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Monday, March 10th (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (42-17-4) at Washington Capitals (30-25-10), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to end an up-and-down road trip on a positive note when they visit the Washington Capitals for Monday's Metropolitan Division battle at Verizon Center.

The Penguins are 2-2-0 so far on a five-game road trip but the first-place club has a chance to cap the swing with consecutive victories when it visits the Capitals for the opener of a home-and-home set.

Pittsburgh, which holds a 14-point lead over the New York Rangers for first place in the division, won for just the second time in six games when it recorded Friday's shootout victory in Anaheim. The victory came one day after the Pens dropped a 5-3 decision in San Jose.

Brandon Sutter scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout to help the Penguins claim a 3-2 win in Orange County and improve to 19-13-2 on the road this season.

In the sixth round, Sutter went to the backhand and lifted it high past Jonas Hiller. Ryan Getzlaf had the last chance for Anaheim, but he missed with a backhand attempt.

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist and Deryk Engelland also scored for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots in the win.

"I think for the most part, the past two nights we played pretty well," said Sutter. "Tonight our start was a little slow and last night our finish was a little slow. We managed to find a way and battled. Fleury made some big saves for us."

The Penguins, who will host Washington on Tuesday, are one point behind Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Pittsburgh has dominated the Caps recently, taking both meetings in 2013-14 to push its winning streak in the series to six games. The Pens have claimed two in a row and three of the past four encounters in D.C.

Washington halted a three-game slide in its most recent outing, as the Capitals downed the visiting Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday.

The Capitals were down 2-0 against the Coyotes heading into the third period, but Karl Alzner and Brooks Laich each scored in the span of 32 seconds midway through the stanza to even the contest. Troy Brouwer followed with the game- winner with 5:13 left.

Washington nearly went the length of two games without a goal before getting three in a five-minute flurry in the third period on Saturday. Alzner's goal at 9:45 of the third ended a goalless drought of 115 minutes and 45 seconds.

"The league is very difficult. We waited, we didn't panic, we didn't give an outnumbered situation to try and cheat to try and get a goal," said Capitals coach Adam Oates.

The rally gave goaltender Jaroslav Halak a win in his Capitals debut.

Halak, who was dealt from St. Louis to Buffalo in the Ryan Miller deal and then moved to Washington at the trade deadline, made 31 saves, including 10 in the third period to help Washington pick up the much-needed win.

Washington, which is 18-10-5 on home ice this season, enters Monday one point out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

03/10 10:40:52 ET

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Local
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
2nd
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
TOR 112
CLE 120
 
Final
BOS 85
UTA 84
 
4th
MIN 68
DEN 83
 
3rd
NOP 73
DET 70
 
4th
MIA 76
LAL 73
 
4th
HOU 84
MEM 91
 
4th
OKC 84
PHI 90
 
3rd
SAN 57
SAC 42
 
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GSW
MIL
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LAC
POR
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 54
HART 52
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
Final
Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
Final
GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
 
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
 
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
2nd
TULA 59
HOU 57
 
Final
YALE 71
HOW 62
 
2nd
PITT 61
MIAMI 66
 
2nd
TXPA 48
NMST 66
 
2nd
MSU 56
PURD 44
 
Final
STLU 48
BONA 64
 
2nd
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
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TULSA 20
CIN 27
 
Half
VANDY 32
MSST 36
 
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OKST 34
TCU 30
 
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UCLA 46
USC 35
 
Half
WYO 40
UTST 30
 
1st
MARQ 21
STJ 24
 
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EILL 21
SIUE 19
 
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NEB
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OREG
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UNLV
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HAW
UCSB
 
3rd
WIN 1
OTT 3
 
2nd Intermission
DET 1
NYR 1
 
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