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Caps' Ovechkin tallies two as Kolzig wins 300th

Capitals 1 1 1 3
Flames 1 1 0 2

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 55th and 56th goals, including the tiebreaker with 1:54 left, and Olie Kolzig earned his 300th win in the Capitals' 3-2 victory over the Flames on Wednesday night.

Ovechkin broke a 2-2 tie in the closing minutes with a power-play goal. He fired a shot from just inside the blue line, slightly to the right of center, that got past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Kolzig is the 23rd goalie to win 300 NHL games. He has earned every win with the Capitals.

Ovechkin's first goal came on a second-period power play to get the Capitals even at 2. A clearing attempt by Calgary on a loose puck in front of the net went straight to Ovechkin in the left circle. He promptly put a shot in with 2:05 left in the period.

Mike Green assisted on both of Ovechkin's goals.

First Period1, Washington, Kozlov 15 (Backstrom, Schultz), :53. 2, Calgary, Iginla 42 (Phaneuf), 19:15 (pp). PenaltiesKiprusoff, Cal, served by Boyd (hooking), 11:06; Godard, Cal, major (fighting), 16:17; Erskine, Was, major (fighting), 16:17; Bradley, Was (interference), 17:21; Jurcina, Was (high-sticking), 18:32.

Second Period3, Calgary, Huselius 23 (Iginla, Phaneuf), 8:57 (pp). 4, Washington, Ovechkin 55 (Semin, Green), 17:55 (pp). PenaltiesSarich, Cal (holding), 1:41; Erskine, Was (tripping), 6:57; Morrisonn, Was (tripping), 8:22; Phaneuf, Cal (holding), 10:01; Lombardi, Cal (hooking), 13:29; Huselius, Cal (hooking), 17:21.

Third Period5, Washington, Ovechkin 56 (Green, Fehr), 18:06 (pp). PenaltiesHuselius, Cal (slashing), 5:55; Nolan, Cal (high-sticking), 16:31. Shots on GoalCalgary 17-7-2—26. Washington 8-18-8—34. Power-play opportunitiesCalgary 2 of 4; Washington 2 of 7. GoaliesCalgary, Kiprusoff 34-21-10 (34 shots-31 saves). Washington, Kolzig 24-20-6 (26-24). A17,560 (18,277). T2:17. RefereesBill McCreary, Dan O'Rourke. LinesmenScott Driscoll, Brad Kovachik.

Maple Leafs 2 0 1 3
Flyers 1 1 0 2

PHILADELPHIA — No thrilling comeback needed for Toronto and Pavel Kubina. Kubina finished Philadelphia in regulation and has the eighth seed within reach for the Maple Leafs.

Kubina scored his second-straight winning goal to lift the Maple Leafs to their second win against Philadelphia in two nights.

"Hopefully it will be the start of a slide for them and the beginning of a roll for us," defenseman Ian White said. "So with a little help we'll pass them."

Kubina scored the winner in overtime Tuesday when the Leafs rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Flyers 4-3. This time, Kubina got Philly early in the third period.

Playing without Mats Sundin for the last two periods, the Maple Leafs moved within five points of the Flyers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Maple Leafs lost Sundin in the first period with a strained groin muscle. He is day to day but expected to play Saturday.

First Period1, Toronto, White 4 (Colaiacovo, Blake), 3:55. 2, Philadelphia, Carter 27, 6:43. 3, Toronto, Ponikarovsky 16 (Moore, McCabe), 11:54. PenaltyColaiacovo, Tor (holding stick), 15:30.

Second Period4, Philadelphia, Knuble 26 (Timonen, Briere), 10:41 (pp). PenaltiesPhiladelphia bench, served by Briere (too many men), 2:11; Dowd, Phi (hooking), 6:20; Tlusty, Tor (hooking), 8:44; Colaiacovo, Tor (hooking), 9:08; Hartnell, Phi (interference), 18:41; Smith, Phi (slashing), 19:23.

Third Period5, Toronto, Kubina 9 (Kaberle, Steen), 1:09 (pp). PenaltiesLupul, Phi (cross-checking), 8:06; Antropov, Tor (roughing), 15:13; Hatcher, Phi (roughing), 15:13; Antropov, Tor (roughing), 20:00; Coburn, Phi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00. Shots on GoalToronto 12-10-9—31. Philadelphia 7-7-6—20. Power-play opportunitiesToronto 1 of 5; Philadelphia 1 of 3. GoaliesToronto, Toskala 29-21-6 (20 shots-18 saves). Philadelphia, Biron 25-18-7 (31-28). A19,642 (19,519). T2:29. RefereesTim Peel, Kelly Sutherland. LinesmenScott Cherrey, Dan Schachte.

Panthers 0 1 3 4
Islanders 0 1 1 2

SUNRISE — Panthers defenseman Karlis Skrastins broke a tie with 8:42 left to lead streaking Florida over the slumping Islanders.

The Panthers won their season-high fifth straight game. Florida won all four meetings, completing its first season sweep of the Islanders since the Panthers' inaugural season in 1993-94.

Kamil Kreps and Stephen Weiss also scored for the Panthers, who moved within five points of eighth-place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Brett McLean added an empty-net goal.

Bill Guerin and Blake Comeau scored for the Islanders, who have lost six of seven to drop to 13th in the East.

First PeriodNone. PenaltyCullimore, Fla (tripping), 8:55.

Second Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Guerin 22 (Park, Tambellini), :28. 2, Florida, Kreps 7 (Peltonen, Dvorak), 1:23. PenaltiesJackman, NYI (tripping), 4:40; Tambellini, NYI (hooking), 8:04; Johansson, Fla (interference), 14:36.

Third Period3, Florida, Weiss 12 (McLean, Bouwmeester), 1:05. 4, N.Y. Islanders, Comeau 6 (Comrie, Berard), 7:18 (pp). 5, Florida, Skrastins 2, 8:22. 6, Florida, McLean 14 (Horton), 19:11. PenaltyMontador, Fla (slashing), 6:26. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 17-7-5—29. Florida 7-11-14—32. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 1 of 3; Florida 0 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, DiPietro 26-27-7 (31 shots-28 saves). Florida, Vokoun 27-26-7 (29-27). A15,233 (19,250). T2:16. RefereesPaul Devorski, Chris Rooney. LinesmenPierre Racicot, Vaughan Rody.

Penguins 1 2 4 7
Sabres 0 0 3 3

PITTSBURGH — Ty Conklin beat the Sabres for the fourth time this season and the Penguins withstood Sidney Crosby's absence due to an ankle injury flareup.

Tyler Kennedy scored his first goal in 17 games during a three-point night, Chris Minard netted the first goal of his 10-game NHL career, and Evgeni Malkin put in his 39th of the campaign during the Penguins' highest-scoring game this season. They also improved to 12-6-4 when Crosby doesn't play.

Petr Sykora, who was supposed to be out with a back injury, Sergei Gonchar, Jeff Taffe and Kris Letang also scored goals for the Penguins, who moved past idle New Jersey for the Atlantic lead.

First Period1, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 9 (Dupuis), 3:30. PenaltiesJames, Pit (tripping), 6:16; Stafford, Buf (roughing), 13:32; Sykora, Pit (holding), 15:51.

Second Period2, Pittsburgh, Taffe 5 (Sydor, Letang), 6:35. 3, Pittsburgh, Gonchar 11 (Whitney, Sykora), 18:08 (pp). PenaltiesLaraque, Pit, major-game misconduct (elbowing), 2:34; Afinogenov, Buf (hooking), 6:26; Vanek, Buf (tripping), 17:24.

Third Period4, Pittsburgh, Sykora 23 (Malone, Gonchar), :56 (pp). 5, Buffalo, Hecht 18 (Weber, Afinogenov), 3:02. 6, Buffalo, Paille 15 (Roy, Tallinder), 5:11 (sh). 7, Pittsburgh, Malkin 39 (Sydor, Kennedy), 8:56 (pp). 8, Pittsburgh, Minard 1 (Staal, Stone), 10:03. 9, Buffalo, Paille 16 (Bernier), 10:49. 10, Pittsburgh, Letang 6 (Kennedy, Dupuis), 13:23. PenaltiesPratt, Buf (boarding), :13; Hecht, Buf (roughing), 4:36; Tallinder, Buf (hooking), 7:47. Shots on GoalBuffalo 9-10-13—32. Pittsburgh 7-14-15—36. Power-play opportunitiesBuffalo 0 of 3; Pittsburgh 3 of 6. GoaliesBuffalo, Miller 30-24-9 (32 shots-26 saves), Thibault (10:03 third, 4-3). Pittsburgh, Conklin 18-6-5 (32-30). A17,132 (16,940). T2:38. RefereesEric Furlatt, Francois St. Laurent. LinesmenSteve Barton, Pierre Champoux.



Playoff chase

Division leaders earn top three seeds followed by next five; with wins (the first tiebreaker) and games remaining:

EastPts. W GR

1. Penguins 87 40 11

2. Canadiens 87 39 11

3. Hurricanes 81 38 10

4. Devils 86 40 12

5. Senators 85 39 11

6. Rangers 83 37 12

7. Bruins 80 36 12

8. Flyers 79 35 11

9. Sabres 75 32 11

10. Maple Leafs 74 32 10

11. Capitals 74 33 11

12. Panthers 72 32 11

WestPts. W GR

1. Red Wings 98 46 12

2. Sharks 90 41 12

3. Flames 82 36 12

4. Stars 89 42 10

5. Ducks 86 39 10

6. Avalanche  82 38 11

7. Wild 81 37 12

8. Canucks  80 35 13

9. Predators 78 35 11

Caps' Ovechkin tallies two as Kolzig wins 300th 03/13/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:37am]

    

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