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Penguins beat Capitals on opening night

Phil Kessel scored the decisive goal in the shootout and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Alex Ovechkin to clinch a 3-2 opening night win for the Penguins over the Capitals on Thursday.

The energy was turned all the way up in newly named PPG Paints Arena as the Penguins beat the Washington Capitals in their season opener 3-2 in a shootout Thursday night.

Phil Kessel scored the game winning goal in the shootout as the Penguins took the first game of their regular season schedule.

Although the team raised the 2016 Stanley Cup championship banner before puck drop, the good vibes did not last long as Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky gave his team a 1-0 lead just 59 seconds into the game.

Patrick Hornqvist opened up the scoring for the Penguins with his power play goal in the 2nd period to tie the game at 1-1.

Pittsburgh and Washington last met on the ice during last year’s playoffs, where the Penguins beat the top seeded Capitals in six games to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Evgeni Malkin put the Penguins ahead 2-1 late in the second period with a crafty goal directly in front of the net.

Washington answered the call early in the 3rd period when Burakovsky scored his second goal to tie the game at two all.

The shootout went four rounds and culminated when Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury shut down Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin to seal the win for the Penguins.

Fleury got the start in net over his counterpart Matt Murray, who is currently out with a hand injury. The two are expected to split time in net this season. He stopped 39 of the 41 shots he faced on the night.

This season, the Penguins look to become the first team since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

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