Penguins Vs. Capitals: Evgeni Malkin Leads Pittsburgh To Sixth Win In A Row

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their sixth game in a row on Sunday as Evgeni Malkin added another three points, including a game-winning overtime goal to beat the Washington Capitals.

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Alex Ovechkin Suspended Three Games For Hit On Zbynek Michalek

The Washington Times' Stephen Whyno is reporting that Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin has been suspended for three games after leaving his feet to hit the Pittsburgh Penguins' Zbynek Michalek on Sunday. The Penguins won the game, 4-3. Below is video of Ovechkin's hit.

Whyno reports Capitals winger Mike Knuble had this to say about the hit on Monday.

"Yeah it’s too bad. It looked like he was sort of going down and kind of in a funny spot where his head was just about the rail of the boards, you know kind of low," veteran right wing Mike Knuble said. "He comes in heavy and if you’re in a funny position it looks pretty bad. I guess you can say that he rose up a bit that he left his feet a little, but it’s hard to say. You don’t want to see your top guy having a hearing and possibly being suspended for a big game the next day."

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Capitals Vs. Penguins Final Score: Evgeni Malkin Brilliant Again, Leads Pittsburgh To 4-3 Overtime Win

Evgeni Malkin continued his amazing play on Sunday afternoon, adding another three points in the PIttsburgh Penguins 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals. It was the Pens sixth win in a row, as Malkin's hot streak continues to pace his team's play.

Malkin won the game in overtime, as the league's leading scorer added his 26th goal of the season. James Neal fired a shot from the point, which ricocheted off the boards behind the net and right onto the stick of a waiting Malkin. The Pens center was set up on the right post and quickly flipped it past Michael Neuvirth for the game-winner.

Alex Ovechkin gave the Caps the 3-2 lead a little over a minute into the final period. Mathieu Perreault moved the puck into the zone, drawing Brooks Orpik along the boards as he crossed the blue line. He strategically left the puck in a dead spot of the offensive zone and Alexander Semin came in and swooped it up. Semin sent a beautiful crossing pass to Ovechkin who was trailing down the left side of the ice. The Washington captain one-timed a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury before he was able to rotate over in the crease.

More: On the Penguins thrilling 4-3 victory over the Capitals

Pittsburgh would tie it up six minutes later on James Neal's second goal of the game. The play was set up by Malkin, as he darted down the middle of the ice and split the Capitals' defense. After falling down, he managed to control the puck in the corner, getting it out to Neal who was set up in the slot. With Chris Kunitz providing a screen in front, Neal beat Michael Neuvirth over the left shoulder and just under the cross bar to even it at three. Malkin would add his third point of the afternoon in the overtime session, giving Pittsburgh its sixth win in a row.

The Penguins will look to make it seven in a row on Tuesday as they travel to St. Louis to face the Blues.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins Score Update: Two-Goal Second Period For Washington Ties It Up

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are tied at 2-2 after two periods at Consol Energy Center. After a four-shot first period, Washington ramped up the pressure on the offensive end, putting ten shots on goal. The Capitals cut the Penguins lead in half a little over twelve minutes into the second period. Brooks Laich beat Marc-Andre Fleury for his ninth goal of the season. Pascal Dupuis lost his stick in the middle of a four-on-four shift, and the Capitals immediately attacked his side of the ice. Dennis Wideman took it behind the net and fed Laich in front who in turn quickly poked the puck into the back of the net.

Washington evened it up at 2-2 on an Alexander Semin goal, his 12th of the season. After Steve Sullivan turned it over trying to get too cute on a two-on-one play, the Caps raced out the other way in transition. Alex Ovechkin brought the puck to the center of the ice and dropped it on the stick of Matthieu Perreault, who put a quick wrister on Fleury The Penguins goaltender gave up a big rebound off the shot of Perreault and Semin was there to quickly clean it up with a backhand to tie the game.

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the day at SB Nation Pittsburgh, so keep it locked to this StoryStream. For more on the Penguins you can always head over to PensBurgh. For some perspective from the other side of the ice, check out Japers' Rink, SB Nation's Capitals blog. And for more on this and every NHL game, head over to the SB Nation NHL hub page.

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Capitals Vs. Penguins Score Update: Pittsburgh Takes A 2-0 Lead After First Period

The Pittsburgh Penguins quickly jumped out to a two-goal lead over the Washington Capitals in their Sunday afternoon game at Consol Energy Center. In just his third game back from a concussion injury, Kris Letang buried his fifth goal of the season to put the Pens on the board. With the man advantage on the power play, Letang skated into the middle of the ice with the puck on his stick and rocketed a shot right down the center to beat Michael Neuvirth. Chris Kunitz set up a screen in front and Letang's shot went just over the left shoulder of Neuvirth.

Just one minute later, the Pens would make it 2-0 as the dynamic combination of Evgeni Malkin and James Neal would strike again. Much like their first goal, the play started with a face-off win in the offensive zone. Malkin won the draw and put the puck through his legs right back to Neal who immediately fired a wrister past Neuvirth. It was a beautiful quick strike that found the back of the net less than two seconds after the puck was dropped.

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the day at SB Nation Pittsburgh, so keep it locked to this StoryStream. For more on the Penguins you can always head over to PensBurgh. For some perspective from the other side of the ice, check out Japers' Rink, SB Nation's Capitals blog. And for more on this and every NHL game, head over to the SB Nation NHL hub page.

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Penguins Vs. Capitals: Pittsburgh Looks For Sixth Win In A Row When They Host Washington Sunday

The Pittsburgh Penguins (26-17-4, 56 points) and Washington Capitals (25-19-2, 52 points) meet Sunday for the final time in the regular season, with the Penguins surging and the Capitals flailing offensively.

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