Crosby lifts Pens over Ovechkin’s Caps in shootout
By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer 2 hours, 1 minute ago
WASHINGTON (AP)—In the end, just as it should have, the game came down to Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, the NHL’s past two MVPs, each with the puck on his stick.
This wasn’t about talking trash or swapping shoves. This was about who would come through in a shootout between Sid the Kid’s Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex the Great’s Washington Capitals in a late-season game played in a playoff-like atmosphere.
Crosby came through this time. Ovechkin did not.
Unlike their last meeting, Crosby avoided much in the way of face-to-face confrontations with rival Ovechkin on Sunday, instead producing a goal and assist in regulation, then the shootout’s only score to help Pittsburgh edge Washington 4-3—the Penguins’ sixth consecutive victory and the Capitals’ fourth straight loss.
“Great ones seem to have the game on the line when it’s their turn,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Tonight it was Sidney’s time to have the game on the line, and he’s a great one. And he made no mistake.”
After Crosby lifted his shot over goalie Jose Theodore’s glove side, Marc-Andre Fleury thwarted Ovechkin with a kick save to end the shootout. Fleury earlier stopped shots by Alexander Semin and Viktor Kozlov, as Pittsburgh completed the first 5-0 road trip in franchise history.