WASHINGTON — Phil Kessel netted the go-ahead goal off Evgeni Malkin's pass less than 2 minutes after Beau Bennett tied it in the third period, and the Penguins ended the Capitals' five-game winning streak with a 3-1 win Wednesday.
Neither Washington's Alex Ovechkin nor Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby registered a point. Crosby is pointless in eight of the Penguins' nine games this season.
Since opening with three losses in a row, the Penguins have won five of their past six, though their power play has been the NHL's worst, now 2-for-31 this season.
Canadiens' streak ends: Montreal gave up a first-period goal for the first time this season, and it was a preview of bad things to come in a 5-1 loss to the host Canucks that ended the Canadiens' season-opening nine-game winning streak late Tuesday. Montreal lost its chance to match a league record with 10 straight wins to start the season (1993-94 Maple Leafs, 2006-07 Sabres). "You're only as good as your last game," captain Max Pacioretty said. "We weren't very good."
Around the league: A healthy scratch in the first eight games, Vinny Lecavalier was expected to make his season debut tonight when his Flyers host the Devils. A spot opened for the former Lightning captain when wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was hurt vs. the Sabres on Tuesday.
First—None. Penalties—Stephenson, Was (elbowing), 6:09; Orpik, Was (boarding), 6:24; Alzner, Was (high-sticking), 8:28.
Second—None. Penalties—Letang, Pit (slashing), 7:21; Perron, Pit (charge), 10:53; Cole, Pit (rough), 19:39; T.Wilson, Was (rough), 19:39.
Third—1, Wash, Kuznetsov 4 (Alzner), 1:28. 2, Pitt, Bennett 2 (Bonino, Maatta), 1:52. 3, Pitt, Kessel 4 (Malkin, Perron), 3:49. 4, Pitt, Bonino 2, 18:17 (en). Penalties—Cole, Pit (interfere), 9:45. SOG—Pitt 14-4-7—25. Wash 13-14-7—34. PP opps—Pitt 0 of 3; Wash 0 of 3. Goalies—Pitt, Fleury 5-4-0 (34 shots-33 saves). Wash, Holtby 5-2-0 (24-22).
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First—None. Penalties—Jooris, Cal (high-stick), 4:37; Karlsson, Ott (interfere), 17:39.
Second—1, Cal, D.Hamilton 2 (Hudler, Engelland), 4:15. 2, Ott, Z.Smith 2, 17:58. 3, Ott, Ryan 2 (Turris, Methot), 19:46. Penalties—Giordano, Cal (delay of game), 1:42; Neil, Ott (slashing), 5:30.
Third—4, Cal, Colborne 2 (Monahan, Hudler), 4:23. 5, Cal, Russell 1 (Bennett, Frolik), 5:20. 6, Ott, Turris 5 (Stone, Karlsson), 9:50. 7, Ott, Pageau 3 (Michalek, Chiasson), 10:08. 8, Cal, Bennett 1 (Gaudreau, D.Wideman), 12:32 (pp). Penalties—Methot, Ott (interfere), 1:44; Bollig, Cal (rough), 6:12; Ryan, Ott (goalie interfere), 12:20; D.Wideman, Cal (hook), 14:13.
OT—None. Penalties—None. Shootout—Cal 1 (Colborne G, Gaudreau NG, Monahan NG), Ott 2 (Ryan NG, Turris G, Zibanejad G). SOG—Cal 10-10-16-2—38. Ott 4-6-12-1—23. PP opps—Cal 1 of 4; Ott 0 of 4. Goalies—Cal, Hiller (18 shots-14 saves), Ortio 0-1-1 (12:20 third, 5-5). Ott, Anderson 4-2-1 (38-34).