Vanecek, Capitals defeat Penguins, end four-game losing streak

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PITTSBURGHVitek Vanecek made 26 saves to help the Washington Capitals end a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. 

Conor Sheary, Jakub Vrana and Lars Eller scored for the Capitals (7-4-3), who rebounded from losing 6-3 to the Penguins on Sunday. Washington last won 4-3 in overtime against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 30. 

Tristan Jarry made a season-high 39 saves, and Zach-Aston Reese scored for the Penguins (7-6-1), who lost for the first time in six games at home this season. 

Sheary gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 4:52 of the second period. After taking a pass from Richard Panik in the right circle, Sheary scored glove side for his fifth goal in seven career games against his former team. 

Pittsburgh has trailed in each of its 14 games this season. 

Brandon Tanev had a chance to tie it on a shorthanded breakaway at 9:41 of the second, but had the puck slip off his stick blade while trying to go to his backhand. 

Vrana scored for the second time in two games since returning from NHL COVID-19 protocol, making it 2-0 with a wrist shot glove side from the right circle at 11:31 of the second. 

The Capitals outshot the Penguins 18-5 in the second period. 

Eller made it 3-0 on a wrist shot from just outside the crease after Panik found him with a pass between Kris Letang‘s legs at 1:09 of the third period. 

Aston-Reese cut it to 3-1 with a wrist shot at 15:05 of the third. He has one goal in each of his three games since returning from offseason shoulder surgery. 
 

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