WASHINGTON (AP) — Phil Kessel netted the go-ahead goal off Evgeni Malkin’s pass less than 2 minutes after Beau Bennett tied it in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended Washington’s five-game winning streak by beating the Capitals 3-1 on Wednesday night.
After a pair of scoreless periods and superb play by both goalies, Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov put the hosts ahead about 1 1/2 minutes into the third, when his wrist shot appeared to deflect off the left skate of Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi and past Marc-Andre Fleury.
All of 24 seconds later, it was tied thanks to Bennett, who missed the past five games with an injury. His initial shot was blocked by Braden Holtby, but Bennett put in the rebound. Soon after, Malkin sent the puck in front of the goal and through defenseman Karl Alzner’s legs to Kessel for his fourth goal.
Nick Bonino added an empty-net goal with less than 2 minutes left.
In Pittsburgh’s previous game, Kessel scored the winner 41 seconds into…