Hall of Fame player now head coach Adam Oates’ hopes of ending both his team’s losing streak and his own losing streak were spoiled tonight by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh won tonight by a score of 2-0, taking both back-to-back games with the Caps and ending the season series with a sweep of the Caps. Oates’ record against the Pens as a head coach goes now to 0-7, and the Caps have now lost five of their last six.
Washington has now lost eight straight games to the Pens, with their last win coming back on January 11, 2012. The Pens set a milestone tonight for having the longest winning streak against the Caps in team history. During these four games in the Caps-Pens season series the Caps were outscored 13-5. Pens captain and center Sidney Crosby, who scored a goal tonight, recorded seven total points in this season series.
Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 32 of the Caps shots and earned his fifth shutout of the season. Caps goalie Jaroslav Halak also recorded 32 saves but let in both goals, Halak has allowed seven goals in his first three starts in goal (1-2-0) for his new team. The last time the Caps won a game in a pair of back-to-back games was earlier this season on January 25th when they defeated the Canadians 5-0 after losing to the Devils 2-1 the night before.
The Caps will have the next two days off to rest and prepare when they return home to Verizion Center Friday night to take on the Vancouver Canucks to try to end their losing streak. Game time will 7:00pm/ET.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)