NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Washington|
(Wednesday, November 20th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Washington 0
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 18 shots he
faced for his second shutout of the season, and four different Pittsburgh
players lit the lamp as the Penguins shut down Washington, 4-0, in the first
meeting between these new Metropolitan Division rivals at Verizon Center.
Paul Martin, Beau Bennett, Sidney Crosby and James Neal tallied for the
Penguins, the Metro leaders who have won three of four and increased
their lead over the Caps to three points.
Evgeni Malkin contributed two assists for the victorious visitors.
Braden Holtby made 36 saves in defeat for the Capitals, whose three-game win
streak came to a halt.
"There's lots of ways to lose games, and that's not really one way you want to
do it," Washington head coach Adam Oates said of his team being blanked.
Pittsburgh picked up its first goal when Crosby won a right-circle draw back
to Martin, whose offering appeared to deflect off Chris Kunitz and hit the net
on the short side at 6:38 of the opening period. Nonetheless, Martin was
credited with his second of the season.
"Our start was great, we came out hard, really set the tone and got that first
[goal], which was important to us," Crosby said.
It was 2-0 for the visitors with 8:03 left in the frame, as Bennett slid
between three Caps defenders and beat Holtby on a partially-deflected wrister
from the right circle.
Crosby finished off a slick four-person passing play with a rising wrister
from the left circle on a man advantage to make it 3-0 with 29 seconds left in
Neal then snaked his way through the Washington zone from right-to-left and
beat Holtby to the glove side with a wrister under the crossbar at 7:20 of the
third as Pittsburgh enjoyed a four-goal margin.
Fleury, who earned his 25th career shutout, became the first Penguins
goaltender to blank the Capitals in Washington since Denis Herron authored a
4-0 decision on Oct. 14, 1983 at Capital Centre ... Pittsburgh and Washington
were members of the Patrick Division from 1981-93, with the Pens taking the
last game between the teams as division foes on Mar. 28, 1993 (4-1) ...
Capitals defenseman Mike Green was scratched with a lower-body injury that has
kept him sidelined for the last eight days ... Pittsburgh has won its last
five contests vs. Washington and owns an 18-10-4 record over its Wednesday
foes since 2005, including a 10-4-2 mark in America's capital over that span.
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