Ovechkin scores twice; Crosby struggles

– Alex Ovechkin scored twice to take the NHL lead in goals, Braden Holtby got his fifth shutout of the season, and Sidney Crosby had one of his worst faceoff nights as the Washington Capitals broke a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Crosby lost 15 of his first 18 faceoffs and finished 17 of 24, a 29 percent success rate that is among the worst in his 594 NHL games.

HIGHLIGHTS

• LEAFS LOSE AGAIN: Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias scored in a shootout and the New Jersey Devils rallied to beat Toronto 2-1, extending the Maple Leafs' losing streak to a season-high seven games.

• CLUTTERBUCK FINED: New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck was fined $2,000 by the NHL for violating the league's rule against diving and embellishment. It was determined that Clutterbuck embellished to draw a hooking penalty on Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek on Jan. 19.

• GAGNE WAIVED: A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press that the Boston Bruins placed forward Simon Gagne on waivers for the purpose of releasing him. Gagne, a two-time 40-goal-scorer, was attempting a comeback with Boston after missing all of last season.

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