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Penguins 5, Capitals 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 5, Capitals 4, SO
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Washington Capitals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby set the stage, Evgeni Malkin made the difference.

The ballyhooed matchup of last season's top two rookies lived up to the hype, but Malkin - this year's leading rookie - was the star on Monday night.

He notched a goal and assisted on one by Crosby in regulation, then scored the decisive tally in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins erased a four-goal deficit and beat Ovechkin's Washington Capitals 5-4.

"He's done it a million times, I think," Crosby said of Malkin, who teamed with Ovechkin on Russia's Olympic team this year. "He looks so smooth out there. He does it in practice, and he does it with ease in key situations. One-one-one with a goalie, I like our odds with him."

Erik Christensen also scored in the shootout for Pittsburgh, 2-3-1 in the past six games.

Chris Clark had two goals and two assists for the Capitals, who led 4-0 in the second period but couldn't hold on for their sixth win in seven games. Washington is 0-5 in shootouts this season.

The Penguins stormed back with goals in the middle frame from Maxime Talbot, Christensen and Crosby, who scored for the fourth straight game.

"There's no question there's more emotion, but it's natural for it to be like that," Crosby said of facing Ovechkin. "I don't think guys are adding anything to it than what it is. Everyone knows when it's a bigger stage guys want to rise to the occasion.

"I don't feel I have to rescue a franchise or a league. I'm happy to be part of both, but I think there's a lot of young talent, a lot of guys who can bring excitement besides me and Alex."

Malkin tied it 3:20 into the third period.

"Sid was playing really good, and he gave a good pass, and I finished it," Malkin said through an interpreter.

Brooks Orpik was ejected midway through the second period for fighting with Washington's Bryan Muir, who also was ejected. Jarkko Rutuu was penalized as instigator of the brawl.

"It's a great comeback," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "We matched their intensity and we started skating with them. Orpik and Ruutu went over and got physically involved and we built from that."

Ovechkin had the Capitals' only goal in the shootout against Penguins' youngster Marc-Andre Fleury, who turned aside Mike Green and Chris Clark after making 29 saves through overtime.

"It was an unbelievable game to watch," Ovechkin said. "We dominated the first period and 10 minutes of the second period and then just stopped playing.

"Sometimes that happens. Nothing is a lock, you know? We're just disappointed right now."

Crosby, the runner-up to Ovechkin last season for rookie of the year honors, leads the Penguins with 14 goals and 41 points. He assisted on Malkin's goal but failed to convert in the shootout.

Crosby leads All-Star voting in the Eastern Conference, while Ovechkin is second among forwards.

The Penguins wore their helmets backward - rally style - during the shootout, and it paid off as they played their third straight overtime game.

Malkin got the Penguins there this time when he slipped a backhander past goalie Olie Kolzig.

"Anytime you play as bad as we did in the first period and you're able to bring it back up in the second and third, it's a good feeling," Crosby said. "I think it was fun to see the way we were chipping away."

The Capitals made it 4-0 on a short-handed goal by Boyd Gordon, who skated uncontested to the net and beat Fleury gloveside.

That set up Pittsburgh's rally.

Talbot got things going at 6:49 and Christensen made it 4-2 with 1:52 remaining in the period. Just 35 seconds later, Crosby's 14th of the season brought the Penguins within a goal.

Ovechkin was denied in front of the net by three Penguins, but he dug out the puck and scooped it to Clark, who scored his second of the game to make it 3-0.

Kris Beech gave Washington a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal just 5:10 into the game. The lead doubled 46 seconds later when Clark scored from nearly the same spot as his first goal - stuffing in a rebound of Ovechkin's shot.

Notes: Ovechkin has 18 goals and 37 points after his two-assist night. ... The Capitals are 6-2-3 in their last 11 home games against the Penguins.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:10
WSH
PPG - Kris Beech (3) ASST: Chris Clark (13), Mike Green (6)
1 - 0 WSH
05:56
WSH
Chris Clark (11) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (18), Dainius Zubrus (12)
2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
02:57
WSH
Chris Clark (12) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (19), Dainius Zubrus (13)
3 - 0 WSH
05:55
WSH
SHG - Brooks Laich (3) ASST: Boyd Gordon (6), John Erskine (4)
4 - 0 WSH
06:49
PIT
Maxime Talbot (4) ASST: Jarkko Ruutu (3), Chris Thorburn (2)
4 - 1 WSH
18:08
PIT
Erik Christensen (4) ASST: Michel Ouellet (9), Dominic Moore (5)
4 - 2 WSH
18:43
PIT
Sidney Crosby (14) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (15)
4 - 3 WSH
3rd Period
03:20
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (15) ASST: Ryan Malone (2), Sidney Crosby (27)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDPITWSH
1E. ChristensenM. Green
2S. CrosbyA. Ovechkin
3E. MalkinC. Clark
penalty summary
1st Period
04:44
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Cross checking
09:29
PIT
Sidney Crosby  Tripping against  Ben Clymer
2nd Period
04:21
WSH
Bryan Muir  Tripping against  Maxime Talbot
08:22
PIT
Jordan Staal  Cross checking against  Boyd Gordon
11:18
WSH
John Erskine  Hooking
13:47
WSH
Brooks Laich  Fighting (maj)
13:47
WSH
Bryan Muir  Game misconduct
13:47
WSH
Bryan Muir  Fighting (maj)
13:47
WSH
Bryan Muir  Roughing
13:47
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Game misconduct
13:47
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Fighting (maj)
13:47
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu  Misconduct (10 min)
13:47
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu  Fighting (maj)
13:47
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu  Instigator
14:24
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Hooking
15:08
PIT
Alain Nasreddine  Roughing
15:08
WSH
Kris Beech  Roughing
3rd Period
14:41
PIT
Michel Ouellet  Too many men/ice - bench
19:57
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Elbowing
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 33TOI: 65:00
Saves: 29EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .879SH: 1 - 2
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .886SH: 3 - 3