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game recap

Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Washington Capitals 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Washington Capitals 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Washington Capitals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Washington goalie Matt Yeats doesn't know how many NHL victories he'll get. But he won't ever forget his first one.

Trent Whitfield had two goals and an assist to help Yeats earn his first NHL victory, and the Washington Capitals avoided falling into the league's cellar with a 4-2 win Tuesday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Washington called up Yeats on March 19, and he made 27 saves in his third straight start. The 24-year-old goalie improved to 1-2-0 and made 13 saves in the third period in another strong effort.

``It's a great feeling,'' Yeats said. ``I counted down the last three seconds and gave myself a little fist pump. I was cheering inside.''

Washington coach Glen Hanlon is a former NHL goalie who appreciated what this moment will mean for Yeats.

``It's a reward for a lot of hard work,'' Hanlon said. ``I'm sure there's a lot of emotions going through him right now. He likely won't have a better day with the exception of winning the Stanley Cup.''

Washington's Jeff Halpern had a goal and two assists _ tying a career high with three points _ and Alexander Semin also scored for the Capitals. Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with the win that gave them 57 points.

``The guys in the locker room obviously want to win,'' Halpern said. ``For the last two or three weeks, any chance you get to have a win, it gives you two days when you don't have to think about losing. At this point, sometimes that's enough.''

Pittsburgh, which got goals from Dick Tarnstrom and Ric Jackman, has 54 points.

Whitfield never had more than one point or goal in a game during his first 143 NHL contests. But he assisted on Washington's first goal and scored the final two.

Halpern gave Washington a 1-0 lead 3:55 into the game by grabbing a loose puck behind the net and tucking it into left side as goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin appeared to momentarily lose track of it.

Semin made it 2-0 with 48 seconds left in the period. But Pittsburgh bounced back 35 seconds later when Tarnstrom scored from in front after a slick drop pass from Aleksey Morozov.

The Capitals retook a two-goal edge when Whitfield re-directed a slap shot by Brendan Witt past Aubin 25 seconds into the second period.

Whitfield scored his second goal at 4:27 on another assist from Halpern.

Jackman scored Pittsburgh's other goal late in the period.

``They played really well,'' Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said of Washington. ``They were competitive and physical. They're not in a whole different situation than we are.''

The Penguins pressured Yeats in the third period, even getting a rare five-minute power play when Washington's Darcy Verot was given a major for elbowing. But Pittsburgh couldn't score with the extra man.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:55
WSH
Jeff Halpern (16) ASST: Trent Whitfield (5), Brad Norton (2)
1 - 0 WSH
19:12
WSH
Alexander Semin (10) ASST: Craig Johnson (6)
2 - 0 WSH
19:47
PIT
Dick Tarnstrom (16) ASST: Aleksey Morozov (31), Richard Jackman (20)
2 - 1 WSH
2nd Period
00:25
WSH
Trent Whitfield (5) ASST: Brendan Witt (10), Jeff Halpern (24)
3 - 1 WSH
04:27
WSH
Trent Whitfield (6) ASST: Jeff Halpern (25)
4 - 1 WSH
18:04
PIT
PPG - Richard Jackman (9) ASST: Konstantin Koltsov (20)
4 - 2 WSH
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
06:51
PIT
Richard Jackman  Holding against  Trent Whitfield
15:27
WSH
Craig Johnson  Hooking against  Rico Fata
2nd Period
04:47
PIT
Rico Fata  Cross checking against  Darcy Verot
04:47
WSH
Darcy Verot  Roughing against  Rico Fata
06:50
WSH
Darcy Verot  Misconduct against  Rico Fata
06:50
WSH
Darcy Verot  Roughing against  Rico Fata
06:50
WSH
Darcy Verot  Roughing against  Rico Fata
06:50
PIT
Rico Fata  Misconduct against  Darcy Verot
06:50
PIT
Rico Fata  Roughing against  Darcy Verot
06:50
PIT
Rico Fata  Roughing against  Darcy Verot
12:44
PIT
Martin Strbak  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Rick Berry
12:44
WSH
Rick Berry  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Martin Strbak
14:33
WSH
Alexander Semin  Roughing against  Dan Focht
14:33
PIT
Dan Focht  Roughing against  Alexander Semin
16:10
WSH
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre  Tripping against  Milan Kraft
3rd Period
01:56
PIT
Jean-Sebastien Aubin  Delay of game
06:44
WSH
Darcy Verot  Elbowing against  Jon Sim
12:48
WSH
Darcy Verot  Holding against  Ryan Malone
14:49
PIT
Milan Kraft  Roughing against  Brendan Witt
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SA: 29TOI: 59:30
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 24
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .862SH: 2 - 2
Matt Yeats
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0