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Penguins, Sheary halt two streaks in OT win

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Conor Sheary celebrates the overtime winner Monday night. — GETTY

Stuck in a season-long three-game slide, the Penguins said they would stop trying to outscore the opposition. Instead, they were aiming to play soundly and let offense develop from defense.

Maybe next time?

Highlighted by a six-goal second period, they edged the previously-streaking Capitals, 8-7 in overtime, Monday night at PPG Paints Arena when Conor Sheary scored his second goal of the game 36 seconds into the extra period. With Sidney Crosby in tow during a two-on-one rush, Sheary let fly from right wing, then crashed the net to convert the rebound.

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"I heard the crowd react," Sheary said, when asked how he knew his 13th goal of the season slid over the line. "I was diggin' at it and I was face down on the ice, so I'm lucky it went in."

Evgeni Malkin's force-of-nature hat trick powered the Penguins (27-11-5) early, as they scored at least six for the sixth time this season. All have been on home ice, where they are a league-best 19-2-2.

Crosby scored a goal and assisted on three others -- putting him one behind Edmonton's Connor McDavid for the league scoring lead -- while Justin Schultz piled on four assists. Although the Penguins have allowed 24 goals in their past four games, they overcame a 3-0 second-period deficit before squandered a 7-5 lead in the third.

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