When it comes to national television matchups, there is perhaps no better than the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. When these two, longtime rivals play one another, a playoff-like feel is apparent and tempers can sometimes flare. During the team’s opening period against the Pens, Washington Capitals Center Nic Dowd was sucker-punched by Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
With the puck leaving the Caps’ defensive zone, Crosby and Dowd became entangled in a scuffle, which ended with the Penguins’ superstar throwing a left to the jaw of Dowd, who fell to the ice momentarily.
— Capitals Replays (@capsreplays) April 9, 2022
The play drew a penalty from the officials, however Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored prior to Pittsburgh gaining possession of the puck, negating a potential power play for the visiting Caps.
More career highs! This time it’s Orly with his 11th goal of the season pic.twitter.com/4XUf810srI
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 9, 2022
This is not the first incident in which Crosby has reacted in such a way against the Capitals this season. In an eventual 6-1 Caps win, Crosby sent Washington defenseman Martin Fehervary into the end-boards, which did not receive disciplinary action from the NHL.
Crosby taking out some frustration in his return to the lineup. Pens down 5-1 to Caps pic.twitter.com/zHD40mg7OW
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 15, 2021
By Michael Fleetwood