things...

Penguins' Letang, Michalek return home for evaluation

Pittsburgh defensemen Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek traveled back home to be re-evaluated while the Penguins battled the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Letang suffered a broken nose Saturday on a hit by Montreal's Max Pacrioretty, who drew a three-game suspension for the blow. Letang practiced on Monday and Tuesday but said he experienced trouble breathing. Michalek suffered...

Penguins Notebook: Defenseman Simon Despres makes NHL debut

WASHINGTON -- Defenseman Simon Despres made his NHL debut Thursday night against Washington at Verizon Center, but it was more than just his first game in the league. It was the start of a tryout.

Ovechkin announces he's dating tennis star Kirilenko

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin may be struggling on the ice, but he seems to have found someone to keep him company off of it. Ovechkin announced on his official Twitter account that he is dating Russian tennis starlet Maria Kirilenko. The two-time Hart Trophy winner tweeted a picture of the two together, adding, "Me and my girlfriend Maria ... she is my queen!...

Facing Pittsburgh: Familiar Intensity, Different Outcome

It felt like a game against Pittsburgh—except for the ending. The Capitals brought whatever their A game is right now to the ice Thursday against the Pens, but despite holding both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin pointless, the Capitals finished the game one goal too short. Journalists buzzed before the game how the Capitals hadn’t lost to the Pens  under Pittsburgh coach...

Failure’s Blame Stretches Far and Wide

Some random observations and notes-sharing from a remarkable last 72 hours: There’s standup, and then there’s what Gabby offered the Washington Post’s Tarik El Bashir Wednesday morning — actually agreeing with Capitals management that it was time for a change behind the bench. He actually told General Manager George McPhee, “You’re doing what you have to do.” A company...

Kunitz goal pushes Penguins past Capitals

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Chris Kunitz scored a goal early in the third period to lead the Penguins to a 2-1 victory against Washington at the Verizon Center tonight.

Dale Hunter's priority is getting most out of Alex Ovechkin

George McPhee insisted the firing of Bruce Boudreau and hiring of Dale Hunter wasn't about Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals' captain whose production and performance have been lacking this season. But at $9 million this season and more than $95 million left on Ovechkin's contract, there's no doubt that something ...

A New Era

The Dale Hunter era of the Washington Capitals officially began last night with a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.  Despite getting the lead first, thanks to Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals were unable to give Dale a win on his first night behind the bench. As expected, Hunter received a warm homecoming from the Verizon Center crowd.  His infamous game 7-OT goal against Philadelphia...

Crosby can’t save Penguins

Sidney Crosby has only been back for five games this season but has made an immediate impact for the Penguins. After notching two assists last night in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers, he now has points in four of the five games since his return from a concussion. But...

NHL coaches again on the hot seat

Alex Ovechkin has dropped from MVP seasons to an ordinary one for Washington. In Carolina, Eric Staal is stuck in a seasonlong slump. Two of the NHL's best players get the rest of the season to try to turn around their numbers and revert to form. Their coaches weren't so lucky.
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