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Ovechkin propels surging Capitals, 5-2

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Alex Ovechkin celebrates after scoring 35 seconds into the first period. — GETTY

WASHINGTON — The Penguins, to a man, weren't horribly disappointed in their performance during a 5-2 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday night at Verizon Center.

Even Mike Sullivan, who generally takes each loss like it's Game 7, seemed satisfied with his team's effort.

That's the thing about the Capitals. When they're at their best — the win gave them seven consecutive victories — they are more than capable of beating the Penguins, especially when the champs aren't clicking. An average performance won't do it against the Capitals, because their star power can actually rival that of the Penguins.

Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby were the two best players on the ice, which, in turn, meant the Penguins tasted defeat for a second consecutive time this season in Washington: