Capitals Vs. Penguins: Evgeni Malkin Delivers Again In 4-3 Overtime Win

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 22: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins handles the puck infront of Mike Knuble #22 of the Washington Capitals during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Capitals 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The typical storyline between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins is Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby. Yet, Sunday, it was Ovechkin against his fellow countryman, Evgeni Malkin.

Ovechkin earned his first three-point game of the season Sunday, with his lone goal giving the Caps a 3-2 lead early in the third period after trailing 2-0 early in the first. Malkin also had three points, but his lone goal was the difference maker as it lifted the Penguins to a 4-3 overtime victory.

The goal was Malkin's league-leading seventh game-winning goal of the season and his ninth during Pittsburgh's six-game winning streak, seven of which have come in either the third period or overtime.

Malkin's recent hot streak is the reason for Pittsburgh's. He is the NHL's leading scorer with 58 points and loving every minute of it.

"I have great confidence now, you know?," Malkin said to reportsrs after the game. "You win six games, I think everyone has great confidence now. I just am enjoying the game, you know? And having fun."

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