NHL Scores And More: Shutouts, Late Heroics Dominate Tuesday's Action

Miikka Kiprusoff and Tuukka Rask each pitched shutouts on Tuesday night, while the Coyotes were heartbroken by Jamie Benn and Alex Ovechkin's OT beauty gave the Caps two points.

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Bruins Vs. Senators: Tuukka Rask's Shutout Helps Boston Top Ottawa

Things are officially pretty exciting in Boston. Tuukka Rask made 33 saves on 33 Ottawa Senators shots last night as the Bruins won their sixth straight game -- all on the road -- by a score of 1-0. 

For most of this one, the Bruins looked like they didn't really give a damn. The lowly Senators outplayed and outhustled them, and as a result, Rask had to be brilliant. This save on a Jason Spezza breakaway in the second period proved to be huge.

Just a minute and a half into the third period, Nathan Horton broke the scoreless tie with a tap in rebound goal in the crease of Craig Anderson. Despite a pretty atrocious first 40 minutes by the Bruins, their goaltender kept them in the game, and give credit where it's due: when they needed to turn it on in the third period, they did. Horton's goal was only evidence of that.

With the win, the Bruins moved into a points tie with the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning, although the Bolts do hold one game in hand. The teams are ahead of Pittsburgh by one point and they trail Philadelphia by five. 

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Islanders Vs. Capitals: Alex Ovechkin's End-To-End Overtime Beauty Wins It For Caps

Alex Ovechkin picked the puck up along the boards in his own end during overtime last night against the New York Islanders. He moved out into the neutral zone, gained some room, turned on the jets, made Frans Nielsen turn around about eight times, and ultimately, did this.

He's good at hockey. Most importantly, he's been doing stuff like that -- although maybe not to that extent -- a whole lot more of late, and if the Capitals want to have any real success in the postseason, they're going to need No. 8 to be No. 8. His overtime winner on Tuesday night was a good indication that he's getting back to form. 

It's a shame for Nathan Lawson, too. The Islanders goaltender made 40 saves against the high-flying Caps, including several right off the bat in the first period. The Washington offense seemed to get a sizable boost from the additions of Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm.

Sturm started the game with Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, and while he looked good his handful of shifts there and even had a breakaway chance, it didn't take long for Bruce Boudreau to change things up. Patience is a virtue, Bruce. It's one of the reasons why Haagen-Dazs doesn't open at 10 a.m. 

Arnott came frustratingly close to a goal off a feed from Brooks Laich, but those roles would reverse late in the third as Laich scored the game-tying goal with an extra attacker.

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Flames Vs. Blues: Mikka Kiprusoff Sends St. Louis Crowd Home Early

Mikka Kiprusoff has three shutouts in the last five games. Seriously. And you were wondering why the Calgary Flames have climbed so high in the Western Conference standings. 

Alex Tanguay's first period goal would have been enough for the Flames to top the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, especially thanks to Kipper. But just for good measure, Jarome Iginla added two in the third while David Moss, Robyn Regehr and Niklas Hagman each added one in the third. The Flames rolled, 6-0. 

The win bumps Calgary up two more points in the playoff race, and they're now all the way up in fifth place in the West. They're creeping in on fourth place Phoenix, too, thanks to the Coyotes heartbreaking loss against the Stars.

Meanwhile, fans in St. Louis went home early. Nothing to see here, folks. Just keep moving.

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Stars Vs. Coyotes: Jamie Benn Steals Win For Dallas After Silly Radim Vrbata Penalty

Dave Tippett was furious last night. Nobody blames him. 

After his Phoenix Coyotes battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie their game with the division rival Dallas Stars on a game-tying goal from Ray Whitney with less than a minute to go, Radim Vrbata took a pointless, silly hooking penalty in the neutral zone with just 13 seconds left in regulation. Jamie Benn made him pay.

Not only did the Stars steal two points away from the grasp of the Coyotes, they also robbed them of the one point that they certainly did earn late in the third period. Rusty Klesla, in his first game with his new team following the trade deadline, scored Phoenix's first goal.

Elsewhere in the NHL....

Sabres 3, Rangers 2: Ryan Miller traveled down to the Big City to take on the Rangers at MSG, and thanks mostly to his 29 stops, the Sabres wound up on the winning side of things. As a result, they climb even closer to the stumbling Rangers in the Eastern race and just two points behind eighth-place Carolina.

Oilers 2, Predators 1 (SO): Linus Omark.

Canadiens 3, Thrashers 1: Carey Price is really all you need to know about this one. He made 40 saves as Atlanta outshot the Habs 41-23 in the game, 16 of which came in the third period.

Canucks 2, Blue Jackets 1 (SO): Scottie Upshall scored in his first game in his snazzy new Columbus threads, but after a marathon eight-round shootout, Raffi Torres' goal stood up as the game-winner. All in all, after four one-on-one stops in regulation by Roberto Luongo, he went 10 for 12 on the night in the breakaway department. 

Hurricanes 2, Panthers 1: You know what's awkward? Getting traded, and then, in your first game with your new team, going up against your old team. That's what Cory Stillman and Bryan Allen of the Hurricanes and Sergei Samsonov of the Panthers all had to do on Tuesday. Stillman made the best first impression, scoring a goal and tallying an assist in the first period.

Sharks 2, Avalanche 1 (SO): On the day he signed a big contract extention with San Jose, Antti Niemi didn't have to do that much work in regulation, only needing 18 stops to get his team to overtime. In the shootout, he blanked the Avalanche to grab an extra point.

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