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Insider Only Capitals go for clean sweep this afternoon

Previous Meetings
10/16/08: Capitals 4 – Penguins 3
1/14/09: Capitals 6 – Penguins 3
2/22/09: Capitals 5 – Penguins 2
Crosby vs Ovechkin Part II – Quotes

Alexander Ovechkin on Sidney Crosby following Saturday’s practice
“We’re emotional guys, and we play hard, and when we have something on our mind and we want to say something, we say it,” Ovechkin said today. “I don’t want to say he talks too much but he’s talking.”
Sidney Crosby after Saturday’s practice
“A lot of things happen on the ice, and that’s where they need to stay. But there’s a certain point, too, a certain respect level.”
Capitals go for first sweep against Penguins in team history
A win this afternoon will be the Capitals first sweep against the Penguins in team history. Washington went 6-0-1 vs. Pittsburgh in 1984-85.
New Coach, New Results
The Capitals are 4-1-1 against the Penguins since Bruce Boudreau was named head coach in November of 2007 and 3-0 against the Penguins this season. In the Capitals 8 games against Pittsburgh prior to the Boudreau hiring, the Capitals were 1-7 against the Penguins.
Current Streaks
Pittsburgh (34-26-6-74pts) is currently on a 5 game winning (4-0 on the road. Washington (40-21-5-85pts) are in the midst of a three game losing streak. Big game for both teams. Washington (3rd seed) are two points behind the Devils for the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh fell back to the 9th spot last night after Carolina beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 9-3.
Lineup News
Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin
Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora/Dupuis
Cooke – Staal – Kennedy
Dupuis/Sykora – Talbot – Adams/Godard
Defensemen
Orpik – Gonchar
Gill – Scuderi
Eaton – Letang
Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal
* Petr Sykora skated on the 4th line yesterday in practice. The team is saying he is suffering from a upper body injury. He will be a game-time decision and I will try to get some info around 1:00 p.m. when some of my sources arrive at the game.
Injury News
PIT:  Petr Sykora Рgame time-decision
WAS: Michael Nylander – Out (shoulder injury)

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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