Phil Kessel broke the tie with his fourth goal of the season early in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken the measure of the Washington Capitals 3-1 Wednesday night.
The Penguins have signed a second consecutive gain while ending the sequence of five wins men’s Barry Trotz.
After two periods when the stars were the guardians Marc-Andre Fleury and Braden Holtby, who conceded nothing, both teams have scored three goals in less than four minutes early in the final third.
The Capitals had the honor of the first to register the mark with the aim of Evgeny Kuznetsov fourth at 1:28. His wrist shot appeared to hit the skate of defenseman Rob Scuderi before sneaking behind the Penguins goalie.
But it only took 24 seconds to bring the Penguins both teams to square one.
Beau Bennett, who missed the last five games of his team, scored his second goal of the season after capturing the return of his own shot.
Less than two minutes later, Kessel completed a game piece Evgeny Malkin and the Penguins took the lead. For Kessel, it was a second winning goal in as many games when he scored the decisive net after 41 seconds of play facing the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
Nick Bonino, who had participated in the equalizer, confirmed the victory by scoring into an empty net with 1:43 to go in regulation time.
In his ninth straight start, Fleury has made 33 saves. Holtby stopped 22 shots side Capitals.
Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin were held in check.