Washington
Capitals
23-46-10-3
Pittsburgh
Penguins
23-47-8-4

21 SOG
27 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
WSH
PIT
game recap

Washington Capitals 1, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:23 AM

Associated Press

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 standings.

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.''

scoring summary
1st Period
06:31
PIT
PPG - Landon Wilson (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Kraft (18), Richard Jackman (12)
1 - 0 PIT
19:06
PIT
Mike Eastwood (4) Tip-in - ASST: Richard Jackman (13), Kelly Buchberger (2)
2 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
08:07
PIT
PPG - Matt Hussey (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Lasse Pirjeta (9), Brooks Orpik (7)
3 - 0 PIT
09:35
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (8) Snap shot - ASST: Josef Boumedienne (8), Jeff Halpern (20)
3 - 1 PIT
3rd Period
12:12
PIT
PPG - Landon Wilson (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Dick Tarnstrom (32), Lasse Pirjeta (10)
4 - 1 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
03:08
PIT
Josef Melichar  Roughing against  Stephen Peat
03:08
WSH
Stephen Peat  Roughing against  Josef Melichar
03:08
WSH
Stephen Peat  Elbowing (maj) against  Kelly Buchberger
2nd Period
04:05
WSH
Joel Kwiatkowski  Interference - Obstruction against  Konstantin Koltsov
05:25
WSH
Craig Johnson  Hi-sticking against  Konstantin Koltsov
05:25
WSH
Craig Johnson  Hi-sticking against  Konstantin Koltsov
09:30
PIT
Dick Tarnstrom  Tripping against  Bates Battaglia
3rd Period
00:23
WSH
Alexander Semin  Hooking - Obstruction against  Ryan Malone
01:50
PIT
Tom Kostopoulos  Interference on goalkeeper against  Olie Kolzig
09:39
PIT
Josef Melichar  Slashing against  Alexander Semin
11:38
WSH
Josef Boumedienne  Hooking against  Milan Kraft
20:00
PIT
Konstantin Koltsov  Slashing
20:00
WSH
Brad Norton  Roughing
goalie stats
Olie Kolzig
SA: 27TOI: 59:55
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 10
SV%: .852SH: 0 - 0
Sebastien Caron
Sebastien Caron
SA: 21TOI: 59:55
Saves: 20EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .952SH: 1 - 1