WASHINGTON - Phil Kessel netted the go-ahead goal off Evgeni Malkin's pass less than 2 minutes after Beau Bennett tied it in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended Washington's five-game winning streak by beating the Capitals 3-1 on Wednesday night.
After a pair of scoreless periods and superb play by both goalies, Capitals centre Evgeny Kuznetsov put the hosts ahead about 1 1/2 minutes into the third, when his wrist shot appeared to deflect off the left skate of Penguins defenceman Rob Scuderi and past Marc-Andre Fleury.
All of 24 seconds later, it was tied thanks to Bennett, who missed the past five games with an injury. His initial shot was blocked by Braden Holtby, but Bennett put in the rebound. Soon after, Malkin sent the puck in front of the goal and through defenceman Karl Alzner's legs to Kessel for his fourth goal.
SENATORS 5, FLAMES 4, SO
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) ? Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner to give Ottawa its first home win of the season.
Zack Smith, Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored in regulation for the Senators, who snapped a four-game losing streak (0-2-2). Ottawa was also 0-2-2 at home. Craig Anderson made 34 saves through overtime.
Dougie Hamilton, Joe Colborne, Kris Russell and Sam Bennett scored for the Flames, who have now lost three straight (0-2-1). Jonas Hiller allowed four goals on 18 shots before leaving the game in the third with an injury. Joni Ortio stopped all five shots he faced in relief.
Hiller was run into by Ryan in a crazy third period that featured five goals and two lead changes.
PREDATORS 2, SHARKS 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) ??? Eric Nystrom scored early, Calle Jarnkrok scored late and Nashville beat San Jose.
Pekka Rinne stopped 20 of 21 shots for the win. He had lost four of his previous five games against the Sharks.
The Predators rebounded from an overtime loss against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Joe Pavelski scored for the Sharks, who have lost four of five since opening the season with four wins. Martin Jones had 22 saves.