Pittsburgh 4, Washington 0

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 14-8-0-0 9-3-0-0 5-5-0-0 W2
Washington 12-9-0-1 8-4-0-0 4-5-0-1 L1

Recap



Penguins 4, Capitals 0: Captain Sidney Crosby collected a power-play goal and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 18 shots to extend his franchise record to 25 shutouts as visiting Pittsburgh defeated Washington for the fifth straight time.

Defenseman Paul Martin and James Neal also scored and set up a goal and Beau Bennett added his first of the season. Evgeni Malkin notched a pair of assists for the third time in four contests for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game losing skid on the road and moved three points up on the second-place Capitals in the Metropolitan Division.

Martin opened the scoring 6:38 into the first period after his wrist shot from just inside the blue line beat Braden Holtby (36 saves), who was screened by Chris Kunitz. Bennett doubled the scoring just over five minutes later after accepting Malkin's feed before skating into the offensive zone and wristing a shot from the right circle that sailed inside the left post.

With Pittsburgh on the power play, Crosby padded the lead with 29 seconds remaining in the middle session after converting a brilliant tic-tac-toe play. The superstar snapped a sharp-angle shot from deep in the left circle that sailed under the crossbar for his second goal in as many games and 11th of the season.

Neal capped the scoring 7:16 into the third and Fleury needed to make just four saves in the session to preserve his second shutout of the season.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Capitals saw their three-game winning streak come to an end and fell for just the third time in 10 contests (7-2-1). ... Malkin increased his assist total to 19, moving him one behind San Jose captain Joe Thornton for the NHL lead. ... Washington D Mike Green missed his third straight game with a lower-body contusion. 

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   Washington
Sidney Crosby 2 Points N/A
Sidney Crosby 1 Goals N/A
Evgeni Malkin 2 Assists N/A
Sidney Crosby 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marc-Andre Fleury 1.000 Save Percentage Braden Holtby .900
Marc-Andre Fleury 18 Saves Braden Holtby 36

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 40 4 1-3 3-3 6 30
Washington 18 0 0-3 2-3 6 32

Upcoming Games

  • Washington will play its next game at home against Montreal. The Capitals have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game at home against NY Islanders. The Penguins have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .500 after a loss.