PITTSBURGH PA - FEBRUARY 21: Goaltender Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by teammates Karl Alzner #27 and Scott Hannan #23 after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL game at Consol Energy Center on February 21 2011 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The Capitals defeated the Penguins 1-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NHL Scores And More: Alex Ovechkin's Goal Helps Capitals Beat 'Rival' Penguins

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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Alex Ovechkin Scores Lone Goal In Washington's Win

Is it possible that Alex Ovechkin is out of his big, nasty scoring drought?

That was the lone rival goal on Monday rival night as the rival Penguins fell to the rival Capitals on rival network Versus. Rival. At least, that's what I took out of the telecast. Hey guys, WE GET IT. They're rivals... or something.

Seriously, though, it was a pretty slow affair between the two clubs. That's understandable, said SB Nation's Japers Rink.

The style of tonight's game wasn't too difficult to predict before the opening face-off. On one hand you had a Caps team playing on back-to-back days at the end of a five-game cross-country road trip and still missing vital players, including Mike Green.  On the other hand, Pittsburgh was also playing on back-to-back days and missing their two superstars - Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin - as well as a host of other players due to injury or trade.    

Just because the contest was low scoring, though, doesn't mean that it wasn't entertaining. Just seconds before Ovechkin's cannon got Washington on the board, Michal Neuvirth made a gorgeous breakaway stop on Jordan Staal. It was one of his 39 saves on the evening.

Ovechkin's goal was his seventh point in six games. The Capitals have taken seven straight wins from the Pens in Pittsburgh, whether that's at Mellon Arena, Heinz Field or CONSOL Energy Center.


Blackhawks Vs. Blues: Chicago Uses Big Second Period To Come Back, Stomp St. Louis

It looked like Monday afternoon's matinee in St. Louis was going to be a blowout. The Blues jumped out to a quick two-goal lead on goals from Andy MacDonald and Brad Boyes, and the Chicago Blackhawks looked completely discombobulated in the process. 

But then, the 'Hawks got angry. After all, points are vital right now for the defending champs, for whom the reality of missing the playoffs becomes larger and larger each day. They need wins and points. Badly.

Second City Hockey takes it from here.

Even I can't deny the evidence of stones that took place in the 2nd, when finally the Hawks figured out they did win a little something last spring and it was time to defend it for once. Kopecky outworks two Blues to leave Stalberg an opening (and he's earned that), Hossa and Bolland force a turnover where apparent-future building block Alex Pietrangelo goes for a walk leaving Bolland completely unmolested, Kane gets an easy one and Toews finally forgoes the backdoor pass to Sharp and slams one home, and the Hawks had a third period lead they couldn't blow. Though they tried.    

After those four goals in the second period, Chicago went on to a 5-3 win. Corey Crawford made 31 stops while Ben Bishop was pulled from the St.. Louis net 12 minutes into the second period. 


Panthers Vs. Islanders: Matt Moulson's Hat Trick Gives New York Another Big Win

If the playoff dreams are real for the New Jersey Devils, they have to be for the New York Islanders too, right? Jack Capuano's rag tag group of misfits won yet another game on Monday afternoon, toppling the Florida Panthers by a final of 5-1.

The Isles are just one point behind the Devils in the East and they're almost as hot -- winners of seven of their last ten games. Okay, so the reality is that neither team will likely make the postseason. There's just not enough season left and too many teams to catapult over before reaching the 8th spot in the conference. 

Just don't tell Matt Moulson. He scored three goals yesterday, including two in the first period, to propel the Islanders. Al Montoya -- yes, Al Montoya -- made 20 saves in the New York crease. Tomas Vokoun was good as usual but unable to stop the Islanders ouslaught. Man, that just sounds funny to say, doesn't it?

It's true, though. The New York Islanders are becoming a goal scoring machine. They've scored at least three goals in nine straight games now. 

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