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Caps upstage Pens in NHL Winter Classic

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Eric Fehr #16 of the Washington Capitals celebrates scoring in third period as Paul Martin #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on during the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic at Heinz Field on January 1, 2011 in Pittsburgh. (Getty/Jamie Sabau)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eric Fehr upstaged stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin by scoring twice and the Washington Capitals waded through rain drops to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in a wet Winter Classic on Saturday night.

It was the NHL’s first nighttime Winter Classic, and the first played in occasional rain, but the Capitals handled the elements — and a scoreless Crosby — just fine.

Fehr gave Washington its first lead at 2-1 in the second period after Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury abandoned the net, then sealed it with a breakaway goal in the third.

Washington goalie Semyon Varlamov, starting because of Michal Neuvirth’s thigh injury, gave up Evgeni Malkin’s goal in the second period but turned aside the other 32 shots.

The game was originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m., before the NHL moved the start because of the rain threat.

(Copyright: The Associated Press)

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