WASHINGTON — Even Sidney Crosby acknowledged his goal — and the lickety-split series of passes that led up to it — was "fun" and "one of the nicer ones." Crosby delivered that highlight-reel goal and an assist as the Penguins ended a three-game road losing streak by beating the Capitals 4-0 on Wednesday.
Crosby's one-timer from a tough angle while leaning on his left knee capped quite a sequence of touches from Evgeni Malkin at the point to Chris Kunitz in the slot to James Neal slightly behind the net to Crosby in the left circle. When the puck flew past goalie Braden Holtby with 29 seconds left in the third period to make it 3-0, Crosby raised his fists, threw his head back and yelled.
"It's tough to get those," Crosby said. "Teams know where everybody is on the ice. To get that many quick passes in — you enjoy those because you don't see those too often."
Marc-Andre Fleury needed to make only 18 saves for his second shutout this season and 25th overall.
Varlamov case to D.A.: The domestic abuse case involving Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was given to the Denver district attorney to review for possible charges. Varlamov was arrested Oct. 30 on suspicion of felony kidnapping and misdemeanor assault after his girlfriend told police he beat her at their apartment after 12 hours of drinking.
Around the league: Sharks center Patrick Marleau skated but said he was still a little sore from an auto accident that sent the driver of the other car to the hospital Tuesday. Marleau said he was driving on a side street and the car pulled out in front of him. … Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (groin) will be out of the lineup until Christmas at least, general manager Dean Lombardi said.
First—1, Pitts, Martin 2 (Crosby), 6:38. 2, Pitts, Bennett 1 (Malkin, Niskanen), 11:57. Penalties—Adams, Pit (tripping), 3:24; Oleksy, Was (cross-checking), 12:47; Kunitz, Pit (tripping), 13:56; Glass, Pit (hooking), 18:35.
Second—3, Pitts, Crosby 11 (Neal, Kunitz), 19:31 (pp). Penalties—Erat, Was (holding), 5:37; Wash bench, served by Wilson (too many men), 18:26.
Third—4, Pitts, Neal 2 (Martin, Malkin), 7:16. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Pitts 17-15-8—40. Wash 6-8-4—18. PP opps—Pitts 1 of 3; Wash 0 of 3. Goalies—Pitts, Fleury 13-6-0 (18 shots-18 saves). Wash, Holtby 10-7-0 (40-36).
First—1, Ott, Turris 6 (MacArthur), 5:54 (sh). 2, Minn, Pominville 13 (Parise, Koivu), 6:53 (pp). 3, Ott, Zibanejad 5 (Grant, Condra), 11:11. Penalties—Cowen, Ott (interference), 5:36.
Second—4, Minn, Brodin 4 (Heatley, Fontaine), 3:00. 5, Minn, Heatley 4 (Koivu, Brodin), 6:15. Penalties—Brodziak, Min (roughing), 3:46; Borowiecki, Ott (roughing), 3:46; Stoner, Min, major (fighting), 6:23; Neil, Ott, major (fighting), 6:23; Borowiecki, Ott (boarding), 7:06; Grant, Ott (high-sticking), 18:36.
Third—6, Ott, Michalek 4 (Zibanejad, E.Karlsson), 8:57 (pp). 7, Minn, Koivu 5 (Parise, Coyle), 17:03. Penalties—Heatley, Min (hooking), 3:11; Pominville, Min (hooking), 8:39. Shots on Goal—Minn 6-10-9—25. Ott 18-12-7—37. Power-play opportunities—Minn 1 of 3; Ott 1 of 2. Goalies—Minn, Harding 13-3-2 (37 shots-34 saves). Ott, Anderson 5-7-2 (25-21).