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Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Washington Capitals 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Washington Capitals 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Washington Capitals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One day after missing a game because of the flu, Peter Bondra was healthy enough to lead the Washington Capitals past the worst team in the Eastern Conference.

Bondra, who sat out Saturday's game in New Jersey, had a power-play goal and an assist to lead Washington to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

"Yesterday was an extra day," Bondra said. "When they left for Jersey, I had a tough day, high fever. But after 24 hours, everything settled down and I got my strength back."

Robert Lang scored his 23rd goal of the season and had three assists for Washington, which earned a point for the fifth straight game and moved five points ahead of the last-place Penguins in the conference standings.

Bondra scored Washington's second power-play goal of the game from the right faceoff circle off a pass from Sergei Gonchar, beating Sebastien Caron and giving Washington the lead for good at 9:47 of the second period.

Jason Doig and Jeff Halpern also scored for Washington.

"We have to be more creative," Bondra said. "With the skills we have, we have to use them to our advantage -- move around, be creative and change places."

That strategy worked against the Penguins, who lost their third straight despite getting goals on the power play from Milan Kraft and Konstantin Koltsov.

Drake Berehowsky added a score for the Penguins in the third period.

"That's the way our special teams have been all year," Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said. "When our power play is going well, our penalty kill lets us down."

After Lang opened the scoring, the Pittsburgh power play worked quickly as Kraft took a sharp pass from Dick Tanstrom at the blue line and beat Olaf Kolzig with a wrist shot just 15 seconds after a Washington's Mike Grier went off for boarding.

Koltsov gave the Penguins the lead with an unassisted power-play goal 11 seconds after a holding call on Joel Kwiatkowski.

Doig tied the game with a high wrist shot at 6:28, and Bondra scored just more than three minutes later.

"It's not just what you see on the ice, it's also about what they have to talk about in the locker room," Washington Coach Glen Hanlon said about Bondra's return. "All of a sudden, you have another weapon."

Halpern scored with 13:03 left, giving Washington a 4-2 lead.

However, Berehowsky pulled the Penguins within a goal when he scored during a scramble in front of the net with 3:08 left.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:36
WSH
PPG - Robert Lang (23) ASST: Sergei Gonchar (36), Peter Bondra (12)
1 - 0 WSH
15:38
PIT
PPG - Milan Kraft (8) ASST: Dick Tarnstrom (18), Drake Berehowsky (11)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:36
PIT
PPG - Konstantin Koltsov (5) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 PIT
06:28
WSH
Jason Doig (2) ASST: Robert Lang (31), Jaromir Jagr (28)
2 - 2 Tie
09:47
WSH
PPG - Peter Bondra (16) ASST: Sergei Gonchar (37), Robert Lang (32)
3 - 2 WSH
3rd Period
06:57
WSH
Jeff Halpern (8) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (29), Robert Lang (33)
4 - 2 WSH
16:52
PIT
Drake Berehowsky (4) ASST: Konstantin Koltsov (13), Milan Kraft (7)
4 - 3 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
01:29
WSH
Brendan Witt  Holding against  Tom Kostopoulos
03:57
PIT
Martin Strbak  Holding the stick against  Jeff Halpern
15:23
WSH
Michael Grier  Boarding against  Drake Berehowsky
16:22
WSH
Brendan Witt  Hi-sticking against  Rico Fata
2nd Period
01:25
WSH
Joel Kwiatkowski  Holding against  Ryan Malone
02:53
WSH
Brendan Witt  Tripping against  Matt Bradley
09:04
PIT
Martin Strbak  Interference against  Jeff Halpern
13:17
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Roughing against  Jeff Halpern
17:18
WSH
Darcy Verot  Roughing
3rd Period
02:30
PIT
Tomas Surovy  Tripping against  Robert Lang
07:33
WSH
Jaromir Jagr  Elbowing against  Milan Kraft
07:38
PIT
Ryan Malone  Holding against  Jeff Halpern
09:20
WSH
Peter Bondra  Hi-sticking against  Brooks Orpik
14:04
PIT
Tomas Surovy  Interference - Obstruction against  Michael Grier
goalie stats
Sebastien Caron
SA: 26TOI: 59:23
Saves: 22EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .846SH: 2 - 2
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .880SH: 2 - 2