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Tuesday, March 27th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (43-23-10) at Washington Capitals (26-37-13), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to keep their winning ways alive tonight, when they visit Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

The Penguins have won two straight and seven of their last nine contests and come into Tuesday's action tied with New Jersey for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Devils, who will visit the Islanders this evening, have held the division lead and the second seed in the Eastern Conference for most of the season.

Pittsburgh had an easy victory Sunday afternoon against visiting Boston. Sidney Crosby scored two goals and added an assist to help the Pens skate to a 5-0 rout of the Bruins at Mellon Arena.

Gary Roberts chipped in with a goal and two assists while Sergei Gonchar contributed a pair of helpers for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin and Ryan Malone also tallied goals for Pittsburgh.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 29 shots faced to record his fifth shutout of the season.

As for Crosby, he is still leading the NHL with 111 points (34 goals, 77 assists) and the 19-year-old is on his way to becoming the youngest scoring champion in league history.

Tonight marks the beginning of a three-game road trip for the Penguins, who are 18-14-5 as the visiting club this year.

Washington is coming off an 0-3 road trip and ended that swing with Saturday's 4-1 setback in Montreal. Alex Kovalev scored twice to lead the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Chris Clark scored the lone Washington goal and Olaf Kolzig finished with 36 saves for the Capitals, who have dropped seven in a row on the road and 14 of their last 15 away games. Washington has also lost three straight and 12 of its last 14 overall tests.

Ovechkin was held without a point for the fourth time in his last five games, but still has 43 goals and 43 assists on the season.

Washington is 16-15-7 as the host club this year and has won its last two tests on home ice.

The Penguins are 3-0 against the Caps this year and has taken seven of the last eight overall matchups in the series.

03/27 10:46:22 ET


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