Red Wings Make St. Louis Sing the Blues
'Canes top Thrashers, Ovechkin nets 2 in Caps win over Sabres
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2008 11:19 PM CST
Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, celebrates after scoring a goal on Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. on...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pavel Datsyuk had two goals in Detroit’s 4-1 victory over St. Louis. It was the second straight victory for the Red Wings, after emerging from a 1-8-2 stretch. Despite those struggles, Detroit still has a comfortable lead for the top spot in the Western Conference. Conversely, St. Louis is eight points out of the playoffs, notes the Associated Press. Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3 on the strength of Eric Staal’s two-goal, one-assist effort. The Hurricanes have won two straight and eight of their last 11.
  • Alexander Ovechkin continued to rampage through the NHL, scoring two goals against the Buffalo Sabres in the Capitals’ 3-1 victory. The 22-year-old Russian leads the league in goals with 54.