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WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkins goal was no surprise. But when defencemen Nate Schmidt and Karl Alzner scored, it was an unexpected bonus for Washington. Braden Holtby made 34 saves and Ovechkin scored the second of three goals by the Capitals in the first 17 minutes of a 5-2 victory over the Predators on Saturday night, extending Nashvilles losing streak to five games. Troy Brouwer and Eric Fehr also scored for the Capitals. Ovechkin got his 22nd goal this season and ninth on the power play, both NHL highs. Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski each had two assists. Schmidt, a 22-year-old rookie, got his first NHL goal. Alzner, a six-year veteran, got his first career goal in 148 home games. "Thats what Im here for. Im a game-closer. The finisher, they could call me," joked Alzner, who has six career goals and said he had been aware of his failure to score at home since his rookie season. In the dressing room, Schmidt had a wide smile as he posed for pictures with the puck. "Ive been used to previously having more points," he said. "Being a first-year defenceman, its going to come." Roman Josi scored the Predators first goal at the end of the first period and fed Eric Nystrom for their other one with 16:08 left. Nashville defenceman Shea Weber, playing for the first time since getting hit in the face by a puck on Nov. 28, also had an assist. "We couldnt find a way to score. Obviously, we didnt have many power plays tonight (one) to try and build momentum," Weber said. "Same story, weve just got to find a way to put it in." Washington took the lead after Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec (28 saves) failed to control a slap shot from the wing by Fehr. Battling a Predators defender, Brouwer got enough of his stick on the puck to trickle a backhand past Mazanec for his sixth goal. Less than 7 minutes later, Ovechkin scored 3 seconds into a power play, firing a slap shot off a faceoff feed from Backstrom. Alzner made it 3-0 with his first regular-season goal since Feb. 12. In addition to winning a draw that led to the goal, Backstrom played a role on the shot. He obstructed the view of Mazanec, slow to react on a drive from the defenceman that came from just inside the blue line. Alzner has often been criticized for a lack of aggressiveness with the puck. "When its his turn, we need a goal from him, or a good play, and we got one tonight," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "Every little touch he makes benefits us big picture." The teams traded goals early in the third period. After Schmidt scored the first of his career, Nystrom retaliated 23 seconds later in transition. With 5:10 left, Fehr got the clincher, scoring for the fourth time this season. He has six points in six games. "I think we were getting a little bit too fancy, looking for that perfect tap-in, backdoor play," Fehr said. "We talked before the game (and said), just get pucks to the net and crash and get some rebounds and try to get a greasy one. It worked out." NOTES: Ex-Capital Matt Hendricks faced Washington for the first time since he was signed by Nashville as a free agent. ... The losing streak is the longest for Nashville since it dropped eight straight in April. ... Nashvilles frustration showed as Rich Clune picked a fight with Washington rookie Tom Wilson, but got the worst of it after his helmet came off in the tussle. ... With the 136th power-play goal of his career, Ovechkin moved within one of Peter Bondras franchise record. ... The goal for Alzner was his first in 148 regular-season games at home. Chuck Bednarik Jersey .Y. -- As if the worst start in franchise history isnt bad enough, Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black braced his teams win-starved fans for potentially more tough times. Stefen Wisniewski Jersey . Although taking two of three from the Baltimore Orioles wasnt nearly as uplifting as winning the World Series, it still felt pretty darn good. Felix Doubront and four relievers combined kept Baltimores potent lineup in check, and David Ortiz had three of Bostons 12 hits off Wei-Yin Chen in a 4-3 victory Thursday night. http://www.theeaglesshoponline.com/Yout ... es-Jersey/. Philippe Desrosiers stopped 42 shots through overtime and three more in the shootout to pick up his third shutout of the season for Rimouski (31-15-7). Zachary Fucale made 28 saves for Halifax (34-17-3) in the loss. Fletcher Cox Jersey . "Uuufff," was all shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria could come up with after Stantons latest mammoth shot. Donnie Jones Jersey . "Weve given ourselves now a tougher task," said Carlyle after the Friday practice, the Toronto head coach notably chipper and upbeat throughout. "But the bottom line is we just have to win our share of games [and] not worry about what anybody else is doing.Philadelphia has the leagues most productive duo, Fleurys strong season continues and Colorados senior citizens are leading the team; lots of lineup news, Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullens Statistically Speaking. HEROES Giroux & Voracek – Philadelphias dynamic duo each had four points (Claude Giroux with two goals, two assists; Voracek with four assists) in a 7-4 win at Toronto Saturday, then Voracek added two more goals and Giroux an assist in Sundays 4-3 overtime win at Winnipeg. Among common linemates, Voracek and Giroux, the first and third-leading scorers in the league, are at the top of the class. TOP PAIRS DUO TEAM TOTAL G TOTAL PTS EV CORSI% Jakob Voracek-Claude Giroux Philadelphia 24 84 57.2% Tyler Seguin-Jamie Benn Dallas 35 72 53.9% Phil Kessel-James van Riemsdyk Toronto 31 65 42.7% Vladimir Tarasenko-Jaden Schwartz St. Louis 31 64 52.2% Tyler Johnson-Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay 23 64 57.6% Steven Stamkos-Ryan Callahan Tampa Bay 30 63 58.3% Sidney Crosby-Patric Hornqvist Pittsburgh 21 62 55.0% Patrick Kane-Kris Versteeg Chicago 25 61 54.9% Nicklas Backstrom-Alex Ovechkin Washington 25 61 56.2% Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry Anaheim 26 59 49.2% Marc-Andre Fleury – Turned aside 45 of 46 shots in a 3-1 win over Florida Saturday, continuing his career-best season, posting a .933 save percentage (his previous best was .921 in 2007-2008) with a league-leading six shutouts. Colorados seniors – Jaromie Iginla and Alex Tanguay each had three points in Saturdays 5-1 win at Buffalo. Iginla now has 11 points (5 G, 6 A) in the past dozen games and Tanguay has been even more productive, with 13 points (5 G, 8 A) in his past dozen games. Tanguay and Iginla have moved into the top two spots on the Colorado scoring chart, with a relatively-modest 22 and 21 points, respectively. These are the top scoring forwards, aged 35 or older, this season: LEADING 35-AND-OVER SCORERS PLAYER TEAM POS GP G A PTS Joe Thornton San Jose C 34 8 21 29 Patrick Marleau San Jose LW 34 7 20 27 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit C 23 13 11 24 Martin St. Louis N.Y. Rangers RW 31 10 13 23 Alex Tanguay Colorado LW 30 11 11 22 Marian Hossa Chicago RW 34 6 15 21 Jarome Iginla Colorado RW 32 7 14 21 Mark Streit Philadelphia D 33 4 17 21 Jaromir Jagr New Jersey RW 34 5 15 20 Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh LW 24 9 11 20 ZEROES Andy Greene – The Devils blueliner was buried in the defensive zone against Tampa Bay Friday, finishing with 13.8% possession (4 shot attempts for, 25 against), paired mostly with Jon Merrill and matched frequently against Tampa Bay’s top line of Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Drouin and Ryan Callahan. Mark Fayne – The Edmonton defenceman played more than 23 minutes against Dallas Sunday, but was thumped in possession (5 shot attempts for, 34 against, 12.8%). Fayne has had a somewhat difficult transition to Edmonton, going from a 55% Corsi performer in New Jersey last year to 49% with the Oilers this year. Goalies: Ilya Bryzgalov – The Ducks goaltender allowed six goals on 31 shots at Ottawa Friday. Jonathan Bernier – Toronto’s number one between the pipes surrendered seven goals on 41 shots against Philadelphia Saturday. Darcy Kuemper – Minnesota’s puck-stopper gave up three goals on 14 shots in Saturday’s 6-5 overtime loss to Nashville. Pekka Rinne – Quite possibly the frontrunner for the Vezina Trophy, the Predators goalie allowed five goals on 27 shots in 6-5 win at Minnesota Saturday. Kari Lehtonen – Dallas’ starter was yanked from the cage after allowing four goals on 19 shots against Edmonton Sunday. LINEUP NEED TO KNOW James Neal – Nashville’s top-line right winger missed Saturday’s win over Minnesota due to illness, though it’s reportedly not the mumps. Craig Smith replaced Neal on the top line and had a goal and an assist while playing a season-high 18:44. Jimmy Howard – Detroit’s starting goaltender suffered a lower-body injury Friday against the Islanders. With Jonas Gustavsson already out, Petr Mrazek will start in Howard’s absence and Thomas McCollum was recalled to fill the backup role. Mikael Granlund – The Minnesota Wild pivot missed Saturday’s game against Nashville due to illness. Charlie Coyle moved up to play with Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek, and registered a pair of assists in a season-high 19:43. Matt Cooke – Minnesota’s veteran checking winger returned to action Saturday against Nashville, playing his first game since being sidelined by a lower-body injury in late October. Brad Richards – The veteran Blackhawks centre missed Sunday’s game against Toronto with an upper-body injury. For a bit of a twist, the Blackhawks put Patrick Sharp at centre with Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg, and Sharp responded with three assists. Derick Brassard – Returned to action for both of the Rangers’ games against Carolina on the weekend, after missing a week with the mumps. Jonathan Drouin – The Tampa Bay rookie has seen his ice time increasing, playing a season-high 21:15 at New Jersey Friday, skating most frequently on the top line with Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan. Ondrej Palat – Returned to the Lightning lineup Friday after missing 10 days with a lower-body injury. Radko Gudas – Tampa Bay’s bruising blueliner returned to the lineup Friday after missing eight days with a lower-body injury. Grant Clitsome – On the depleted Winnipeg blueline, Played 24:43 against Boston Friday, then 20:19 against Philadelphia Sunday. Considering that Clitsome averaged 19:47 per game last season, and is at 15:09 per game this season, he’s a logical candidate to take on a bigger role while the Jets’ defence is overrun by injuries. Chris Kunitz – Returned to the Penguins’ lineup Saturday after missing three weeks with a broken foot. Patrick Bordeleau – The Colorado tough guy, recovered from a back injury, got into the Avs lineup for the first time this season during Saturday’s win at Buffalo. Rasmus Ristolainen – The second-year Sabres defenceman played a career-high 27:01 Saturday against Colorado, then followed up by playing 26:46 at Boston Sunday. Ristolainen has also contrributed three points (2 G, 1 A) in the past four games.dddddddddddd. Tyler Myers – The main reason Ristolainen saw the increased workload is that Myers suffered a lower-body injury and was forced to leave early Saturday. Mark Barberio – The Lightning blueliner skated in a career-high 22:29, in his 63rd career game, at the Islanders Saturday, due to Jason Garrison leaving early with an undisclosed injury. Jannik Hansen – The Canucks winger collapsed on the bench during Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win vs. Calgary, though appears to be fine since the incident. Brian Gionta – The Sabres captain left Sunday’s game against Boston early after a questionable hit from Bruins D Matt Bartkowski. Anton Lander – The perennial Oilers prospect was promoted again and had a team-leading six shots on goal in 16:39 against Dallas, then was sent right back to Oklahoma City of the AHL, where he has 27 points (8 G, 19 A) in 26 games this season. SHORT SHIFTS Ducks C Ryan Getzlaf scored both of Anaheim’s goals in a 6-2 loss at Ottawa Friday, giving him 18 points (6 G, 12 A) in the past 11 games…Senators RW Bobby Ryan registered a pair of assists, giving him eight points (2 G, 6 A) in the past seven games…Senators C Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist against Anaheim Friday, and now has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in the past five games…Senators C Mika Zibanejad registered a goal and an assist against the Ducks and has 11 points (6 G, 5 A) in the past nine games…Penguins RW Steve Downie had two assists and 17 PIM in 5:56 of ice time against Florida Saturday…Penguins LW Nick Spaling had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Florida, giving him six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past six games…Canadiens C Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Ottawa; he has six points (4 G, 2 A) in the past three games and, moving to centre, has pushed David Desharnais to left wing…Canadiens LW Max Pacioretty recorded two assists against Ottawa, giving him seven points (1 G, 6 A) in the past five games…Kings C Anze Kopitar had three assists in Saturday’s 4-2 win vs. Arizona and has nine points (1 G, 8 A) in the past three games…Flyers C Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist in Philadelphia’s 7-4 win at Toronto, giving him nine points (4 G, 5 A) in the past nine games…Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win at New Jersey; he has nine points (5 G, 4 A) in the past six games. Stars C Tyler Seguin recorded two goals and an assist with 11 shot attempts (9 SOG) in Sunday’s 6-5 shootout win at Edmonton; he has 20 points (13 G, 7 A) in the past 14 games…Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists in Chicago’s 4-0 win over Toronto and now has 26 points (12 G, 14 A) in the past 18 games…Flyers C Vincent Lecavalier tallied a pair of goals in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win at Winnipeg. Lecavalier had zero goals (and two assists) in his previous 14 games… Predators D Roman Josi had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 6-5 overtime win at Minnesota; Josi has 12 points (3 G, 9 A) in the past 16 games…After two assists against Minnesota, Predators D Shea Weber has 14 points (2 G, 12 A) in those same 16 games…Wild RW Jason Pominville had a pair of assists in Saturday’s 6-5 overtime loss to Nashville, and has 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in the past ten games…Wild LW Zach Parise had two goals and an assist against Nashville, giving him 12 points (5 G, 7 A) in the past 10 games…Wild D Ryan Suter had a pair of assists vs. Nashville and has 10 assists in the past eight games. Stars C Cody Eakin (20 shot attempts for, 5 against) and D Jamie Oleksiak (17 shot attempts for, 4 against) both had at least 80% possession against Calgary Friday…Senators RW Alex Chiasson had a stellar possession game (21 shot attempts for, 4 against, 84.0%), with only 14.3% offensive zone starts, against Montreal Saturday…Islanders C Frans Nielsen delivered a strong possession game (12 shot attempts for, 1 against, 92.3%) against Tampa Bay Saturday…In a little over seven minutes of even-strength ice time against the Rangers Saturday, Hurricanes LW Zach Boychuk was crushed (1 shot attempt for, 12 against, 7.7%) in possession terms…In Sunday’s 4-3 win over Buffalo, the Bruins had five forwards – Chris Kelly, Carl Soderberg, Patrice Bergeron, Reilly Smith and Brad Marchand – finish with at least 80% of the even-strength shot attempts. Jets G Michael Hutchinson stopped 30 of 31 shots for a 2-1 win over Boston Friday, lifting his save percentage to a league-leading .940…Avalanche G Calvin Pickard turned back 62 of 64 shots in weekend wins over Buffalo and Detroit, raising his save percentage to .939…Lightning G Andrei Vasilevsky had 45 saves on 47 shots in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at the Islanders…Capitals G Braden Holtby had a 21-save shutout at New Jersey Saturday. He has a .927 save percentage in December (after .907 and .913 in the first two months of the season)…Blackhawks G Antti Raanta stopped all 31 shots he faced in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Toronto. FIRSTS Derrick Pouliot – Pittsburgh’s highly-touted rookie blueliner, the eighth overall pick in 2012, scored his first NHL goal, on his first NHL shot, against Florida Saturday. With Christian Ehrhoff and Paul Martin hurt, Pouliot finally has an opportunity to show his stuff. Keith Kinkaid – New Jersey’s backup goalie stopped 26 of 28 shots against Tampa Bay Friday for the first win of his career. Johan Larsson – The Buffalo left winger scored his first career goal, in his 34th game, during Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Colorado. Tim Schaller – Buffalo’s rookie centre scored his first NHL goal, in his third NHL game, in Sunday’s 4-3 loss at Boston. Rob Zepp – Philadelphia’s 33-year-old goaltender made his NHL debut and allowed three goals on 28 shots, good enough to secure the win in a 4-3 overtime win at Winnipeg. A fourth-round pick in 1999 (Atlanta) and 2001 (Carolina), Zepp has been bouncing around in places where reaching the NHL is more than a little unexpected. Zepp spent the previous seven seasons playing in Germany, two more in Finland and logged a total of seven AHL games (and 115 ECHL games) prior to this season. FANTASY FOCUS With a half dozen games on tap tonight, here are some players to consider for your lineup: Mike Fisher – After taking a few games to get rid of the rust as he recovered from his summer Achilles injury, Fisher has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past seven games. Nick Spaling –Spaling has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past six games, though the return of Chris Kunitz does bump Spaling off Sidney Crosby’s wing, and thats kind of a big deal. Mike Hoffman – The Senators’ leading goal-scorer, with 10, is skating on a productive line with Mika Zibanejad (recommend him too) and Bobby Ryan. Much of the data included comes from www.war-on-ice.com, www.puckalytics.com, www.hockeystats.ca and www.naturalstattrick.com Scott Cullen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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