Capitals defeat Penguins, 1-0
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WASHINGTON. D.C. -- Washington defeated the Penguins, 1-0, at the Verizon Center tonight.
The loss was the Penguins' sixth in a row, making it their longest losing streak since Jan. 26-Feb. 8, when they also lost six consecutive games.
Washington's victory lifted it into a tie with the Penguins (21-17-4) for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Dustin Jeffrey returned to the Penguins' lineup after missing 24 games because of the linger effects of knee surgery as did defenseman Paul Martin, who missed their 5-1 loss to Ottawa Tuesday night because of illness.
However, the Penguins played without rookie defenseman Simon Despres. He is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with a sprained knee sustained during a 5-1 loss to Ottawa Tuesday.
Washington got the only goal of the evening at 15:25 of the opening period, after Penguins center Evgeni Malkin lost the puck in the Capitals' zone to trigger an odd-man rush the other way.
Jason Chimera moved down the slot alone, took a feed from Jeff Halpern and beat Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on the stick side.
Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun earned the shutout by stopping 30 shots.
The Penguins are off until Friday, when they will visit Florida at 7:38 p.m.
First Published January 11, 2012 10:02 pm