Sidney Crosby Extends Streak As Fleury Keeps Pens Up By One

Alan ZlotorzynskiCorrespondent IIIDecember 23, 2010

Pens fans show support in Washington tonight
Pens fans show support in Washington tonightGreg Fiume/Getty Images

The Washington Capitals came out and played one of their best first periods of the season but it was Pittsburgh and Sidney Crosby that would tally the only goal of the first period. Crosby standing all alone to the right of Caps goalie Michael Neuvirth chipped it past Neuvirth to put the Pens up 1-0 just 3:21 into the game.

Crosby extended his points scoring streak to 23 games with the goal.

Ovechkin came out physical dropping several big hits including one on fellow Russian rival Evgeni Malkin.

Pens net minder Marc-Andre Fleury continued his stellar play stopping all 12 Washington shots. Washington outshot Pittsburgh 12-6 in the first period.

The Caps would pepper Fleury at times as he would come up big with the glove on many Caps shots, Washington continued it struggles on the power play going 0-2 and failing to convert a five on three. The Caps would get a 1:12 advantage with two men before Brooks Laich would get caught for interference ending the power play.

Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke filled Alex Ovechkin's shooting lanes on the penalty kill as Washington continued to force feed a struggling Ovechkin.

The Pend would go 0-1 with the extra man. Washington worked harder in the corners for most of the first period but could not convert any of the numerous cross crease passing chances.

Crosby and Ovechkin led the way in shots for the period for their teams. Crosby with two and Ovechkin with four shots.

The Penguins win when scoring first 83 percent of the time.

Pittsburgh opened the second period with a penalty shot, read to find out what happened after the second period.