PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Landon Wilson wasn't acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins
to spark their power play, but he did just that.
A checking forward with three power-play goals in 339 previous NHL games,
Wilson scored twice with the man advantage to help Pittsburgh beat the
Washington Capitals 4-1 and push the Penguins' unbeaten streak to six.
``I got an opportunity to get on the power play, but they had nothing to do
with me,'' said Wilson, who has five goals in 11 games since being acquired
Feb. 22 from Phoenix. ``Dickie Tarnstrom made a great pass to me on the second
one, and I got a lucky bounce on the first one.''
Wilson staked the Penguins to a 1-0 lead 6:31 in when his shot from the goal
line extended to the right of goaltender Olaf Kolzig bounced off Kolzig's arm
and into the net. Wilson added his second of the night with 7:48 to play when
he beat Kolzig from the left circle off Tarnstrom's perfect pass.
``I'm just trying to go out there and play hard and earn my keep,'' said
Wilson, who has points in five of eight games. ``I'm getting a chance to play,
and I'm getting (scoring) chances, and when that happens some of them are going
to go in.''
Mike Eastwood and Matt Hussey, playing his first NHL game, also scored for
the last-place Penguins, 5-0-1 in their last six games and 7-2-2 in their last
11. Pittsburgh, unbeaten in four home games (3-0-1) after enduring a 16-game
home winless streak, climbed within five points of Washington in the overall
The rebuilding Capitals, whose only goal came from Alexander Semin, have
lost eight of nine and four straight on the road.
``We're in a rebuilding stage, and let's face facts. It's not going to be an
easy year or two years,'' Washington defenseman Brendan Witt said. ``It's a
little tough right now, because no one likes to lose. I've never experienced
anything like this in my whole hockey life.''
After Wilson's fifth goal of the season gave Pittsburgh the lead, Eastwood
made it 2-0 with 53.5 seconds left in the period when he deflected Ric
Jackman's shot from the right point past Kolzig for his fourth goal.
``He has been a tremendous pickup,'' Penguins coach Ed Olczyk said of
Wilson. ``We like to see solid individuals get an opportunity to play. He has
been in the league a while, and he has the experience.''
Hussey, an emergency recall from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL earlier in
the day after Aleksey Morozov developed a sore back, fired a backhander past
Kolzig on his first shot at 8:07 of the second period to make it 3-0.
On Tuesday, Hussey participated in a game-day skate with
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in preparation for a game against Philadelphia.
``We had just finished the skate and the coach called me into his office,''
Hussey said. ``I had no idea what it was about, and I was pretty shocked and
excited at the same time. I just wanted to play hard in the system and try to
do my best. The goal _ that's an extra.''
Just 1:28 after Hussey's goal, Semin beat goaltender Sebastien Caron from
the left circle on the power play after taking a pass from Josef Boumedienne at
the right point.
``We're getting behind the eight-ball and playing catch-up all the time,''
Washington's Brian Willsie said. ``It's kind of embarrassing, because we've got
a capable team here and it just comes down to effort and hard work.''