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Crosby propels Penguins to sixth straight win

Mar 8, 2009 - 11:27 PM
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Captain Sidney Crosby scored the only goal in the shootout Sunday as the surging Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3, for their sixth straight victory.

Crosby, who also opened the scoring 4:29 into the contest, beat goaltender Jose Theodore with a wrist shot underneath the crossbar during the second round of the bonus format.

The game-winner completed a 5-0-0 road trip for the Penguins, who prevailed despite squandering a 3-1 lead in the first two minutes of the third period.

"It's been a long trip for us, but we wanted to get the two points after working hard, especially for two periods," Crosby said.

"We had some power plays, we just weren't able to capitalize. If we let them hang around and don't take advantage of those chances, they are going to get momentum."

Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 28 saves, then stopped Alexander Semin, Viktor Kozlov and reigning Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin in the shootout.

The Penguins improved to 8-1-1 under Dan Bylsma, the best 10-game start for any coach in Pittsburgh history.

"The whole road trip was just the way we drew it up," Bylsma said. "We talked about this before the game. We've seen our guys deal with giving up leads in tough buildings."

The win left five teams virtually tied in the tightly bunched Eastern Conference race. With 76 points, the Penguins (35-26-6) tied Florida and the New York Rangers for fifth in the East - one point ahead of Montreal and Carolina.

Ovechkin began the Capitals' comeback with his 47th goal of the season on the power play just 29 seconds into the third period.

"We have to look at this game as a positive because I think we're on our way back up," said Capitals center Brooks Laich, whose breakaway goal tied the contest 78 seconds into the third.

"We got back to working and tightened up defensively. I think we gave them 20-21 shots (actually, 22). When we were losing, we were giving up 34-36. I thought we did a better job. We controlled their top guys."

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar and recently acquired Bill Guerin tallied in the second period to give Pittsburgh its two-goal advantage.

"I don't think we lost focus," Crosby added. "They played well. We just had to come up with some big plays defensively."






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    PITTSBURGH 1 2 0 0 (1) 4
    WASHINGTON 1 0 2 0 (0) 3 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 25 (BILL GUERIN, CHRIS KUNITZ) 4:29
    WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 28 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 12:46
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SERGEI GONCHAR 3 (KRISTOPHER LETANG, BILL GU

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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 2 0 0 3
    WASHINGTON 1 0 2 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 25 (BILL GUERIN, CHRIS KUNITZ) 4:29
    WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 28 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 12:46
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SERGEI GONCHAR 3 (KRISTOPHER LETANG, BILL GUERIN)
    7

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    PITTSBURGH 1 2 0 3
    WASHINGTON 1 0 2 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 25 (BILL GUERIN, CHRIS KUNITZ) 4:29
    WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 28 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 12:46
    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SERGEI GONCHAR 3 (KRISTOPHER LETANG, BILL GUERIN)
    7:25
    PIT - BILL GUERIN 17

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    3RD PRD: WAS - BROOKS LAICH 16 (DAVID STECKEL, MIKE GREEN) 1:18

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    PITTSBURGH 3
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    3RD PRD: WAS - (PP) ALEX OVECHKIN 47 (MIKE GREEN, BROOKS LAICH) 0:29

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 2 3
    WASHINGTON 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 25 (BILL GUERIN, CHRIS KUNITZ) 4:29
    WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 28 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 12:46
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    2ND PRD: PIT - BILL GUERIN 17 (SIDNEY CROSBY, KRISTOPHER LETANG) 10:54

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    2ND PRD: PIT - (PP) SERGEI GONCHAR 3 (KRISTOPHER LETANG, BILL GUERIN)
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 1 1
    WASHINGTON 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - SIDNEY CROSBY 25 (BILL GUERIN, CHRIS KUNITZ) 4:29
    WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 28 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 12:46
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    1ST PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 28 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 12:46

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