Penguins sweep Capitals with shutout, take lead in East Division


WASHINGTON Tristan Jarry made 23 saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3-0 win against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Saturday.

Bryan Rust scored two goals, giving him 100 in the NHL, and Jeff Carter scored for the Penguins (34-15-3), who have won six of seven.

Ilya Samsonov made 23 saves for the Capitals (32-14-5).

The Penguins defeated the Capitals 5-4 in overtime on Thursday and were 6-2-0 against Washington this season, with three wins in overtime and one in a shootout.

Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead when Washington forward Garnet Hathaway fell, resulting in a breakaway for Rust, who scored on a wrist shot from the left circle at 2:56.

Rust made it 2-0 when he beat two Capitals to a loose puck, came in alone, faked left and went right while sliding the puck past Samsonov 26 seconds into the second period.

The forward has scored 22 goals this season; he has played 360 NHL games.

Kris Letang‘s shot deflected off Carter’s skate to increase the lead to 3-0 at 10:43.

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (lower body) missed a fourth straight game because of an injury for the first time since missing an NHL career-high six games with a shoulder injury Nov. 4-14, 2009.

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (lower body) missed his 22nd game.

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