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.
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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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