Jarry made a pad save against Alex Ovechkin on a breakaway with 4:07 left in the period.
Ovechkin had four shots on goal in 18 minutes, 42 seconds of ice time.
“I thought we played well in the first period,” Washington captain Ovechkin said. “The second time, we didn’t score. They scored and that’s how it was.”
Acquired in a trade with the Las Vegas Golden Knights on June 28, Smith scored his first goal with the Penguins at 16:57 of the third period in a 4-0 win, taking a pass from Malkin and shooting from the left circle. decided.
“I thought Geno was going to be in the game tonight,” Sullivan said. “When he’s playing the game, the puck just seems to follow him. …That play he made on Riley’s goal at the end, it was just an unbelievable pass. It started with the truck and the puck followed him. All I had to do was follow him from behind.
“He’s played on both ends of the rink. He competes hard. When he’s in the game, I think he’s the most dominant player in the league.”
Note: If Crosby and Malkin scored in the same regular season game, Pittsburgh would be 103-10-5. … Malkin becomes the first Penguins player over the age of 37 to score three points in the period since Steve Sullivan on Dec. 16, 2011. … Penguins forward Lars Eller played seven seasons (2016-2023) in Washington and won a Stanley Cup. He scored the winning goal in 2018 and received a video tribute in his first game back here since being traded to the Colorado Avalanche on March 1. On July 1, he signed a two-year contract with Pittsburgh. … Jarry passes Matt Murray for third place on the Penguins’ career wins list (118) He stopped 51 of 54 shots in two starts. …The Capitals suffered a shutout loss for the first time in 49 season openers. …Goaltender Clay Stevenson was recalled from Hershey of the American Hockey League to be Lindgren’s backup.