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Ovechkin nets 2 goals to take NHL lead; Crosby struggles in return as Caps blank Pens 4-0

  • Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) and Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), from Russia, battle for the puck against the boards, in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) and Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), from Russia, battle for the puck against the boards, in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) and Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Zach Sill (38) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) and Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Zach Sill (38) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen (38) boards Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Steve Downie (23) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen (38) boards Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Steve Downie (23) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

Alex Ovechkin scored twice to take the NHL lead in goals, Braden Holtby recovered from a mini-slump to get his fifth shutout of the season, and Sidney Crosby had one of his worst faceoff nights as the Washington Capitals broke a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Ovechkin had a tip-in goal in the first period and then scored from his customary spot in the left circle with a one-timer on a power play in the second. His 29 goals are one more than Rich Nash and Tyler Seguin. Eric Fehr and Mike Green scored in the third.

Holtby, the stabilizing force that helped the Capitals recover from a slow start to the season, had allowed four goals in each of his last three starts.

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