Today’s Washington 3-0 win over Pittsburgh didn’t see Alex Ovechkin lighting the lamp for the Capitals but it did feature a hard-nosed effort from the Capitals against a tough Penguins team.
Brooks Laich’s first period goal saw him crashing the net and scoring while being shoved down as well as Marcus Johansson’s tremendous short-handed backhand floater past Marc-Andre Fleury.
Mike Knuble capped things off with an empty net goal to help the Caps snap the Penguins five-game winning streak and give the Capitals a two-game win streak of their own. Check out the goals in our video.
Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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