WASHINGTON — Chris Kunitz scored the tiebreaking goal at 2:36 of the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Washington 2-1 on Thursday night to keep the Capitals winless under new coach Dale Hunter.
Craig Adams also scored for the Penguins, who improved to 4-1-1 since captain Sidney Crosby returned to following an 11-month absence with a concussion.
Jason Chimera got his team-leading 10th goal for the Capitals, who were 11-0-2
against their bitter rivals in the regular season since March 8, 2009.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 33 shots, but the Capitals couldn’t back his effort with any firepower on the other end of the ice. The Capitals took only 17 shots against Marc-Andre Fleury in their second consecutive 2-1 loss since Hunter, a former Capitals star, replaced the fired Bruce Boudreau on Monday.
Crosby was held without a point for only the second time in six games since his return.
RANGERS 5, HURRICANES 3
In Raleigh, N.C., Ryan McDonagh, Marian Gaborik and Sean Avery scored in a 4:53 span of the second period and New York rallied to beat Carolina for its fourth consecutive win.
Ryan Callahan and Michael Sauer had the other goals for the Rangers, who got points from 14 players and earned their 11th win in 13 games. Martin Biron made 28 saves.
New York remained three points behind Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh, but the Rangers have played four fewer games than the Penguins.
Derek Joslin, Jeff Skinner and Jiri Tlutsy scored goals for Carolina.
DUCKS: Two days of unemployment were plenty for Boudreau. The fired Washington coach has already jumped into his next NHL rebuilding project with Anaheim.
Boudreau ran his first practice with the Ducks on Thursday, a few hours after Anaheim abruptly replaced coach Randy Carlyle with a former teammate.