Sidney Crosby's line score had all zeroes, and that usually means a loss for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's strong play against Alexander Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals meant it didn't.
Scoring stars Crosby and Ovechkin were shut out in an unexpected defensive duel, with Pittsburgh's Ronald Petrovicky scoring the pivotal goal and Fleury making 30 saves as the Penguins won a season-high sixth in a row by beating Washington, 2-0, yesterday in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins had been 0-30-1 when Crosby didn't score in his two-year NHL career, but Fleury turned in his second shutout in three games and fourth of the season.
The No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft has stopped all but four of 106 shots in his last three games, and has a 10-1-2 record in his last 13 games.
"The guys were blocking shots and clearing rebounds and that's always a big help for me," said Fleury, who shut out Florida, 3-0, Tuesday.
Ovechkin's 13-game scoring streak, the NHL's longest this season, and Crosby's eight-game run ended in a game that featured excellent penalty-killing and goaltending. Crosby leads the NHL with 82 points and Ovechkin has scored a league-high 33 goals.
Devils 3, Sabres 2 -- John Madden, Jamie Langenbrunner, and Zach Parise scored in a 2:31 span early in the third period to lead New Jersey in East Rutherford.
Martin Brodeur had to make only 15 saves as the Devils won for the seventh time in 10 games to pull within 4 points of the Sabres for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Sharks 4, Blackhawks 2 -- Vesa Toskala made 20 saves and recorded host San Jose's first multipoint game by a goalie, getting two first-period assists in the Sharks' victory over Chicago.
Marcel Goc and Curtis Brown scored on plays initiated by Toskala, who backstopped San Jose to just its second victory in six games.
Flames 4, Canucks 3 -- Byron Ritchie, a healthy scratch in the previous night's win over Columbus, deflected home a tiebreaking goal while being knocked to the ice in the third period to help host Calgary take over first place in the Northwest Division.
Lightning 3, Rangers 2 -- Vincent Lecavalier scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 8:07 left in the third period, courtesy of New York being whistled for having too many men on the ice, to lift host Tampa Bay.
Kings 7, Panthers 0 -- Sean Burke made 40 saves for his 38th career shutout and Alexander Frolov and Michael Cammalleri each scored twice to help Los Angeles win in Sunrise, Fla.
Blues 2, Stars 0 -- Martin Rucinsky and Keith Tkachuk each scored, and Manny Legace made 22 saves to help host St. Louis match its win total from last season (21).
Wild 1, Coyotes 0 -- Marian Gaborik scored early in the second period and Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots as Minnesota won in Glendale, Ariz.
Oilers 3, Avalanche 2 -- Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff scored 30 seconds apart in the third period to help Edmonton win in Denver.
Flyers 5, Thrashers 2 -- Mike York and Simon Gagne scored goals in a 57-second span early in the third period to help Philadelphia win in Atlanta.
Maple Leafs 3, Senators 2 -- John Pohl scored on Toronto's fifth shootout attempt as the visiting Maple Leafs won their fourth straight.
Islanders 4, Canadiens 2 -- Trent Hunter scored his second goal with 11:36 left in the game to send visiting New York over Montreal.
Predators 3, Ducks 0 -- Tomas Vokoun made 36 saves for his third shutout of the season to carry host Nashville.