With the Pittsburgh Penguins trailing 2-0 in the second-period, they needed a spark in the worst way. The Jared McCann-Sidney Crosby-Jake Guentzel line combined for five points for the rest of the game and it sparked Pittsburgh to a 5-3 victory at home over the Washington Capitals.
Jakub Vrana scored with 33 seconds remaining in the first-period for Washington and he also scored with 9:36 remaining in the second-period to give them a 2-0 lead.
Jake Guentzel scored with 7:23 remaining in the second-period for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby scored 47 seconds later. He also scored a power-play goal 1:02 seconds later.
Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal for Pittsburgh with 8:04 remaining in regulation. Evgeni Malkin recorded two assists in the game, including the one on the Kessel goal. The assist on the Phil Kessel goal was Evgeni Malkin’s 1,000th career point.
John Carlson scored a power-play goal for the Washington Capitals with 5:58 remaining in regulation. Alex Ovechkin assisted on that goal and he recorded his 1,200th career point on that assist.
Jared McCann scored an empty net goal with 56 seconds remaining in regulation. Pittsburgh won the season series against Washington 3-1. Hopefully this isn’t the last time this season these two teams are facing each other. Hopefully they will meet each other again in the postseason.
Braden Holtby made 25 saves for the Capitals. Matt Murray made 38 saves for the Penguins. Washington’s next game will be against the Philadelphia Flyers on the road on Thursday night. Pittsburgh’s next game will be against the Buffalo Sabres on the road on Thursday night.