Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz, center, celebrates his goal with teammate Sidney Crosby (87) and Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The Associated Press
Washington Capitals center Mike Ribeiro (9) fights for the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Chris Kunitz scored a hat trick in the Pittsburgh Penguins' Super Bowl Sunday visit to the nation's capital, leading a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals that reflected both teams' fortunes so far in the lockout-shortened season.
Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Matt Cooke also scored, Sidney Crosby had three assists, and Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves against his former team for the Penguins, who have won three straight and four of five to lead the Atlantic Division.
Mike Green, John Carlson and Mike Ribeiro scored for the Capitals — and Carlson's goal was an accident that took a weird carom off a stanchion along the glass.