Pens score three early goals and beat the Caps 5-3 to even series 2-2

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PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins finally discovered a few holes in rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov's game, and his glove, and are now in a familiar position in the playoffs against Washington. They're surging, and the momentum-less Capitals are slipping.
The Penguins shook off an opening-minute Washington goal, scored three times in less than 12 minutes in the first period against a suddenly vulnerable Varlamov and beat the Capitals 5-3 Friday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at two games each.
The Capitals won't get much time to regroup and try to regain the momentum they gave up by losing twice in Pittsburgh, with Game 5 set for their home ice Saturday night.
Washington scored one-goal victories at home in each of the first two games as Alex Ovechkin scored a combined four goals, but he was shut out for the first time in the series Friday while being constantly shadowed by defenceman Rob Scuderi.
Ovechkin wasn't a factor while being held to only two shots, while Penguins star Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is unhappy at playing twice in two nights in two cities, all because of a Yanni concert in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He may be even more displeased with the Capitals' first major letdown in the series, which may have prevented them from taking a 3-1 lead back home for a possible close-out game.
Instead, the Penguins have a chance to do what they did against the Capitals in 1992 and 1996, when they trailed 2-0 in both series only to rally and win. Washington trailed the Rangers 3-1 in the first round before winning the next three games.

Organizations: Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rangers

Geographic location: Washington, PITTSBURGH

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