Caps Edge Penguins in Wild One

Ovechkin, Malkin square off in high-scoring affair
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2008 12:29 AM CST
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby watches the hockey game against the Washington Capitals from the owners booth between the second and third period of the hockey game in Pittsburgh,Monday, Jan. 21, 2008....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Washington continued to play improved hockey, passing the .500 mark, as it took advantage of the absence of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in posting a 6-5 win in a shootout. Russian stars Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin went 1-2 in the 2004 NHL draft and it showed tonight as each had two goals and an assist, writes the AP.

The Capitals, who won in the Steel City for the first time since 2002, killed off an unusual two-man advantage for Pittsburgh in overtime. Viktor Kozlov continued his mini hot streak for Washington with two more goals while Niklas Backstrom had four assists in a game reminiscent of the NHL circa 1985. Ovechkin now leads the league with 38 goals.