Mike Knuble found the net for his first ever shootout goal to pull the Washington Capitals ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3, concluding Wednesday’s OT thriller at the Verizon Center in DC. In a rivalry that primarily features NHL stand-outs Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, it was Knuble who came through in the final round to steal the spotlight. The Capitals have now won all three games against the Penguins with a chance to sweep for the year when they meet again in two weeks.
Ovechkin was thrilled in regards to the way his team stepped up last night, saying “It was mentally a very important win for us. We know they have a very good team. They miss Gonchar and Malkin, but they’re still the Stanley Cup champions.” Washington has built a great deal of momentum looking ahead to their remaining regular season contests, scoring two or more goals in their last 32 games. They are next scheduled to matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes tonight while the Penguins prepare for a Saturday showdown against the Philadelphia Flyers.