PITTSBURGH - Boyd Gordon scored a delayed goal in the third period to complete Washington's four-goal comeback and the Capitals shook off three Pittsburgh power-play goals and another big night against them by Evgeni Malkin to rally for a 4-3 victory on Thursday night.
Gordon, scoring his first, won a faceoff with Sidney Crosby, then snapped off a wrist shot that hit the pipe in the back of the net and rebounded back onto the ice so quickly, the referees initially waved it off. The teams played for another two minutes before play was stopped, time that was restored after a video replay showed Gordon's shot going in at 15:43.
It was a major letdown for the Penguins, who got a goal and two assists from Malkin in his personal matchup with Russian rival Alex Ovechkin, who was scoreless, but couldn't hold a 3-0 lead with Marc-Andre Fleury in net. The Penguins were 10-1-1 in their previous 12 against the Capitals and Fleury, who made 26 saves, had been 7-0 against them in seven starts.
Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist as Washington won its third in a row. The Penguins lost their third in four games as Crosby didn't get a goal for the fifth consecutive game.