Ovechkin Is Suspended
NEW YORK (AP) – Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been suspended for three games for a charging incident in which he launched himself to hit Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek during Sunday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins.
The incident occurred at 4:05 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.
Ovechkin had a goal and two assists in the game for Washington, which trails Florida by one point in the Southeast Division. He will eligible to return on Feb. 4 against Montreal.
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ovechkin will forfeit $154,677.75.
Red Wings 3, Blues 1
DETROIT (AP) – Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen scored in the second period, and Detroit beat St. Louis for its 17th straight home victory – the NHL’s longest single-season streak in 36 years.
The Red Wings’ spurt is the league’s fourth longest. Detroit (33-15-1) has won seven in a row overall and leads the NHL with 67 points.
Niklas Kronwall sealed the win with a power-play goal with 3:03 left. Jimmy Howard made 21 saves to earn his NHL-leading 30th victory.
St. Louis had won four straight, and lost in regulation for the first time since a Dec. 31 defeat at Detroit. Jaroslav Halak, who had won a career-high seven in a row, made 25 saves.
Scott Nichol put the Blues ahead midway through the first period, but they couldn’t get the puck past Howard again.
Predators 4, Blue Jackets 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Mike Fisher scored two goals, and Nashville beat Columbus for its third straight victory and 11th in 13 games.
The Predators wrapped up their season series with Columbus by going 5-0-1. Fisher has scored six of his 11 goals against the Blue Jackets.
Maple Leafs 3, Islanders 0
TORONTO (AP) – Matthew Lombardi scored two goals and Jonas Gustavsson made 25 saves as Toronto beat the New York Islanders in the first game of a home-and-home series.
Phil Kessel also scored for Toronto (24-19-5), which moved into an eighth-place tie in the Eastern Conference with the idle Washington Capitals.
Hurricanes 2, Jets 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Jeff Skinner and Tim Brent scored first-period goals for Carolina, which held off Winnipeg and won its third straight at home.
Kyle Wellwood scored at 13:47 of the second period for the Jets’ only goal.
Cam Ward stopped 29 shots for his 18th win. Winnipeg’s Chris Mason, who played in his 300th NHL game, made 14 saves.
The Jets had won the previous three matchups with Carolina this season.