Pens top Caps in shootout, win, 3-2

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Phil Kes­sel beat Braden Holtby in the fourth round of a shootout and the host Pitts­burgh Pen­guins be­gan the de­fense of their Stan­ley Cup with a 3-2 vic­tory over the Washington Cap­i­tals on Thurs­day night.

Kes­sel’s wrist shot over Holtby’s glove was ini­tially ruled no goal, but the call was over­turned on re­play. Marc-An­dre Fleury then stuffed Alex Ovechkin from in close to help the Pen­guins im­prove to 5-0 all-time against Washington in sea­son open­ers.

Fleury fin­ished with 39 saves for Pitts­burgh. Pa­tric Horn­qvist and Ev­geni Malkin scored as the Pen­guins capped a cel­e­bra­tory night in which they lifted their lat­est Stan­ley Cup ban­ner to the rafters by trip­ping up a fa­mil­iar ri­val.

An­dre Bu­rakovsky scored twice for Washington, and Holtby made 28 stops but al­lowed three goals in the shootout.

The Pen­guins be­gan their 50th sea­son with one fi­nal nod to their 49th, as Sid­ney Crosby capped an elec­tric pregame cer­e­mony by car­ry­ing the Stan­ley Cup onto the ice one last time and plac­ing it on a ta­ble at cen­ter ice be­fore join­ing his team­mates to watch the ban­ner join oth­ers the or­ga­ni­za­tion earned in 1991, 1992 and 2009. Crosby, who has a con­cus­sion, did not play. The Kings placed Jonathan Quick (lower body) on IR. ... Sabres top-line C Jack Eichel will be out in­def­i­nitely af­ter suf­fer­ing a sprained an­kle Wed­nes­day in prac­tice. Coach Dan Bylsma said Eichel will miss “weeks and not days.”

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