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Crosby lifts Pens in shootout victory

WASHINGTON — Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout — where goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was perfect — to lift the Penguins past the Washington Capitals, 4-3, today at Verizon Center.

The Penguins completed a five-game road trip 5-0-0 and avoided a first season series sweep at the hands of Washington.

Fleury, who finished with 29 saves, stopped Capitals forwards Alexander Semin, Viktor Kozlov and leading NHL goal-scorer Alex Ovechkin in the shootout.

Crosby scored his 25th goal and second in two games since missing four in a row with a groin injury. Right winger Bill Guerin scored his 17th and first since he was acquired from the New York Islanders on Wednesday. Defenseman Sergei Gonchar added his third in his first game since he did not play Thursday to attend the birth of his daugther.

The Penguins (35-26-6, 76 points) moved three ahead of ninth-place Buffalo for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot. The Sabres own two games in-hand.

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