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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Arron Asham wanted to fire up his teammates when he dropped the gloves with Washington's Jay Beagle in the third period on Thursday.
Fans are keenly aware of the hatred between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Whether it is viewed in the prism of Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby, or Dale Hunter vs. Mario Lemieux, the rivalry is undoubtedly one of the most prominent in the NHL.
One opposing shot on net, one goal. It was a familiar scene for Tomas Vokoun on Thursday night — the second straight game he allowed the first puck on goal to go in. But when the Capitals' offense bailed him out to preserve a victory against the Lightning, the 35-year-old was steadfast.
Sidney Crosby has traded in his white helmet. There's still no telling when the Pittsburgh Penguins star will be able to do the same with his practice jersey.
Sometimes choosing a starting goaltender depends on the matchup. Take one look at Michal Neuvirth's career numbers and recent run against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he seemed a good bet to get the start for the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
Take Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom off the Washington Capitals and there would be reason for concern. Take the best two players off any NHL team and there are problems.