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Penguins pull together to end seven-game skid

WASHINGTON — Jeff Carter couldn’t remember if he had ever played on defense in his 18 NHL seasons, but he knew he had to answer the call with the Pittsburgh Penguins down to three healthy defensemen Wednesday, desperate for a win, and coach Mike Sullivan looking for a forward to help.

“I was little bit out of my element there,” Carter said. “But ‘Sully’ says you’ve got to play your position.”

It was only for one shift in the third period of a 4-1 victory against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena, but it was emblematic of the kind of group effort the Penguins needed to end their seven-game skid (0-6-1).

Fortunately for Pittsburgh, and Carter, defenseman Jeff Petry was able to return shortly after hobbling to the locker room following a hip check on Nicolas Aube-Kubel. It…

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