Marc Andre Fleury was 3-3 in the shootout and Sidney Crosby scored the only goal in the shootout as the Penguins extended their winning streak to six games to finish a 5 game road trip 5-0.
Crosby (Goal, Assist, shootout goal) got the Penguins on the board first, scoring his 25th goal of the season at 4:12 of the first period. Winger Chris Kunitz chipped a puck off the boards in the neutral zone that led to a 2-on-1 for Bill Guerin and Sidney Crosby.
Guerin sold the play and made a great feed to Crosby who put the Penguins up 1-0 in the first. Guerin and Crosby were not done as Guerin assisted on Sergei Gonchar‚Äôs 2nd period goal (7:25) that gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead.
Three minutes and 29 seconds later, Guerin struck again, scoring his first goal (17th of season) in a Penguins uniform with a beautiful toe drag in the slot to beat Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore glove side. Guerin had a goal and 2 assists and was named the games 2nd star. Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby assisted on Guerin’s second period goal.
Twenty Nine seconds into the third period, the Capitals narrowed the Penguins lead to 3-2 as Alexander Ovechkin scored his 47th goal of the season. Momentum was turning towards the Capitals and 49 seconds later Brooks Laich scored his 16th goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3.
It was fitting that a game that had a playoff atmosphere and great up and down action went to a shootout as Sidney Crosby and Marc Andre Fleury lifted the Penguins to a 4-3 win.
Post Game Notes
* The Penguins are now 8-1-1 under Interim Head Coach Dan Bylsma
Bylsma on Guerin
‚ÄúBill Guerin, I said to Billy, I wasn‚Äôt surprised about the shot but I was surprised by the toe drag‚Äù.
* Winger Petr Sykora was scratched with what I’m being told is a rib-injury.
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