WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored his 20th goal of the season, Evgeni Malkin added three assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Wednesday night, averting a sweep of the season series.
Patric Hornqvist, Brandon Sutter and Chris Kunitz also had goals for Pittsburgh, which has won three straight and leads Washington by three points for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Crosby and Malkin both earned their first points of the season against Washington, which won the first three meetings by a combined score of 10-1.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 21 shots, including Joel Ward’s breakaway attempt in the second period.
Alex Ovechkin’s power play tally, his NHL-leading 39th goal of the season, made it 4-3 with 3:34 left.
John Carlson and Troy Brouwer both had a goal and an assist for the Capitals. Jason Chimera had two assists, and Braden Holtby made 22 saves.
FLAMES 3, DEVILS 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sean Monahan scored a power-play goal 35 seconds into the third period and Calgary beat New Jersey to move into a Western Conference wild-card spot.
Curtis Glencross scored late in the second period to tie it, T.J. Brodie added a short-handed, empty-net goal in the final minute, and Karri Ramo made 26 saves as the Flames snapped a three-game losing streak.
Calgary moved one point ahead of idle Minnesota in the playoff race.
Mike Cammalleri scored his fifth goal in four games for the Devils, who had a season-high, four-game winning streak snapped. Cory Schneider made 23 saves, giving up two goals in a 49-second span bridging the second and third periods.
SENATORS 3, DUCKS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Hammond made 25 saves to earn his first NHL shutout in his third career start, and Erik Condra, Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris scored to lift Ottawa over Anaheim.
Hammond, who got the chance to play because of injuries to Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, has backstopped the Senators to three straight victories. He has stopped 88 of 91 shots.
It is Ottawa’s first three-game winning streak since a four-game run following a season-opening loss at Nashville. The Senators are 14-12-5 since Dave Cameron took over as coach for Paul MacLean, following the team’s 11-11-5 start.
John Gibson made 31 saves for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, who were blanked for the third time this season after winning three straight.