Habs end Caps' 14-game win streak

The Associated PressFebruary 11, 2010 

Tomas Plekanec scored his second goal of the game in overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens ended Washington's team-record winning streak at 14 games with a 6-5 victory over the visiting Capitals on Wednesday night.

Washington, which hadn't lost in nearly a month, fell three wins short of tying the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins' NHL-record streak of 17 games.

Brooks Laich tied it at 5 for Washington, scoring his third goal of the game with 18.4 seconds left and goalie Jose Theodore pulled for an extra attacker. Washington had trailed 5-2 after Plekanec scored Montreal's fourth goal of the second with 1:04 left in the period.

Also Wednesday

Flyers 3, Devils 2 (OT): Simon Gagne scored at 3:27 of overtime, and visiting Philadelphia rallied again to beat New Jersey.

Gagne had chances on a wraparound and a shot in close before beating Martin Brodeur with a shot from between the circles to give the Flyers a sweep of the home-and-home series.

Jeff Carter and Aaron Asham also scored for the Flyers, who once again rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat New Jersey for the fourth time in five meetings this season.

Blue Jackets 3, Sharks 0: Steve Mason made 40 saves for his second shutout in three games since a coaching change as Columbus ended San Jose's road winning streak at nine games.

Rick Nash scored his 26th goal, Jake Voracek ended a long scoring drought, and Antoine Vermette added an empty-netter.

The shutout was Mason's fourth of the season and lifted his franchise record to 14. He has stopped 90 of 91 shots he's faced in the Blue Jackets' three-game winning streak.

Penguins 3, Islanders 1: Evgeni Malkin took advantage of a couple of favorable bounces to score a goal and set up one of Chris Kunitz's two goals, and host Pittsburgh bounced back from two road losses to beat New York.

With Kunitz scoring his first two goals since Dec. 29, the Penguins shook off a 5-4 loss Sunday to Washington in which they couldn't hold a 4-1 lead to win their seventh in a row at home against the Islanders. New York lost its eighth in nine games as Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 37 of 38 shots.

Predators 2, Rangers 1: Rookie Colin Wilson scored the go-ahead goal on a second-period power play, Dan Ellis made 37 saves, and Nashville snapped a five-game road losing streak.

The game was played in front of a surprisingly large crowd of 13,128 at Madison Square Garden despite a daylong blizzard. The Rangers had sold out 187 consecutive home games since Oct. 31, 2005.

Coyotes 3, Wild 2: Martin Hanzal had a goal and an assist as visiting Phoenix beat Minnesota to complete a four-game season sweep.

Radim Vrbata and Matthew Lombardi also scored for Phoenix, which has won eight of its last nine games.

Guillaume Latendresse and Martin Havlat scored for Minnesota.

Late Tuesday

Blackhawks 4, Stars 3 (SO): Kris Versteeg scored in the fifth round of a shootout for host Chicago.

Dallas' Loui Eriksson tied it at 3 with 3:50 left in regulation, scoring from just outside the crease following a turnover by Chicago.

Chicago had taken a 3-2 lead early in the final period on a goal by Troy Brouwer, who scored from the right circle after Marian Hossa fired the puck off the boards behind the net.

Mike Ribeiro and James Neal also scored in regulation for the Stars.

Patrick Kane had two first-period goals for the Blackhawks, his team-high 23rd and 24th of the season.


Stars interest Cuban: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told The Dallas Morning News that he has initiated talks to buy a stake in the Dallas Stars, potentially joining an as-yet unidentified group of investors that is looking into purchasing the NHL club from Tom Hicks.

One of the benefits would be that it could help him take greater control of American Airlines Center, which he co-owns with Hicks.

Gaborik out: Leading scorer Marian Gaborik missed the New York Rangers' game against Nashville on Wednesday night because of a cut on his right leg caused by the skate of teammate Henrik Lundqvist in practice.

Getzlaf might play: Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson said there's still a chance Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who sprained his left ankle Monday, will play for Canada at the Vancouver Olympic Games. An MRI on Tuesday showed no significant damage to the ankle.

Kronwall, Holmstrom injured: Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Niklas Kronwall will not play against the San Jose Sharks tonight and Tomas Holmstrom is questionable because of knee injuries.

If Holmstrom doesn't get healthy soon, Team Sweden might replace him on the roster with Detroit teammate Johan Franzen when Olympic rosters are set Monday.

Parise, Salmela scratched: New Jersey and U.S. Olympic forward Zach Parise was scratched from the Devils' game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night with an undisclosed upper body injury.

Devils defenseman Anssi Salmela was also scratched. He suffered a concussion in Monday's loss to Philadelphia.

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