Instant Analysis: Penguins 6, Caps 3

Instant Analysis: Penguins 6, Caps 3
February 3, 2013, 3:15 pm
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HOTO GALLERY: CAPS VS. PENGUINS (2/3/2012)

Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 6-3 Super Sunday loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins

What it means: The Capitals’ loss was their seventh in nine games [2-6-1] and dropped them to 14th in the Eastern Conference with a chance to drop to 15th, pending the Florida Panthers’ result against the Sabres.

Ovechkin watch: Alex Ovechkin said before the game that he is embarrassed by his point totals and he added to that total with a secondary assist on Mike Ribeiro’s third-period power-play goal. Ovechkin now has two goals and two assists in nine games. All but one assist have come on the man-advantage.

Goalie troubles: Braden Holtby allowed six goals on just 26 shots and has now allowed 18 goals in four games.

Trade Fodder: Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis was in attendance, raising all sorts of trade speculation involving goaltender Roberto Luongo. After the game Caps general manager George McPhee said he has not had any trade discussions with Gillis and does not intend to in the future.

Look ahead: The Capitals return to action Tuesday night at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs.