By Lewis Gould
Vitek Vanecek made 26 saves to help the Caps end a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“It’s not fun losing. It’s fun winning,” Vanecek said. “I was just focusing, focusing every time and trying to do the best for the team. They helped me a lot today and we won. That’s a good thing.”
Conor Sheary, Jakub Vrana and Lars Eller scored for the Capitals (7-4-3), who lost 6-3 to the Penguins on Sunday. Washington had not won since Jan. 30, 4-3 in overtime against the Boston Bruins.
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 home games this season.
“I thought Tristan played a solid game tonight. Certainly made some big saves for us,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “We’ve just got to find a way to play the game and respond the right way.”
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 games against his former team.
Pittsburgh has trailed in each of its 14 games this season.