The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center to end the hosts five-game winning streak.
Pittsburgh (5-4-0) started the season with three consecutive losses but have won five of their past six games, and they were boosted by another solid performance from Marc-Andre Fleury who made 33 saves in the Penguins goal.
Phil Kessel scored the go-ahead goal 3:49 into the third period for the visitors as he tucked Evgeni Malkin's pass behind Washington goaltender Braden Holtby for his fourth strike of the season, breaking a 1-1 tie. Nick Bonino hit the empty net with 1:43 remaining and Bennett also scored in the first period replying just 24 seconds after Evgeny Kuznetsov opener for the Capitals (6-2-0).
Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators ran out 2-1 winners of the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in California.
Pekka Rinne made 20 saves for the Predators (7-1-1), who sit atop the Western Conference, but it was Eric Nystrom's who scored 3:22 into the game and Calle Jarnkrok's strike that broke a tie with 11:08 remaining to lift the Predators to victory – Joe Pavelski scored for San Jose (5-4-0).
Elsewhere, the Ottawa Senators ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames at the Canadian Tire Centre.
After Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad scored in the shootout, Senators goaltender Craig Anderson denied Sean Monahanto to give the hosts their first victory in five games at home.
Turris, Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau had all scored for the Senators (4-3-2) in regulation while Dougie Hamilton, Joe Colbourne, Kris Russell and Sam Bennett scored for the Flames. Colborne also struck in the shootout as Calgary (2-7-1) fell to their third straight loss.