The Winter Classic 2011 score was relatively low. However, the Winter Classic 2011 score was perfectly acceptable for the Washington Capitals. They got a 3-1 win without any big plays from Alex Ovechkin, and overcame both the rain and a big, hostile crowd. Coming into the game, the Capitals may have been the overlooked team, given the Penguins’ hot streak, Sidney Crosby’s recent point streak, and Washington’s past struggles. But in the Winter Classic 2011, the score gave the Capitals the edge back in the NHL’s biggest rivalry.
Delaying the game from 1 pm to 8 pm allowed them to get it in, although the rain did ultimately fall. It made for often difficult conditions, but it didn’t stop the two teams from getting shots off. Both teams got off over 30 shots each, yet they were held to no goals in the first period.
The Winter Classic 2011 score got started when Pittsburgh’s overlooked superstar, Evgeni Malkin, got a breakaway goal early in the second. However, Washington quickly struck back, as Mike Knuble poked in a goal past a crowd of players.
The deciding goal came on a mistake from Marc-Andre Fleury, as he misplayed the puck behind the net. He couldn’t get back in time to stop Eric Fehr from tapping into an empty net, giving Washington the lead for good.
To cap off the Winter Classic 2011 score, Fehr struck again without the benefit of an empty net. His second goal came with eight minutes left, as the ice was getting worse. Still, despite bad conditions working against this event for the first time, they got the whole game in.
Buffalo, Chicago and Boston hosted this game with no troubles, yet Pittsburgh had to overcome rain, unusually warm temperatures, and a seven hour delay. The Penguins couldn’t even provide a win for their troubles, as they lost their second straight, and Crosby was actually held pointless again. Ovechkin was shut out too, but it didn’t slow Washington down.
For the Capitals, the Winter Classic 2011 score offered a needed lift. A long losing streak last month cost them their division lead, and even after last night, they are tied with the Lightning. However, red hot regular seasons haven’t helped the Capitals in the playoffs, so perhaps a more difficult one is a good sign.
The Penguins remain only two points ahead of the Flyers in their division, although most agree they are the best team in hockey right now. But the Winter Classic 2011 cooled them off, to make up for the lack of cool conditions around them.
SI.com- “Capitals 3, Penguins 1”