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NHL Roundup: Oshie’s Late Goal Lifts Capitals Past Penguins

  • Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal alongside center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, scuffles with Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72), Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20), of Denmark tires to get the pack past Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith (1) and defenseman Kris Letang, back, center, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)



Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Washington — T.J. Oshie left for the second time after taking Evgeni Malkin’s shoulder to the head but returned to score late and lift the Washington Capitals over the rival Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, on Wednesday night in a meeting of the two most recent Stanley Cup champions.

Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby traded goals, and Oshie got the winner with 1:14 left following a dangerous hit from Malkin. The Penguins star was thrown out of the game for an illegal check to the head and could get a hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety.

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 41 of 42 shots for his first victory since Oct. 22. The only goal he allowed was Crosby’s eighth of the season, which came on the power play.

Pittsburgh’s Casey DeSmith stopped 20 of 22 shots in his first career start against Washington. The Penguins lost their fifth in a row and could be without Malkin in the near future.

Oilers’ Lucic Fined

New York — The NHL fined Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic $10,000 for roughing Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph. Lucic was assessed minor penalties for interference and roughing, as well as a 10-minute misconduct, for a hit on Joseph in the third period of Edmonton’s 5-2 road loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.