Capitals continue to struggle.
It was top against bottom on Thursday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Washington Capitals, with the former rolling out 5-2 winners.
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The miserable start to the season for the Capitals continued as they fell to their opponents for the second time in just four days, after a 6-3 loss on Sunday.
The latest loss leaves Washington with eight defeats after 11 games, and rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Despite taking a lead after the first period thanks to Mike Ribeiro’s fourth goal of the year, the Capitals then capitulated as Pittsburgh hit five goals in the second and in the process sealed the win that would move them into top spot in the East.
Goals from Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Sidney Crosby turned the game around as the Penguins began to dominate, before Alexander Ovechkin added a power-play goal in the third for the Capitals, but it was far too late for Washington as they fell to yet another defeat.
The Capitals will now look to bounce back on Saturday night when they host the Florida Panthers at the Verizon Center, with a quick turnaround needed if they have any hopes of reaching the play-offs.