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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Pittsburgh



(Saturday, February 3rd)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Washington 0

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ronald Petrovicky scored the game-winning goal and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 30 shots faced as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-0, at Mellon Arena.

Fleury was brilliant in the contest, including making 13 saves in the final period. Rookie center Jordan Staal added an empty-net tally in the win.

The Penguins, who have won six straight games and eight of their last nine, will travel to Montreal to play the Canadiens Sunday afternoon.

Olaf Kolzig was steady in goal for the Capitals, stopping 18-of-19 pucks in defeat. Washington, which has lost three straight and eight of its last 10, will host the New York Islanders Sunday.

In what was expected to be a high-scoring contest, both teams were held scoreless in the opening stanza with the goaltenders playing key roles in the frame.

The Capitals had a glorious opportunity with 11:01 remaining in the period while shorthanded. Washington broke out two-on-one with Brooks Laich feeding the puck over to Brian Sutherby, who was stoned by Fleury to keep the game scoreless.

Pittsburgh had a two-on-one chance of its own with just over four minutes remaining in the frame. Sidney Crosby setup Erik Christensen in front of the Washington goal, but Kolzig got the pad down along the ice to put an end to the rush.

Both teams killed off two minor penalties in the period.

Alexander Ovechkin, who is most known for his goal-scoring prowess, had the hit of the period. While the Capitals were on the power play, the Russian star caught Maxime Talbot with his head down in the Penguins' offensive zone, putting a shoulder into the Pittsburgh center, who had to be helped off the ice. Talbot did not return to the game.

The game remained scoreless until midway through the second stanza. Pittsburgh got on the board when Petrovicky picked up a loose puck, skated down the right side to the top of the circle and took a wrist shot that appeared to surprise Kolzig, beating the Washington netminder through the five-hole to give the Pens a 1-0 lead.

There was no further scoring in the period and Pittsburgh took the slim advantage into the second intermission.

Washington had a great scoring chance midway through the final stanza when Eric Fehr skated down the right side and took a close-in wrist shot that Fleury had an answer for with a body save.

The Capitals owned the puck in the third period, outshooting the Pens 13-5, but Pittsburgh was able to maintain the 1-0 advantage. Washington pulled the goaltender in favor of the extra attacker in the last minute of play, but couldn't generate any significant chances.

Staal scored an empty-net goal for the Penguins with 38 seconds remaining to account for the second marker of the game and seal the win for Pittsburgh.

Game Notes

The Capitals finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Pittsburgh was 0-for-3 with the man advantage...Ovechkin came into the contest with an NHL-best 33 goals...Crosby, who led the league with 57 assists and 82 points prior to the game, was held pointless.

02/03 17:20:34 ET


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