***** National Hockey League Game Capsules *****
(Sunday, March 29)
Final Score: Washington 5, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin and Jason Chimera each scored
two goals in the Washington Capitals' 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on
Sunday. Braden Holtby made 23 saves for the Capitals, who hold the first
wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Holtby started Saturday's 4-3
loss to Nashville, but was pulled late in the first period after giving up
three goals on 13 shots. Kevin Hayes and Derick Brassard lit the lamp for
the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers, who have lost three of four.
Cam Talbot stopped 26-of-30 shots.
Final Score: Calgary 5, Nashville 2
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Bouma scored a pair of goals,
and the Calgary Flames took a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday.
Jiri Hudler posted a goal and an assist to help the Flames get at least a
point for the fifth time in their last six games. With 89 points, Calgary
moved a point ahead of Los Angeles for the third spot in the Pacific Division.
Calgary also got goals from Kris Russell and Michael Ferland, and Jonas Hiller
made 27 saves in the win. A day after clinching a playoff berth themselves,
the Predators lost a four-game winning streak. Carter Hutton started in place
of star goalie Pekka Rinne and allowed four goals on 29 shots. Roman Josi and
Seth Jones scored Nashville's goals.
Final Score: Boston 2, Carolina 1 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - David Pastrnak scored with 37 seconds left
in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes
on Sunday. Carl Soderberg skated the puck in down the right wing and from
the corner he sent a backhand, no-look pass to the left wing where it found
Pastrnak, who one-timed a low shot between the pads of Anton Khudobin for the
win. Ryan Spooner had the other goal and Tuukka Rask made 30 stops for the
Bruins, who have won their past two. Boston has 89 points on the season and
moved three up on Ottawa for the final wild card spot in the Eastern
Conference. Nathan Gerbe had the only goal of the game for the Hurricanes,
who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Khudobin finished with 28 stops.
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Detroit 4
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Cal Clutterbuck's short-handed goal early
in the second period proved to be the game-winner as the New York Islanders
earned a wild 5-4 decision over the Detroit Red Wings. The recently slumping
Islanders halted a seven-game home losing streak by getting major
contributions from their special teams units. In addition to Clutterbuck's
short-handed marker, New York received power-play goals from Brock Nelson,
Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen while going 3-of-4 with the man advantage.
Ryan Strome also scored for the Islanders, John Tavares broke out of a slump
by notching three assists and Jaroslav Halak overcame a brutal start in the
win. The All-Star goaltender let up a pair of goals in the first two minutes,
but just two more the rest of the way while registering 21 saves. Counterpart
Petr Mrazek, coming off a 23-save shutout of high-powered Tampa Bay on
Saturday, was pulled 16 seconds into the second period after permitting four
goals on 11 shots. Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar recorded a goal and an assist
for Detroit, which also received scores from Drew Miller and Niklas Kronwall.
Final Score: Florida 4, Ottawa 2
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaromir Jagr scored two goals to help lift
the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. Jussi
Jokinen and Dave Bolland also tallied for Florida, which continues to trail
Boston by four points for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Panthers conclude their five-game road trip Tuesday against the Bruins.
Dan Ellis stopped 25 Ottawa shots in his first action since March 17. Erik
Karlsson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored third-period goals as an Ottawa
comeback bid came up short. Craig Anderson made 33 saves for the Senators, who
fell three points behind the Bruins.
Final Score: Anaheim 2, New Jersey 1
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Francois Beauchemin's early third-period goal
proved to be the winner as the Anaheim Ducks held on for a 2-1 victory over
New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. Beauchemin was credited with a goal that
went in off New Jersey defenseman Jon Merrill, and the Ducks hung on for
their NHL-leading 32nd one-goal win of the season. Ryan Kesler scored in the
first period for Anaheim, which closed out a five-game road trip with a
third consecutive win. The Ducks, who are in the driver's seat for the
Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top team, started their trek by getting
outscored 12-5 in losses to the New York Rangers and Columbus. John Gibson
made 26 saves, including one in the Devils' final flurry after Ducks
defenseman Hampus Lindholm fired the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game
penalty with 1:02 left in the game. Scott Gomez hit the crossbar during
the 6-on-4 power play. Dainius Zubrus scored with 3:25 remaining in the
third for the Devils, who have dropped five straight games and were
officially eliminated from playoff contention. They haven't reached the
postseason since losing to Los Angeles in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. Cory
Schneider stopped 23 Anaheim shots.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Winnipeg 3
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Toews scored the winning goal with
30.8 seconds to play to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over the
Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. With time winding down, Niklas Hjalmarsson
blasted a shot on net from the right point that hit off Toews and went in
to give Chicago the lead and the team was able to keep the Jets from getting
another shot before time expired. Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw and Brad
Richards all scored for the Blackhawks, who had lost three of four coming in.
Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots in the win for Chicago, which has 96 points on
the season and sits in the third spot in the Central Division, one ahead of
Minnesota and three back of St. Louis. Dustin Byfuglien scored twice and
Blake Wheeler also scored for the Jets, who had won six of seven. Ondrej
Pavelec stopped 20 shots in the loss. Winnipeg is holding on to the final
wild card spot in the Western Conference with 90 points, two ahead of Los
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, San Jose 2 (SO)
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves in the
first 65 minutes and did not allow a goal in the shootout as the Pittsburgh
Penguins earned a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. Early in the
overtime period, Patric Hornqvist took a four-minute high-sticking
penalty, and Fleury had to make four saves on San Jose's 4-on-3 power play.
Hornqvist and Chris Kunitz scored 56 seconds apart in the first period, and
David Perron and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout for Pittsburgh in its
second straight win. San Jose wrapped up a seven-game road trip with a 3-3-1
record. Alex Stalock made 33 saves in the setback. Ben Smith and Logan
Couture scored for the Sharks, but the shootout ended when Couture's shot in
the second round rang off the post.
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