Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens' 5-2 loss against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.
*The Pens' struggles at Verizon Center this season continue after another setback in the nation's capital. They've lost both contests in Washington this season by a 12-3 count.
*The Pens' fate changed late in the third period. Pittsburgh trailed 3-1 while killing a penalty when center Matt Cullen had a shorthanded breakaway. His shot went off of the crossbar. A Pittsburgh goal there swings the momentum in its direction. Instead the Caps respond with a power-play strike to make it 4-1. Game over. It was just a matter of inches and it went Washington's way.
*The Pens power play was a bright spot in the game. Pittsburgh scored twice with the man-advantage on 5 chances. Evgeni Malkin buried a beautiful 1-timer in the low circle, while Patric Hornqvist had a tap-in at the edge of the crease. Pittsburgh's power play can beat you in many different fashions.
*Justin Schultz extended his career-long point streak to 6 games with an assist (1G-5A). Meanwhile Phil Kessel's point streak now stands at 6 games (2G-6A).
*Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury surrendered a goal to Alex Ovechkin just 35 seconds into the game. Though the stage was set for the bottom to fall out, Fleury rebounded. He was pressured early, late and all in-between. Fleury made 25 saves, but most of them were high-quality scoring chances. Fleury gave his team a chance to win. That's all you can ask of your netminder.
*We'll end this on a congratulatory note. Ovechkin, in dramatic and fitting fashion, scored a beautiful goal just 35 seconds into the game to net his 1,000th career NHL point. Ovechkin has been a joy to watch for the past 10-plus years. Love him or hate him, you can't deny his talent, passion and brilliance on the ice. Ovechkin is an amazing generational player and here's hoping he makes it to 2,000.