Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was in the building for his team's latest loss, wearing a jacket and tie and far from the ice. His team sure could use him in the lineup.
Washington's Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves, including a key stop on Evgeni Malkin in the closing minutes, and Jason Chimera scored off a turnover in the first period, giving the Capitals a 1-0 victory on Wednesday night, Pittsburgh's sixth consecutive defeat.
It was the first time this season the Penguins were shut out, but they've scored only a total of six goals during their current skid.
Sidelined by concussion symptoms, and more than a month removed from his most recent game, Crosby is only now ready to resume skating on his own.
''I don't think he's anywhere close to coming back,'' Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said. ''You can't really wait for him.''
Vokoun didn't make things easy for the short-handed Penguins, and was at his best late against Malkin.
''I was scrambling in the crease, and then ...