NHL roundup: Ovechkin leads Caps by Sabres
|Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin celebrates his third period goal against the Buffalo Sabres in an NHL hockey game in Washington December 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Molly Riley)
Final Score: Washington 3, Buffalo 1
Washington, DC - Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Tomas Vokoun made 25 saves to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist while Alexander Semin added two assists for the Capitals, who have won their past two. Jochen Hecht had the lone goal for the Sabres, who have dropped five of six. Ryan Miller gave up all three goals on 21 shots in the loss.
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Florida 1
Sunrise, FL - Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin each scored once and recorded an assist to lead the Rangers over the Panthers, 4-1, at BankAtlantic Center. Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Dubinsky also tallied for New York, the winner in six of its last seven. Henrik Lundqvist turned away 27 of the 28 shots he faced. Matt Bradley scored the only goal for Florida, which has dropped four of five. Scott Clemmensen started in net, but was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots. Jose Theodore stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced.
Final Score: Nashville 2, St. Louis 1 (SO)
St. Louis, MO - Martin Erat scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Matt Halischuk scored in the first period, while Pekka Rinne stopped 35 shots and all five attempts in the shootout for the Predators, who have won their last two -- both shootouts. T.J. Oshie also had a first-period goal for the Blues, who have dropped two straight and are winless in five shootouts this season. Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Chicago 3, Detroit 2
Chicago, IL - Brent Seabrook scored the game-winner early in the third period as the Chicago Blackhawks took a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews each scored for the Blackhawks, who have won three of four to close out 2011. Corey Crawford stopped 26 shots in the win. Justin Abdelkader and Todd Bertuzzi each had a goal for the Red Wings, who have lost three of five. Jimmy Howard gave up all three goals on 28 shots.