Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wednesday's action: Caps win again; Wings creating pressure

For third time, Washington beats Pittsburgh
Even down 2-0 in a shootout, you can't count the Capitals out.

Alexanders Ovechkin and Semin and Mike Knuble scored three straight goals, Jose Theodore made two straight saves and Washington defeated Pittsburgh, 4-3 in a shootout, despite trailing 2-0 after three shooters.

Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby didn't disappoint too much in the latest meeting. Neither scored in regulation but each had a couple good chances and both found pay dirt in the shootout. It was Semin who turned the game around when he picked off another stupid cross-ice pass by Crosby and scored shorthanded to tie the score at 2-2. Knuble had scored earlier in the game and Eric Fehr scored shortly after the Semin goal for a 3-2 Caps lead.

Otherwise, the story was Theodore, who made 39 saves in regulation. Max Talbot, Bill Guerin and Jordan Staal scored for the Penguins. Both Crosby and Ovechkin recorded one assist.

Detroit wins again
There's only one team hotter than Detroit right now.

Valtteri Filppula scored two third-period goals and also had an assist to spur Detroit to a 4-2 victory over St. Louis. The Red Wings are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, are four points ahead of No. 9 Calgary, and just two behind Nashville and Colorado.

Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi each had a goal and assist and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves for Detroit. Brian Rafalski posted two assists.

Paul Kariya and Jay McClement scored goals for the Blues, who fell 10 points behind Detroit with nine games left. The Western playoff picture is taking shape and losing contenders.

In other action
--Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist in support of Henrik Lundqvist's 27 saves in the Rangers' 5-0 whitewash of the Islanders to stop a three-game skid.
--Buffalo struck for two goals in the final two minutes and stunned Montreal, 3-2 in a shootout. Tim Connolly and Steve Montador scored 71 seconds apart and Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek had tiebreaker goals to give the Sabres the win. Andrei Kostitsyn had both Montreal goals.
--Another late comeback resulted in a valuable point, this time when Los Angeles erased a two-goal third period deficit, getting the tying goal from Alexander Frolov with 1:21 to play, but Colorado recovered to earn a 3-2 shootout victory. Peter Mueller had two assists for the Avalanche.
--Daniel Sedin scored a goal and set up two others in Vancouver's 4-1 win over Anaheim, a crippling loss for the Ducks.

Stat of the night
0-10-3 - Pittsburgh's record against the top six teams in the league (based on points)

Quote of the night
"Fleury, make a fucking save when you have a 2-0 shootout lead."

Marquee matchup
Thursday, March 25 (11 games)
I don't really think there are too many good games. I guess Phoenix (46-23-5) at Nashville (42-27-5), 8 p.m. ET. Lot of playoff-bubble teams are in action.

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