Mike Green had two goals and two assists, Mathieu Perreault added two goals, and the Capitals routed the Detroit Red Wings, 7-1, in Washington last night in a matchup of the NHL’s last remaining unbeaten teams.
It was only the second time in NHL history that two teams with records of at least 5-0 had faced off. The other occurred Oct. 23, 1986, when the 7-0 Penguins lost to the 5-0 Flyers in Philadelphia.
Marcus Johansson, Joel Ward and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for Washington, which is a team-best 7-0. Alex Ovechkin and Matt Hendricks had two assists each.
Niklas Kronwall had the lone goal for Detroit, which was trying to open 6-0 for the first time since the 1972-73 season.
A boarding penalty to Todd Bertuzzi set up Green’s power-play goal that gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead six minutes in. Green cut through the right circle and flicked a cross-ice feed from Backstrom past Ty Conklin.
Just 61 seconds later, Johansson made it 2-0 by beating Conklin for his fourth goal.
Kings 1, Stars 0 - Jonathan Quick had 28 saves to became the first Los Angeles goalie to record three consecutive shutouts and defenseman Jack Johnson scored in the third period in the victory over Dallas.
Quick, a former star at UMass who had three shutouts last December, joined Felix Potvin as the only Kings goalies with three shutouts in two months. Potvin had a club-record four in March 2001.
Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 4 - Mikhail Grabovski scored his second goal of the game 1:23 into overtime for visiting Toronto.
Grabovski drew Toronto even for the third time at 13:07 of the third. Grabovski tied it at 4 when he put away a loose puck in the Montreal crease for his third of the season.
Senators 4, Blue Jackets 3 - Milan Michalek scored with 4.7 seconds remaining as host Ottawa won consecutive games for the first time this season.
Filip Kuba, Zack Smith, and Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson faced 21 shots.
Penguins 4, Devils 1 - Jordan Staal scored twice to give him 100 career goals, James Neal added his NHL-leading eighth goal, and host Pittsburgh won its third consecutive game.
Staal scored for the fourth and fifth times this season to give him 100 goals less than six weeks after his 23d birthday.
Lightning 3, Sabres 0 - Martin St. Louis scored a nifty goal, Mathieu Garon earned his 20th NHL shutout, and Tampa Bay beat visiting Buffalo.
St. Louis made several stick-handling moves on Ryan Miller after getting the puck while alone in the low slot, and lifted a shot over the goalie to make it 2-0 with 11:30 left. Victor Hedman added an empty-net goal, which St. Louis assisted on.
Blues 4, Flyers 2 - Kent Huskins and T.J Oshie scored early goals and Brian Elliott was strong in net to lead St. Louis in Philadelphia.
Ilya Bryzgalov had his second straight off game in net for the Flyers. After allowing five goals in a loss to Washington, Bryzgalov allowed two on the first eight shots.
Canucks 3, Wild 2 - Sami Salo scored on a power play at 4:39 of overtime as host Vancouver earned the win over Minnesota.
Predators 2, Flames 0 - Pekka Rinne made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season and 21st of his career for visiting Nashville.
Avalanche 5, Blackhawks 4 - Joakim Lindstrom scored the only goal in the shootout and Colorado won its sixth straight road game by beating Chicago.
Panthers 4, Islanders 2 - Tim Kennedy scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Jacob Markstrom earned his first NHL victory in relief of Jose Theodore to lift Florida past New York in Sunrise, Fla.
Jets 5, Hurricanes 3 - Andrew Ladd scored and Nik Antropov added a pair of assists to lead host Winnipeg past Carolina.
Oilers 2, Rangers 0 - Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 19 shots, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist as host Edmonton handed road-weary New York its first loss on the four-game swing to Western Canada.