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Pittsburgh 4, Washington 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, December 10, 2021
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
Referees: Mitch Dunning, Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen: Tyson Baker, Libor Suchanek
Attendance: 18573

The visiting Pittsburgh Penguins built a three-goal lead Friday and held on to win their third straight game, 4-2 over the Washington Capitals.

Danton Heinen, Brock McGinn, Kaspari Kapanen and Jeff Carter scored, and Mike Matheson and Sidney Crosby added two assists apiece for the Penguins, who are 3-2-1 in their past six games.

Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 29 saves to improve to 7-1-1 in his past nine starts, and also picked up an assist.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller scored and Alex Ovechkin had two assists for the Capitals, who had won two in a row and were 5-1-1 in their previous seven.

Washington goaltender Ilya Samsonov stopped 29 shots.

Washington defenseman Martin Fehervary left in the second period after a collision with McGinn, and forward the Capitals' Tom Wilson left in the third because of an unspecified injury.

Heinen gave Pittsburgh the lead at 16:16 of the first. He scored from the slot off a give-and-go with John Marino to make it 1-0. That gave Heinen four points in two games and, with eight goals, he is already halfway to his career high of 16 reached in 2017-18 with Boston.

McGinn boosted Pittsburgh's lead to 2-0 at 8:37 of the second. From deep, he threw the puck out front on what appeared to be a pass intended for linemate Teddy Blueger. Instead, the puck went off the skate of Kuznetsov and over Samsonov's shoulder.

The Penguins upped it to 3-0 at 11:42 of the second. Evan Rodrigues carried the puck down the right side and dished to Crosby. His one-time pass set up Kapanen, who swept the puck in from the left hash marks.

Kuznetsov spoiled Jarry's bid for a shutout at 7:33 of the third. Former Penguin Daniel Sprong found Ovechkin with a stretch pass, and Ovechkin fed Kuznetsov. He went to his backhand to beat Jarry to draw the hosts within 3-1.

Eller scored with Samsonov pulled with 2:46 left, but Carter's empty-netter with 1:53 left sealed it.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Pittsburgh   Washington
Sidney Crosby 2 Points Alex Ovechkin 2
Jeff Carter 1 Goals Lars Eller 1
Sidney Crosby 2 Assists Alex Ovechkin 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Tristan Jarry .935 Save Percentage Ilya Samsonov .906
Tristan Jarry 29 Saves Ilya Samsonov 29
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 33 4 0-1 2-2 4 35
Washington 31 2 0-2 1-1 2 24
Upcoming Games
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Capitals have a W/L % of .529 after a win and .700 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Anaheim. The Penguins have a W/L % of .538 after a win and .462 after a loss.