Sunday, February 7, 2010

NHL Recap 2-7-10: Ovie one-ups Sid; Bs end skid

NBC execs high-five each other
I guess people were entertained by the Pittsburgh-Washington game on NBC. I missed it. Was working. Glad I missed it.

Alex Ovechkin's hat trick and assist on the game-winner propelled Washington past Pittsburgh, 5-4 in overtime, for the Capitals' 14th straight win. Mike Knuble poked home an Ovechkin rebound on a power play for the winning margin. Eric Fehr also scored for Washington. Nicklas Backstrom posted two helpers.

Sidney Crosby's two goals tied a career-high with 39 and Jordan Staal also scored twice. Evgeni Malkin had two assists.

Backup ends Boston's streak
Maybe Boston caught Montreal at the right time. Maybe it was just time for the Bruins.

Either way, Tuukka Rask made 36 saves and the Bruins ended an 0-6-4 streak by blanking Montreal, 3-0. Marco Sturm scored twice and Patrice Bergeron assisted on both of the goals. Adam McQuaid netted his first career goal.

The Canadiens had won three straight, including wins over Vancouver and Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Stats of the night
0 - Clutch power play goals for Pittsburgh this season.
25 - Points lost by Pittsburgh because its power play can't score.

(Note: Stats may be inaccurate. The writer is not a happy hockey fan right now.)

Quote of the night
"If I sleep, it's going to be on the scoreboard right away so you try be as sharp as possible."
Rask. I have no idea what he's talking about. Maybe something like he has to always pay attention to the game or else risk giving up a goal?

Notable games
Monday, Feb. 8 (5 games)
-San Jose (38-11-9) at Toronto (19-29-11), 7 p.m. ET. Can Jean-Sebastien Giguere make it three straight shutouts?

-New Jersey (36-19-2) at Philadelphia (28-25-3), 7 p.m. Here's one battle.

-Los Angeles (36-19-3) at Anaheim (27-24-7), 10 p.m. Here's another.

Back to the Super Bowl.

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