19 year-old rookie Ollie Maatta gave the Pittsburgh Penguins their first lead of the game Wednesday night with a tiebreaking goal with 1:54 remaining, and the Pens held on for a 4-3 win over the visiting Washington Capitals, setting a franchise record with their 13th consecutive victory at home.
Kris Letang, Taylor Pyatt and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Pittsburgh (34-12-2). Sidney Crosby assisted on the Letang score, and raised his league-leading point total to 68. Marc-Andre Fleury (27-10-1) stopped 25 shots, and boosted his NHL-best victory total to 27.
Brooks Laich tallied a short-handed goal for Washington (22-17-8), while Alex Ovechkin recorded his 34th goal of the season and Jason Chimera added a score. The losing goaltender was Michal Neuvirth.
With the win, the Penguins extended their Metropolitan Division lead over both Washington and Philadelphia to 18 points, and their Eastern Conference edge over Boston and Tampa Bay to 10 points. The Pens will be idle until Monday night’s 7:00 PM home game against Florida. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 6:30 PM.