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Ovechkin’s strike lifts Capitals over Penguins

Associated Press / February 22, 2011

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Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal and Michal Neuvirth was perfect for the second straight time against the Penguins, leading the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh last night.

Neuvirth made 39 saves, including 18 in the first period, for his third shutout of the season, and second against the Penguins after a 3-0 victory Feb. 6. Ovechkin secured the Capitals third win in four games by blasting a 35-footer over Marc-Andre Fleury’s right shoulder late in the second period.

Ovechkin’s goal made up for Fleury stoning him on a breakaway in the first period.

The Capitals continue to have the edge on the Penguins, winning their season series 3-0-1 and improving to 10-0-2 since March 2008.

Islanders 5, Panthers 1 — Matt Moulson scored three times for his second straight multigoal game, Al Montoya stopped 20 shots, and host New York cruised to a win.

Moulson got the Islanders going 7:40 in and added his 25th goal with 5:02 left in the first period, when New York outshot Florida, 16-3. Radek Martinek added a power-play goal in the second, and Josh Bailey scored to turn it into a rout.

Moulson completed his hat trick and took the team lead in goals by scoring an empty-netter with 2:37 left.

Montoya has been quite a find for the Islanders, who have used six goalies this season because of injuries. On Saturday, he stopped 35 shots in New York’s 3-0 win over Los Angeles and became the first Islander to post a shutout in his first start with the club.

Blackhawks 5, Blues 3 — Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane keyed a four-goal second period with a goal and an assist apiece, and Corey Crawford had a strong game with 31 saves for the second straight day as Chicago beat host St. Louis.

Andy McDonald scored his third goal in two games for the Blues, who couldn’t hold a two-goal first-period lead to end a three-game winning streak.

Ben Bishop made his fourth career start and first since Dec. 18, 2008 but was yanked after surrendering four goals on eight shots in the second period.

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