(PITTSBURGH) — Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen scored with 8:02 left in the game, breaking a 1-1 tie, as Pittsburgh defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 Tuesday, to win their 10th straight game.
Sidney Crosby assisted on both Pittsburgh goals giving him 50 points on the season, the best in the NHL.
Marc-Andre Fluery turned away 28 shots in the win.
Washington (12-16-1, 25pts) got on the board first, when Alexander Ovechkin scored a power play goal 8:14 into the second period. Less than three minutes later, Pittsburgh scored a power play of their own when defenseman Paul Martin lit the lamp.
The Penguins (23-8-0, 46pts) now hold a three point lead over Montreal for the most points in the Eastern Conference.
Pittsburgh will try to win its 11th straight Friday, when it heads to New York to take on the Islanders.
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