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Pens' win streak at 10 games with 2-1 victory

 Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) celebrates his third-period goal with center Sidney Crosby (87) in an NHL hockey game against the Wa...
 Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) is upended by Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich (21) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in P...
 Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) collides with Pittsburgh Penguins center Tyler Kennedy (48) during the first period of an NHL hockey ...
 Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin sits on the boards in front of his bench with coach Adam Oates behind him during a first-period timeout i...

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) celebrates his third-period goal with center Sidney Crosby (87) in an NHL hockey game against the Wa...

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) is upended by Washington Capitals' Brooks Laich (21) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in P...

Capitals Penguins Hockey

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) collides with Pittsburgh Penguins center Tyler Kennedy (48) during the first period of an NHL hockey ...

Capitals Penguins Hockey

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin sits on the boards in front of his bench with coach Adam Oates behind him during a first-period timeout i...

Matt Niskanen's goal and a key penalty kill extended the Pittsburgh Penguins' winning streak to 10 games in the NHL.
Niskanen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Sidney Crosby had two assists as the Penguins beat the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in his NHL-leading 16th win of the season.
Crosby picked up his league-leading 36th and 37th assists for the Penguins, who were without reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) for the sixth game in a row.
"Obviously it's an important time in the game and I thought the penalty kill did an amazing job of stepping up to the challenge," Niskanen said. "We created a lot of energy and some momentum from that. You could feel the crowd getting into it and we were able to go out on a rush there and finish and get the game-winner."
The winning streak is the longest of the season for the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins and the second-longest in the NHL this season. The Penguins are the first team in NHL history to have 10-game win streaks in three consecutive seasons.
"The importance is probably greater just because of a shortened season, but I think the good thing for us is that we're playing so many games and I don't think anyone is thinking a whole lot about it, we're just going out there and playing the way that we need to," Crosby said.
Braden Holtby made 34 saves for Washington. Alexander Ovechkin scored his 12th goal of the season.
At Newark, Michael Del Zotto scored a short-handed goal and set up Rick Nash's game winner to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over struggling New Jersey.
Sergei Gonchar scored with 1 minute left for Ottawa, which netted four goals in the third period of a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders at Uniondale.
The Kings beat the Coyotes 3-2 at Los Angeles, with Jonathan Bernier making a career-high 40 saves and defenseman Drew Doughty ending a 32-game, regular-season goal drought.
Shane Doan scored twice in the third period for the Coyotes, who were shut out in their three previous games.
In other matches, the Panthers had a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes, the Blue Jackets edged the Predators 4-3, Steve Ott scored in overtime to lift the Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Canadiens in Montreal, the Winnipeg Jets beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 and the Canucks held out the St. Louis Blues 3-2 at Vancouver.


Updated : 2021-04-17 18:43 GMT+08:00