Ovechkin, Capitals Win Pyrrhic Victory

Flyers top Rangers in OT, Predators blank Blue Jackets
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2008 11:43 PM CDT
Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin (8), of Russia, shoots the puck past Carolina Hurricanes' Cam Ward (30) during second period of an NHL hockey game.    ((AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker))
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(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 'Canes, leaving Carolina still four points ahead in the Southeast with five games left. In other NHL action:

  • The Flyers took their fourth straight game, with Mike Richards tallying the winner over the Rangers two minutes into OT. The 2-1 victory puts Philly one point behind New York in Eastern Conference playoff position jockeying
  • Dan Ellis notched his fifth career shuout, stopping 36 shots as the Predators bested Columbus, 3-0. The victory marks the second straight for Nashville.
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