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It's Magic vs. Bird—On Ice

Alex Ovechkin faces Sidney Crosby in 'nail-biting playoff'... but no one's watching

(Newser) - The Capitals-Penguins playoff series, with its two budding superstars, is what the beleaguered NHL has been waiting for, writes Reed Albergotti in the Wall Street Journal. In contrast to the disciplined play of Sidney "Wayne Gretzky" Crosby, Russian phenom Alex Ovechkin is both a firebrand and a goofball. But... More »

Huet's 30 Saves Lift Capitals

One goal in each period helps Washington avoid elimination

(Newser) - The young Washington Capitals finally seem to be getting the hang of this thing called playoff hockey. With just the right mix of brawn and skill, the Capitals stayed alive today by knocking the Philadelphia Flyers off stride early and holding onto the lead with another solid game from goaltender... More »

Flyers Edge Capitals in Double OT

Knuble scores winner as Philly takes 3-1 series lead

(Newser) - Danny Briere saved the game for the Flyers in regulation and Mike Knuble got them a win away from the second round in a thrilling double-overtime finish. Knuble poked in his second goal of the series 6:40 into the second OT to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the... More »

Biron Shuts Out Caps

Philly evens first-round series at one each

(Newser) - Martin Biron’s 24 saves led the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals today. Biron kicked Alex Ovechkin's power-play wrist shot away in the first period, used the handle of his stick to deflect Alexander Semin's breakaway attempt in the second and sprawled on his back... More »

Ovechkin, Caps in Playoffs

Washington wins seventh straight to finish climb into postseason

(Newser) - Make room in the playoffs for MVP front-runner Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Tomas Fleischmann, Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Semin scored for the Capitals, who clinched the Southeast Division title with a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers last night. The win was also the Capitals' seventh straight. The... More »

Ovechkin, Capitals Win Pyrrhic Victory

Flyers top Rangers in OT, Predators blank Blue Jackets

(Newser) - Despite Alex Ovechkin's record breaking 61st goal of the season, and a 3-2 besting of Carolina, the Caps needed more, the Washington Post reports—like a win in regulation. Thanks to Viktor Kozlov's effort in the shootout, Washington earned two points, but a net gain of only one on the... More »

Philly Hangs On, Beats Rangers in Shootout

Isles' rookie scores the winner against Devils; Ovechkin nets No. 60

(Newser) - Philadelphia blew a two-goal lead in the third period, allowing a pair of Ranger tallies in less than two minutes, and Jaromir Jagr's tying goal inside of two minutes remaining, but eventually won in the shootout on Mike Richards' backhander, 4-3. Daniel Briere scored twice for the Flyers. The win... More »

Caps Take Care of Bruins

Washington inches closer to a playoff spot

(Newser) - It took a shootout for the Capitals to beat the Bruins today, as Alexander Semin and Viktor Kozlov scored Washington’s two overtime goals, giving the Caps a 2-1 win. Despite losing the game the Bruins managed to move up in the standings: they’re now tied with the Rangers... More »

Devils Remain Red Hot, Edge Capitals

Elsewhere, Flames and Sharks both post one-goal road victories

(Newser) - New Jersey took over the lead in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 win against Washington thanks to John Madden's overtime goal, reports the AP. The Devils were led by Martin Brodeur's 37 saves and have won seven of their last eight games. NHL goals leader Alex Ovechkin, stuck on... More »

Panthers Shut Down Ovechkin to Beat Caps

Two third-period goals move Florida into tie for third place

(Newser) - The Florida Panthers won their first game since Richard Zednik's ugly neck injury with a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals last night, reports the AP. The Panthers also managed to hold the NHL's leading scorer, Alex Ovechkin, to no points. He had nine goals in his previous seven games. More »

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