Penguins win 10th straight game with 2-1 victory over Capitals
Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (7) is mobbed after scoring in the second period against the Capitals.
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The Penguins extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals tonight at Consol Energy Center.
It was also their eighth home win in a row and gave them a three-game season series sweep of the Capitals.
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 16th win.
The Penguins played without center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang, both injured.
Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring for Washington with a power-play goal at 8:14 of the second period. Troy Brouwer took a shot that never made it to the net, instead glancing off of the Penguins' Matt Niskanen and out to Ovechkin, who blasted it past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from the left circle to make it 1-0.
The Penguins answered with a power-play goal to tie it, 1-1, at 11:07 of the second period. After a blocked shot, Sidney Crosby passed the puck back to Paul Martin, whose shot from the center point eluded goaltender Braden Holtby, who was screened by the Penguins' Brandon Sutter.
The Penguins got a boost in the third period when they killed four minutes of Washington power play after Matt Cooke was penalized for boarding Ovechkin and also got an unsportsmanlike minor penalty.
Nine seconds after the Penguins were back at full strength, Matt Niskanen gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead, at 11:58 of the third period, with a shot from the right edge of the slot. Crosby got one of the assists, giving him an NHL-leading 50 points.
The Penguin's next game is Friday on the road against the New York Islanders.
First Published March 19, 2013 10:12 pm