WASHINGTON (KDKA/AP) — It was a preview that Penguins fans definitely want to see repeated.
Sidney Crosby picked up another point to extend his 23-game streak and the Pens beat the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in a shootout.
Crosby gave the Pens a 1-0 lead when he got a tip-in past Capitals goalie Michal Neuvrith at 3:21 in the first. Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin had assists.
Washington’s Mike Green scored during the power play at 13:43 in the second period to tie it at 1-1.
Chris Kunitz made it 2-1 just 17 seconds into the third, but Mike Knuble got a short-handed goal past Marc-Andre Fleury with less than five minutes left to tie it up again.
The Pens and Caps were held scoreless in overtime and it came down to a shootout.
Pascal Dupuis converted a wrister from the inside edge of the right circle, ending the shootout after Fleury used his skate to block Green’s drive at the right post for his sixth straight save.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin was held without a goal for the eighth straight game. Ovechkin, who had the Capitals’ lone goal in the shootout, has two goals in his last 19 games.
The Pens and Caps meet again at Heinz Field New Year’s Day for the Winter Classic.