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PITTSBURGH -- Rookie defenseman Olli Maatta helped the Pittsburgh Penguins make some history Wednesday night when his goal with 1:54 remaining lifting them to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals.

It was the Penguins' 13th consecutive victory at Consol Energy Center, breaking the record for most home wins in a row. They had a 12-game streak last season from Feb. 22-March 30.

Maatta scored his fourth goal on a wrist shot from the left circle on a pass from center Evgeni Malkin. Maata also had an assist for Pittsburgh (34-12-2)

Defenseman Kris Letang and left wingers Taylor Pyatt and Jussi Jokinen also scored goals for the Penguins, who won five of their last six games overall. Jokinen added an assist.

Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 34th goal while center Brooks Laich and left winger Jason Chimera also added goals. Center Marcus Johansson assisted on two of the scores for Washington (22-17-8), which lost for the seventh time in its last nine games.

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for his fifth straight win. Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth stopped 33 shots.

The Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins won their sixth straight games against their division rivals.

Both teams scored goals in four-on-four situations earlier in the third period.

Jokinen tied it at 3 with 8:25 remaining with his 13th goal, scoring from point-blank range off a backhanded pass from center Brandon Sutter.

Ovechkin had put the Capitals in front 3-2 three minutes earlier when he scored in the crease on a pass from Johannson. Ovechkin scored a goal in six straight games at Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins scored twice in the second period to tie the game at 2 after failing to score on 17 shots on goal in the first period when the Capitals took a 1-0 lead.

Letang knotted the score at 1 at 9:53 when he took a drop pass from center Sidney Crosby on a three-on-two rush and slid it past Neuvirth for his ninth goal.

Chimera scored his ninth goal at 14:31 to put the Capitals ahead when he completed a tic-tac-toe play on passes from Johansson and defenseman Dmitry Orlov.

The Penguins tied it again at 16:08 when Pyatt converted a pass into the crease from Maatta for his first goal in his 28th game of the season.

Laich opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 15:09 of the first period. Laich deked Letang at the left dot then beat Fleury from the crease for his fifth goal.

NOTES: Penguins LW James Neal, who has 14 points in his last eight games, was scratched because of an upper-body injury and RW Chuck Kobasew sat out with a lower-body injury. ... With the Capitals playing on the second of back-to-back nights, rookie G Philipp Grubauer was a healthy scratch despite allowing a combined two goals on 59 shots in regulation and overtime in Washington's previous two games, both 2-1 shootout losses. ... The Penguins recalled RW Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL, where he had one goal, one assists and 137 penalty minutes in 31 games. ... Capitals RW Joel Ward played in his 400th career NHL game. ... The Capitals began a stretch of playing eight of nine games on the road. They visit the Blue Jackets on Friday night at Columbus. ... The Penguins don't play again until next Monday night when they host the Florida Panthers.

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