PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 13: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and Zbynek Michalek #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skate for a puck during the game at Consol Energy Center on October 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Capitals Vs. Penguins: Dennis Wideman Scores Overtime Game-Winner For Capitals

Dennis Wideman scored a power-play goal in overtime and the Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2. The game was marred by Pittsburgh's Arron Asham knocking out Washington's Jay Beagle in a fight.

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Arron Asham Won't Be Disciplined By NHL For Actions During Fight With Jay Beagle

The major story from the Washington Capitals' 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night centered around the fight between Pittsburgh's Arron Asham and Washington's Jay Beagle. Asham dropped a bloodied Beagle to the ice with one punch, then celebrated afterwards as Beagle was being treated. However, the NHL has decided not to discipline Asham for his actions, according to a report by Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.

"While nobody liked the gestures, they simply did not violate the rules as currently written (Rule 75.2 (i) which calls for a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct for "any identifiable player who uses obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures directed at any person," NHL spokesman John Dellapina said in an email response.

Asham was apologetic after the game, calling his own actions "claseless." Perhaps that played a role in the NHL's decision.

We have more updates about Thursday's game in this StoryStream. Remember to visit Japers' Rink and SB Nation D.C. for complete Capitals coverage. Pensburgh and SB Nation Pittsburgh offer the perspective from the Penguins' side.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Arron Asham Apologizes For Actions After Fight With Jay Beagle

The defining moment of the Washington Capitals' 3-2 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins was when Pittsburgh's Arron Asham knocked out Washington's Jay Beagle in a fight, causing Beagle to bleed and leave the game. As we noted here, Asham did a little celebration that could have been interpreted as taunting. However, Asham was apologetic after the game for that.

Via Mike Colligan of The Hockey Writers:

Arron Asham said his gesture after the 3rd period fight was classless and totally uncalled for, said he was caught up in the moment

The fight caused a war of words between Asham and Alex Ovechkin, who served Beagle's penalty. Beagle, for his part, was spotted with ice in his mouth after the game.

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Jay Beagle Injury Update: Capitals' Forward Recovering After Fight With Arron Asham

Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle did not return to the team's 3-2 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night after getting knocked out by Arron Asham in a fight early in the third period. The two men dropped the gloves after Beague was penalized, and Asham's punch caused Beague to bleed profusely. Here's the fight video. Afterwards, Beagle was spotted with ice in his mouth, according to Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.

It remains unclear how seriously Beague is injured beyond this game. What is clear is that the Washington Capitals did not take too kindly to Asham's gestures after the fight. According to Corey Masisak of NHL.com, Alex Ovechkin, who served the penalty for Beagle, had some words for Asham.

Ovechkin now jawing with Asham in the penalty box. Don't think the captain liked Asham going after Beagle in that situation.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Dennis Wideman's Power Play Goal In Overtime Seals Caps' 3-2 Victory Over Penguins

In a rivalry game, there should be no shortage of blood, sweat and tears. The first two were definitely there on the ice, but in the stands, the Pittsburgh faithful left saddened as the Washington Capitals defeated the Penguins 3-2 in overtime

Dennis Wideman's wrist shot off of Nicklas Backstrom's cross-ice pass beat Brent Johnson on the Caps' first and only power play of the night.

Mike Knuble and Alex Ovechkin also scored for Washington. Knuble's goal tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period, while Ovechkin's goal gave them a 2-1 lead early in the third period. Ovechkin's goal came via deflection when he tipped Mike Green's turnaround slap shot over Johnson's glove hand and right under the left side of the crossbar. The referee initially ruled it a no-goal, but upon review, it was overturned and the Caps took a 2-1 lead at 40 seconds.

James Neal scored twice for the Penguins, including the game-tying goal on the power play with 3:45 remaining. The Penguins finished 1-for-5 with the man advantage. Tomas Vokoun overcame his rocky debut Monday by making 39 saves. Despite being outshot 41-19, the Caps still found a way to win.

A scary moment took place in the third period when Jay Beagle fought Arron Asham. After committing a roughing penalty on Kris Letang, Beagle and Asham squared off with Beagle taking two shots to the face that sent him down to the ice while bleeding profusely. He did not return.

With a 3-0-0 record to start the season, the Caps head back home Saturday to face the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Mike Knuble Scores Early, Ties Game At 1-1 After Second Period

Call Mike Knuble "The Penguins Killer."

Knuble's goal at the start of the second period brought the Washington Capitals back to a 1-1 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the score remains the same after 40 minutes.

Knuble tied the game at 1:20 without even shooting the puck. Knuble corralled the puck low in the offensive zone and drove towards Brent Johnson. Deryk Engelland pushed Knuble off of the puck and into the side of the net, but the loose puck somehow squirted through Johnson's pads and into the net. It was Knuble's first goal of the season and his 31st career goal against the Penguins, the most against any team in his career.

Shots are 21-14 in favor of Pittsburgh, but Washington outshot them 11-9 in the period. The game opened up considerably as both teams had several great scoring chances. Tomas Vokoun has 20 saves, while Johnson has 13 of his own.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Pittsburgh Dominating Possession, Leads Washington 1-0 After First Period

In a rivalry game, it's the Pittsburgh Penguins who are setting the tone.

James Neal's goal less than three minutes into the game has given the Pittsburgh Penguins a 1-0 lead over the Washington Capitals after 20 minutes.

The Penguins did not waste time as they took a 1-0 lead when Neal's one-timer beat Tomas Vokoun just 2:27 into the game. Evgeni Malkin, who was a game-time decision entering Thursday's contest, carried the puck into the offensive zone along the right side. Malkin dropped the puck behind him to Steve Sullivan, who was able to get a cross-ice feed to an open Neal. Vokoun was slow to shift from his right to his left and Neal's shot got past him. It was Neal's third goal of the season.

Pittsburgh has dominated puck possession in the first period and holds a 12-3 shot advantage over Washington. If there is one positive for the Caps to take into the intermission, it's that they've killed off two penalties.

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Washington Capitals Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will renew their rivalry on Thursday night at 7 p.m. While many of the major players in the rivalry will not be on the ice, the two teams always get up for each other, and this game should be no exception. Here is everything you need to know about the game in one tidy spot.

Who: Washington Capitals (1-0-1, four points) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (3-0-1, seven points)

Where: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Penn.

When: 7 p.m.

TV Information: Locally, the game will be broadcasted on CSN Washington, with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. The game is also available on NHL Network.

Radio: Capitals Radio 1500.

Injuries: Michal Neuvirth is out for the Capitals, so Tomas Vokoun will get the start in goal. Sidney Crosby is out for the Penguins, though he did return to full-contact drills. Evgeni Malkin is a game-time decision.

We'll have more updates about Thursday's game in this StoryStream. Remember to visit Japers' Rink and SB Nation D.C. for complete Capitals coverage. Pensburgh and SB Nation Pittsburgh offer the perspective from the Penguins' side.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins, Tomas Vokoun To Start, Mathieu Perreault Scratched

Via The Washington Times' Stephen Whyno, Tomas Vokoun will start for the Washington Capitals Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Vokoun, who overcame a shaky start en route to winning his regular season Washington debut Monday in a 6-5 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, will have a chance to redeem himself Thursday.

Meanwhile, via Mike Vogel, Mathieu Perreault and D.J. King will be the healthy scratches for the Caps Thursday. The Washington Post's Katie Carrera said that the forward lines are the same as they were during Wednesday's practice. With the scratches in mind, Thursday's lineup should look like this:

Ovechkin - Backstrom - Brouwer

Semin - Johansson - Knuble

Chimera - Laich - Ward

Hendricks - Halpern - Beagle

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Evgeni Malkin Injury Update: Malkin Is 'Game-Time Decision' Against Capitals

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Via @PensInsideScoop, Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin is a "game-time decision" Thursday against the Washington Capitals, according to head coach Dan Bylsma.

Malkin has missed Pittsburgh's last two games with a "lower-body injury," but via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi, Malkin's injury is soreness from a scar on his right knee, the same knee that caused him to miss the second half of the season after tearing his ACL and MCL February 4.

While his status for the game is uncertain, Malkin will definitely parficipate in the opening faceoff ceremony scheduled to take place before Thursday's game to honor the Lokomotiv tragedy. The Penguins and Capitals will wear commemorative patches and auction off their jerseys after the game.

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Sidney Crosby Injury Update: Penguins Star Cleared To Practice, Still Out Vs. Capitals

The Pittsburgh Penguins received some good news on Thursday, as star Sidney Crosby was cleared to practice for the first time since suffering a concussion last season. There is still no timetable for Crosby's return to the ice, so he certainly won't play against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, but this is a big step for him.

Crosby was practicing on Thursday, according to the team, and was wearing a black helmet, which means that he can be hit. Via the team:

#Pens captain Sidney Crosby is wearing a black helmet like everyone else at practice. We’ll get an update from coach Bylsma after practice.

Evgeni Malkin was also practicing for the Penguins, but he will not play on Thursday night either.

For much more Crosby coverage, head over to SB Nation Pittsburgh and Pensburgh, who are all over this story. Also, visit SBNation.com for a national perspective on Crosby's return.

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Michal Neuvirth Injury Update: Washington Capitals Goalie Reportedly Out Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

When the Washington Capitals recalled goalie Braden Holtby from the AHL, it meant that another roster move was likely coming. Therefore, it's not surprising to hear that goalie Michael Neuvirth is not making the trip to Pittsburgh for the Capitals' game against the Penguins. Via Katie Carrera of the Washington Post:

Michal Neuvirth, who missed practice on Wednesday with a lower-body injury, did not make the trip to Pittsburgh.

That means that Tomas Vokoun will start for the Capitals, with Holtby as his backup. The Capitals and other NHL teams refer to injuries as "upper-body" and "lower-body," so it is unclear exactly what is ailing Neuvirth beyond that designation. Neuvirth started the Capitals' season-opening 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes last Saturday before yielding to Vokoun for the team's shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Evgeni Malkin Will Not Play Against Caps, According To Reports

Via The Washington Times' Stephen Whyno, multiple reports from Pittsburgh indicate that Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will not play Thursday against the Washington Capitals.

Malkin left Saturday's 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames with what has been called a "lower-body injury." Malkin has not played since, missing Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers and Tuesday's 4-2 home-opening win over the Florida Panthers.

Head coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday that Malkin's injury is not thought to be anything long-term. It is reportedly unrelated to the ACL tear he suffered February 4 that kept him out for the rest of the season.

The Capitals are also dealing with a lower-body injury; goaltender Michal Neuvirth missed practice Wednesday and his status for Thursday's game is uncertain. Washington, however, recalled goalie Braden Holtby from AHL Hershey, which could shed some light on the severity of Neuvirth's injury.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Braden Holtby Recalled From AHL Hershey

Via Mike Vogel, the Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Braden Holtby from AHL Hershey.

Holtby's recall puts Michal Neuvirth's status for Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins into question. Head coach Bruce Boudreau said after Wednesday's practice that Neuvirth sufffered a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. Boudreau. however, said that Neuvirth could possibly play against the Penguins and if he took Thursday's morning skate, there was a "good chance that he'll play."

With that in mind, morning skates are rarely vigorous, so Holtby's arrival could very well signify that he will be with the Caps tonight. In that case, it would seem likely that Tomas Vokoun will get the start for Washington.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Via The Washington Post's Katie Carrera, Neuvirth did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh, which means Vokoun and Holtby will be the Caps' goaltending tandem Thursday.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Rivalry Renewed As Caps, Pens Meet For First Time This Season

To put it lightly, there is no love lost between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Pleasantries surely won't be exchanged Thursday when the Caps play their first road game of the season against the rival Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Caps and Pens are both off to solid starts; Washington enters Thursday's game with a 2-0-0 record after two overtime victories at Verizon Center, while Pittsburgh is the NHL's best team entering Wednesday with a 3-0-1 record.

In regards to the Caps, the biggest news coming out of Wednesday's practice was the revelation that Michal Neuvirth is "day-to-day" with what head coach Bruce Boudreau called a lower-body injury. Boudreau, however, said that Neuvirth could still play Thursday. If not, Tomas Vokoun will have a chance to redeem himself after a shaky start in Monday's 6-5 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Meanwhile, the Penguins, still without Sidney Crosby, did not have Evgeni Malkin the lineup in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers because a lower-body injury of his own. His status for Thursday is uncertain, but head coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday that Malkin's injury was nothing long-term. The Penguins' offense has been doing fine without their biggest contributors. In fact, Matt Cooke is tied with Jason Chimera and two others for the league lead in goals scored entering Wednesday.

The Caps have dominated the Penguins in the regular season in recent years. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Washington is 10-2-4 against Pittsburgh with the last regulation loss coming in March 2008.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Evgeni Malkin Misses Practice

When the Washington Capitals visit the Pittsburgh Penguins this Thursday night, they may not have to contend with the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin. The center missed the Penguins' 4-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Sunday due to lower-body pain. Further, that soreness did not subside enough for him to practice on Wednesday, according to Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post. As such, it's unclear whether Malkin will be available against the Capitals.

The Penguins are already without franchise player Sidney Crosby, as they have been since January, when the 23-year-old suffered a concussion. Despite missing two of their top players for much of the season--Malkin has played in just two games--the Penguins stand at 3-0-1, tops in the NHL. At 2-0-0, Washington is no slouch itself, so Thursday's battle promises to be compelling.

We'll have more updates about Thursday's game in this StoryStream. Remember to visit Japers' Rink and SB Nation DC for complete Capitals coverage. Pensburgh and SB Nation Pittsburgh offer the perspective from the Penguins' side.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Michal Neuvirth 'Day-To-Day' With Lower-Body Injury

Michal Neuvirth did not practice Wednesday and is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

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