The Penguins and Capitals rivalry has been rather one-sided the past couple of seasons, and with their 2-0 win on Tuesday Pittsburgh extended its current winning streak over Washington to eight straight games. Even worse for the Capitals is that it keeps them three points out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference while most of the teams they're competing with still have games in hand.
Even worse: The Capitals upcoming schedule features games against Toronto, Los Angeles (twice), Boston, San Jose, and Anaheim. Brutal.
Elsewhere, the Flyers were on the wrong end of a controversial decision late in their 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils, while the Blue Jackets picked up a huge 4-1 win over Detroit that was highlighted by Nick Foligno scooring a goal from his stomach (while a defenseman was falling on top of him).
The hit of the night involved one teammate taking out another teammate.
All the NHL Scores
Predators 4, Sabres 1
Devils 2, Flyers 1
Hurricanes 3, Rangers 1
Blue Jackets 4, Red Wings 1
Coyotes 3, Panthers 1
Penguins 2, Capitals 0
Stars 3, Blues 2
Oilers 4, Wild 3
Sharks 6, Maple Leafs 2
On Tuesday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. How will the Dallas Stars perform against the St. Louis Blues?
Thanks to Jamie Benn's overtime goal they were 3-2 winners just one night after the scary episode involving forward Rich Peverley. The Stars maintained their spot in the top-eight of the Western Conference. Tyler Seguin assisted on Benn's winner, giving him nine points in his past three games.
2. Will the Blues remain unbeaten with Ryan Miller?
Unbeaten? No. But because they finally lost a game in overtime they at least recorded a point. They have yet to lose a game in regulation since acquiring Miller from the Buffalo Sabres before the NHL trade deadline earlier this month.
3. Who will be in control of second place in the Metro Division by night's end?
Even though the Rangers lost in Carolina, they kept their spot in second place thanks to the Philadelphia Flyers' loss to the New Jersey Devils. It had a little bit of controversy at the end when the referees determined that a potential tying goal would not count because Scott Hartnell pushed Devils goalie Martin Brodeur into the net while he had the puck.
4. Will Detroit be in control of a wild card spot?
No, and it was a pretty ugly performance for the Red Wings, particularly in the third period, as they came out of Columbus with a 4-1 loss after giving up three goals in the final 10 minutes, including two in 40 seconds. Sergei Bobrovsky made 40 saves for the Blue Jackets while Nick Foligno added to his personal highlight reel for the season.
They did not, losing to the Penguins for the fourth time this season and the eighth straight time going back to the end of the 2011-12 season. A slow start doomed the Capitals as well as a little bad luck when Evgeny Kuznetsov's efforts to score his first NHL goal -- and tie the game -- were thwarted by the goal post and the skate blade of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
The one play or moment from Tuesday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
With the general managers meetings taking place this week, it was a great time to have some controversial no-goal calls in Philadelphia and San Jose (the good ole intent to blow rule), particularly the one involving the Flyers based on how subjective it was and how big of a moment it was in the game.
Stat of the Night
Maybe it's a coincidence, but since Nathan Horton made his debut with the Blue Jackets this season the team has won 17 of 25 games, including their 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
Bonus stat of the night: San Jose outshot Toronto 48-21 in the most lopsided game of the night.
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