Pens reach D.C., lose to Capitals
WASHINGTON -- The nationally televised Super Bowl Sunday showdown between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals was a full-go after all -- despite 2 feet of snow that paralyzed the nation's capital and had the visitors scrambling to find a way into town.
The Capitals won the game 5-4 in overtime.
With all of the airports in the area shut down, the Penguins had to fly into Newark, N.J., from Montreal after their Saturday afternoon game against the Canadiens. The team then took a five-hour bus ride, making a midnight fast food stop in Maryland, before arriving in Washington at 2:15 a.m.
The Penguins' travel troubles appeared to give the Capitals' a greater-than-usual home-ice advantage, but Washington coach Bruce Boudreau begged to differ.
"I think it's totally opposite. All they had to do was sit on a bus. We had to shovel out our houses and everything else," Boudreau said before the game.
"Half the city was without power. A lot of the guys have no power. You're digging out cars left, right and center to get everybody out. I think that's more taxing than sitting down. Other than a few of their players, they've played in the American [Hockey] League before. A bus ride has never hurt anybody."
The Penguins roared out to a 2-0 first-period lead and led 4-1 with seven minutes left in the second. But in the third, the Capitals tied the game on Alex Ovechkin's second and third goals of the day. Washington won on a power-play goal by Mike Knuble in overtime.
Boudreau said all of his players made it to the arena on time, and he quizzed them on how much shoveling they had to do -- in case they would be too tired or sore to play.
"Maybe I'm old, but I'm sore," Boudreau said.
The win gave the Capitals a 14-game winning streak, three short of the NHL record set by the Penguins in 1992-93.
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