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Capitals stun Blue Jackets with four, 3rd period goals; wins 4-2


Alex Ovechkin (file photo)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — If the NHL had a rule where the teams could play only two periods instead of three, the Columbus Blue Jackets would be one of the top teams in the league. They usually out-play teams for the first 40 minutes most of the time.

But the 3rd period is the enemy of the Blue Jackets and it reared its ugly noose around the teams neck again on New Year’s Eve night.

The Jackets leading and dominating the game for 2 periods, saw their 2-0 advantage slip away as Washington scored four goals in a span of 6:40 overall and tying and go-ahead goal in a span of :28 seconds in a 4-2 loss.

Heartbreaking, late game collapses have slowed the Jackets all year long and has fans and media wondering when changes will be made to the coaching staff. Columbus has been outscored 52-26 in the 3rd period this season.

Alex Ovechkin, the star of the Capitals scored the first and last goals in the four-goal period.

A few weeks ago, there was talk around the NHL that Ovechkin was losing his game because he only scored eight goals in the Capitals first 29 games. But he has rebounded to post seven goals in the last eight games, including a six-game points stretch of six goals and three assists.

Winning and scoring late in games is nothing new to Washington, always a Stanley Cup contender. The Capitals have scored 12 third period goals in their past six games. They’ve scored 46 goals overall in the final period this year, one of the best in the National Hockey League.

The disappointed crowd of 18,199 at Nationwide Arena did witness some positive play by the Jackets as they received goals from rookie John Moore and Sammy Pahlsson.

The three stars were: Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Wideman from Washington. Sammy Pahlsson was the Blue Jackets selection.

Columbus head coach Scott Arniel, obviously hearing and feeling the heat from fans and media, walked out of  his post-game press conference after answering only six questions. He was irritated when two reporters pointed out that the team is getting hammered on 4-on-4 play. Arniel said the stats were even, but another reporter said the Jackets are getting outscored 8-1 in 4-on-4 hockey. Then the beleaguered coach walked out of the room.


49 123 Dennis Wideman Washington Def 4-0n-4 hockey in 3rd period turned the game around for Capitals

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49 133 Derek Mackenzie CBJ center The inability to close out games is the team’s biggest problem

49 134 Scott Arniel CBJ coach Another 3rd period letdown. How much more can the team take




Capitals beat Penguins in Winter Classic at Heinz Field

Heinz Field on Ohio River (photo by Tom Murphy VII via Wikipedia Commons)

The home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers was the scene of the NHL’s annual Winter Classic, which feature two different teams in a different venue each New Year’s Day.

The 2011 version of the game pitted the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Heinz Field.

Eric Fehr outplayed reigning NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin by scoring two goals and Washington beat Pittsburgh 3-1 in the rain at Pittsburgh.

After a scoreless first period in which both teams adjusted to playing outdoors at night under brighter lights than in an actual arena; and choppy ice.

When the Penguins took a 1-0 lead on Evgeni Malkin’s 14th goal saw 68,111 fans twiling Terrible Towels just like they do after a Steelers touchdown or field goal.

Fehr gave the Capitals their first lead at 2-1 in the second period and then wrapped up the game on a breakaway in the third.

Washington shut Crosby down completely as he went a second game without a goal or an assist.

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Washington Capitals firepower too much for the Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets were quite impressive playing coach Scott Arniel’s new system against Atlanta on Tuesday night. But Atlanta is a lower-tier NHL team.

Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena, the Washington Capitals, one of the NHL’s top-tier teams, used a big second period to bury the Blue Jackets, 6-2. All told, the Capitals scored four goals in the middle period in their preseason opening game.

Rick Nash scored a goal vs. Washington ( file photo)

Matt Hendricks scored 3 goals and starting goaltender Semyon Yarlamov was a hot in the crease, stopping all 20 shots he faced.

The Capitals played without their star player, Alex Ovechkin.

Tomas Fleischmann scored two goals and an assist, Cody Eakin scored a goal, Alexander Semin garnered three assist and Marcus Johansson chipped in with two assists for Washington.

The Blue Jackets stars included Rich Nash and Nikita Filatov who scored. Starting goaltender Steve Mason allowed two goals on 13 shots while playing 1 and 1/2 periods.

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compiled from NHL News

Henrik Sedin pulled a surprise and was voted the NHL MVP. Sedin’s victory stopped Alex Ovechkin’s bid for a third straight MVP trophy.

The star of the Vancouver Canucks, Sedin garnered a league-best 83 assists, won the Hart Trophy Wednesday night during the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Henrik Sedin Vancouver (nhl)

Sedin received 46 of 133 first-place votes. Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals captain, was second with 40, and Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh finished third with 20.

Here are the rest of the award winners:

*Hart Trophy, MVP: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

*Vezina Trophy, goaltender: Ryan Miller, Buffalo

*Norris Trophy, defenseman: Duncan Keith, Chicago

*Calder Trophy, rookie: Tyler Myers, Buffalo

*SelkeTrophy, defensive forward: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit

*Lady Byng Trophy, most gentlemanly player: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay

*Adams Award, coach: Dave Tippett, Phoenix

*Clancy Trophy, humanitarian contribution: Shane Doan, Phoenix

*Masterton Trophy, perserverance, sportsmanship and dedication: Jose Theodore, Washington

*Ross Trophy, points scoring leader: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

*Richard Trophy, goal-scoring leader: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

*Jennings Trophy, goalie with fewest goals against(minimum 25 games): Martin Brodeur, New Jersey

*Lindsay Trophy, outstanding player: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington

Canadiens upset, eliminate Penguins, 5-2

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Montreal Canadiens are showing the NHL that they can beat the best in the league to become the best.

First they eliminated the Washington Capitals and now, add the Pittsburgh Penguins to that list. The Canadiens came into the playoffs with the worst won-loss record.

Mike Cammalleri (nhl)

Brian Gionta had two power-play goals, Mike Cammalleri scored his seventh goal of the series as he outplayed Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and the Canadiens built up a surprising four-goal lead and beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins 5-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night. This was the final game at Mellon Arena, the NHL’s oldest facility. Mellon was the first and only retractable roof indoor arena. Mellon Arena is expected to be torn down, sometime after the Penguins move across the street into the Consol Energy Center.

Montreal, was not expected to even come close in the series with Washington but dominated them by shutting down Alex Ovechkin. And they used pretty much the same formula in beating the Penguins.

Montreal accomplished what no other team has done since the current playoff format was changed in 1994,  beating the President’s Trophy winner and Stanley Cup champion in consecutive rounds as an eighth-seeded team.

The Canadiens also played the first game in Mellon Arena, then known as the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, winning 2-1 on October 11, 1967.

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