Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Pittsburgh leads 4-0

Game 1: Monday, December 11th
Game 2: Saturday, February 3rd
Game 3: Sunday, February 18th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 27th

Penguins 5

(13-11-5, 31 pts)

Capitals 4

(13-10-7, 33 pts)

Coverage: NBCSN

7:00 PM ET, December 11, 2006

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 SO T
PIT 0 3 1 15
WSH 2 2 0 04

E. Malkin (Penguins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

C. Clark (Capitals - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

A. Ovechkin (Capitals - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Pittsburgh (12-11-5) at Washington (13-10-6) 7:00 pm EST

Pittsburgh (12-11-5) at Washington (13-10-6) 7:00 pm EST

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals were rolling along until the Anaheim Ducks came around.

The Capitals were thrashed, 6-1, by the Ducks on Friday, but Washington rebounded on Saturday with a win and look to start a new run Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ovechkin, who has two goals and six assists in his last four games, scored and added two assists in a 5-3 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday.

Brooks Laich, Chris Clark, Bryan Muir and Matt Pettinger scored the other goals for Washington, which had won four straight before losing to Anaheim. Brent Johnson made 33 saves for the Capitals.

The Penguins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday.

Evgeni Malkin led Pittsburgh with a goal and two assists while Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist. Colby Armstrong turned out to be the hero for the Penguins, scoring at 3:51 of overtime.