PITTSBURGH — Defenseman Matt Niskanen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, Sidney Crosby had two assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to 10 with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Niskanen’s goal at 11:58 came nine seconds after the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins killed a four-minute penalty.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves, and Crosby earned his NHL-leading 36th and 37th assists for the Penguins, who were without reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) for a sixth game.
Braden Holtby made 34 saves for Washington.
Alex Ovechkin gave Washington a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal in the second period, and Pittsburgh tied it three minutes later when Paul Martin scored his sixth of the season. It was the Penguins’ league-leading 28th goal on the power play.
Also on Tuesday:
Rangers 3, Devils 2: NEWARK, N.J. — Michael Del Zotto scored a short-handed goal and set up Rick Nash’s game winner to lead New York to a victory over struggling New Jersey.
Senators 5, Islanders 3: UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Sergei Gonchar scored with a minute left for Ottawa, which netted four goals in the third period and rallied to beat New York.
Panthers 4, Hurricanes 1: RALEIGH, N.C. — Tomas Fleischmann, Marcel Goc and Shawn Matthias scored 6:12 apart in the third period to lead Florida past Carolina.
Blue Jackets 4, Predators 3: COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergei Bobrovksy shook off a slap shot to his mask and withstood two late goals, and Mark Letestu had a goal and an assist as Columbus beat struggling Nashville to extend its franchise-record point streak to 11 games.
Sabres 3, Canadiens 2: MONTREAL — Steve Ott’s second goal of the game at 2:16 of overtime lifted Buffalo over Montreal.
Jets 3, Bruins 1: WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane scored 57 seconds apart in the third period, and Winnipeg rallied to beat Boston.
Canucks 3, Blues 2: VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist in Vancouver’s win over St. Louis.
Kings 3, Coyotes 2: LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Bernier made a career-high 40 saves as Los Angeles beat Phoenix.