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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Pittsburgh



(Monday, January 21st)

Final Score: Washington 6, Pittsburgh 5 (SO)

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin scored the game-winner in the final round of the shootout as the Washington Capitals garnered a rare win in Pittsburgh with a 6-5 victory over the Penguins at Mellon Arena.

In the third round, after Jarkko Ruutu tied the shootout when he roofed a backhander past Olaf Kolzig, Semin skated in on net and slipped a backhand past Ty Conklin for the win.

Alexander Ovechkin had two goals and an assist, while Viktor Kozlov had his second straight two-goal game for the Capitals, who are on a season-high four- game winning streak.

"Everyone who played on penalty kill did a good job," said Ovechkin. "Saved the puck and gave the game to the shootout. In the shootout we finally had some luck. Big two points and a big win."

Kolzig finished the game with just 10 saves for Washington, which snapped a seven-game losing streak in the Steel City. It was Washington's first win in Pittsburgh since December 3, 2002.

Evgeni Malkin had two goals and an assist, while Conklin got the loss in net for giving up one goal on 17 shots in regulation and the game-winner in the shootout for the Penguins, who have dropped two of three, but are now one point ahead of Philadelphia and New Jersey for first place in the Atlantic Division. Dany Sabourin started in net but was pulled after giving up four goals on 13 shots.

"It was a type of game that coaches don't like," said Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien. "We gave up a lot of goals. It is great for the fans, a lot of excitement. We were in the position to pick up two points tonight. We took a bad penalty on their last goal, they scored and took advantage of it. But we did pick up three out of four points without Sidney that is a positive."

Before the game, Pittsburgh placed Sidney Crosby on injured reserve due to an injury with his right ankle. The reigning Hart Trophy winner was hurt after he was pulled down from behind by Tampa Bay defenseman Paul Ranger. Crosby slammed into the end boards, jamming his right foot with 12:23 left in the first period. He is expected to undergo further testing on Tuesday to determine the extent of his injury.

Pittsburgh broke a 4-4 tie at the 5:04 mark of the third period with a power- play goal. Sergei Gonchar blasted a shot from the high slot that Ryan Malone tipped in under the crossbar. The played was reviewed to see if Malone hit the puck with a high stick, but the goal was allowed to stand.

The Penguins, though, took three straight penalties and on the last one, Washington made them pay. Matt Pettinger had the puck at the low right side of the net and centered it to Kozlov, who one-timed it past Conklin with 4:31 to play.

The Penguins grabbed a 1-0 lead just 4:30 into the game as Maxime Talbot brought the puck down the right boards, skated out front and stuffed the puck past Kolzig.

Washington, though, scored the next two goals, as Tomas Fleischmann scored with 9:17 left in the first and Kozlov got his seventh goal of the year as he banged home a rebound off his own shot with 3:56 left in the opening frame.

Pittsburgh, though, tied the game as Malkin's backhand shot from the slot through traffic got past Kolzig with 3:11 left in the first.

Washington took a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal just 1:48 into the second, as Fleischmann sent a pass from the right circle to the left, where Ovechkin one-timed it past Sabourin.

However, the Penguins got two power-play goals to surge ahead. Malkin got his second goal of the game as he let fly with a wrister from the slot that beat Kolzig into the right corner at the 3:34 mark of the second, and less than three minutes later Petr Sykora's one-timer from the low right circle gave the home team a 4-3 lead.

Ovechkin, though, blasted a one-timer from the left circle on the fly that beat Sabourin over the glove with 12:02 to play in the second period to tie the game and chase Sabourin from the net.

Game Notes

Pittsburgh hits the road for three games starting in Philadelphia on Thursday...Washington plays in Toronto on Wednesday...Pittsburgh had won six straight overall against Washington...Pittsburgh went 3-for-8 on the power play while Washington finished 2-for-6.

01/22 00:59:32 ET


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