Capitals in seventh heaven against Penguins

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The Washington Capitals put seven past reigning NHL Stanley Cup champions the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Nicklas Backstrom had five points as the Capitals crushed the Penguins 7-1 in Washington.

Backstrom tallied two goals and three assists for the Caps (10-4-2), who ended a run of back-to-back defeats.

T.J. Oshie also scored twice, while Dmitry Orlov, Justin Williams and Alex Ovechkin got on the scoresheet.

Phil Kessel netted for the Penguins (10-4-2), who conceded three unanswered goals in the opening period.

Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames prevailed 2-1 in overtime against the Arizona Coyotes.