NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Washington
(Sunday, February 7th)
Final Score: Washington 5, Pittsburgh 4 (OT)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mike Knuble scored on the power-play with 2:11 remaining in overtime, and Alex Ovechkin recorded a hat trick, as the Washington Capitals fought back from a three-goal deficit to edge Pittsburgh, 5-4, and extend their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games.
Eric Fehr also tallied for the Capitals, while Washington goaltender Jose Theodore made 31 saves.
The last club to win 14 in a row were the Penguins when they set an NHL record with 17 consecutive victories from March 9-April 10, 1993.
"It was really exciting for hockey that this game was on TV," said Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau. "You could see the passion on both sides with some of the best players in the league. I'm just happy we were the ones that turned out on top."
Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal each scored twice for Pittsburgh, which didn't arrive to the team hotel until 2:15 a.m. (et.) because of the blizzard that struck the Nation's Capital.
"I thought our team had plenty of jump and it looked like we felt good," said Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma. "I don't think it was out of the ordinary for any of these guys to have that kind of travel."
Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals on 34 shots to take the loss.
Staal scored two goals in an 84-second span in the second period to give Pittsburgh a 4-1 cushion. His second tally came off a nifty setup by Evgeni Malkin at 13:07.
Fehr put a backhander on net and buried his own rebound to make it a two-goal game with 2:48 remaining in the middle stanza.
The Penguins lost to the Canadiens on Saturday and were forced to take a flight from Montreal to Newark, New Jersey and then endure a five-hour bus ride to Washington because of the crippling storm.
The difficult circumstances might have caught up to the club as the Caps rallied in the third period.
Ovechkin swatted a rebound after deflecting a Tom Poti shot at 6:51 and completed the trifecta a little over four minutes later. Ovechkin, who now boasts a league-leading 42 goals, took a drop pass from Knuble after a Nicklas Backstrom faceoff win and snapped the puck behind a stunned Pittsburgh netminder.
Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik caught Washington forward Alexander Semin with a high stick at 2:26 of the extra session and Ovechkin unloaded a shot from the left wing that hit the post before Knuble pushed in the rebound.
Crosby staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old.
The Pittsburgh captain picked off Tyler Sloan, who went for the stretch pass from his own zone, and beat Theodore on the backhand at 6:59. Crosby converted a power play exactly three minutes later.
Ovechkin scored on a breakaway to put Washington on the board at the 9:01 mark of the second period.
Backstrom and Malkin both had two assists...The Caps haven't lost since a 7-4 setback at Tampa Bay on January 12...Theodore has won 10 consecutive starts...Left winger Chris Kunitz returned to the lineup for Pittsburgh. He missed 15 games after undergoing abdominal surgery.
02/07 17:06:52 ET