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Penguins shut out in Boston, still searching for first win under Mike Sullivan

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to wait another day to get their first win under new head coach Mike Sullivan.

Sullivan took over the job after Mike Johnston was fired during the weekend. So far with Sullivan behind the bench, the Penguins are 0-2 and have been outscored 7-1 in that span following a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

Max Talbot, the former Penguin, scored what turned out to be the winning goal for Boston as he beat goalie Jeff Zatkoff over the left shoulder with a wrist shot off the rush. For Talbot, that was his first goal of the season.

Tuukka Rask stopped all 34 shots he faced for his 30th career shutout. The Penguins turned up the pressure in the second period, but Rask was up to the task with 18 saves.

Sullivan was also unsuccessful with a coach’s challenge on Boston’s second goal of the game, which was credited to Jimmy Hayes.

From the NHL Situation Room blog: “At 4:00 of the second period in the Penguins/Bruins game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Ryan Spooner‘s shot crossed the Pittsburgh goal line prior to the net being displaced. According to Rule 78.4 “The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice”. Good goal Boston.”

Capitals remain red-hot after defeating Senators

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The Washington Capitals have increased their lead atop the Eastern Conference after hanging on to defeat the Ottawa Senators by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday.

The Capitals’ victory spoiled the return of Hamburglar, Ottawa’s goalie Andrew Hammond, who hadn’t played for the NHL club since Nov. 12 and had come back after a brief conditioning stint in the minors.

Hammond didn’t look bad in his return. He made 23 saves on 25 shots. The only problem for Hammond was the goalie at the other end, Braden Holtby, who had yet another solid night, allowing only one goal on 27 shots faced. The Capitals have now won three in a row. In each of those three games, they’ve held their opponents to just one goal.

The Capitals had a two-goal lead in the third period when forward Tom Wilson was given a match penalty for a hit on Curtis Lazar with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.

With Wilson having been sent to the dressing room early, the Senators cut into Washington’s lead on Bobby Ryan‘s 10th goal of the season. However, Ottawa couldn’t complete the comeback and has now lost four of its last six games.

Capitals’ Wilson given match penalty for hit to head of Senators’ Lazar

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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was ejected late in the third period of Wednesday’s game versus the Ottawa Senators for what initially appeared to be a hit to the head of Curtis Lazar.

The hit occurred with 4:42 left in the final period and the Capitals leading by two goals.

Wilson, who had thrown a pair of heavy hits earlier in the game, was assessed a match penalty. A scuffle ensued after the whistle, while Lazar was attended to by a member of the Senators training staff.

‘Just start calling me Denzel’: Habs’ Subban OK with any pronunciation of PK

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BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban has a suggestion for the French-language rights group that complained about the way hockey announcers were pronouncing the defenseman’s first name during French-language broadcasts.

He joked after practice Wednesday that “since we’re changing the pronunciation of my name, just start calling me Denzel.”

Montreal La Presse obtained a complaint filed by a little-known language group saying it didn’t like the English pronunciation of his initials and suggesting the French Pay-Kah instead.

Subban isn’t concerned.

He quipped that “it sounds kind of sexy, actually. I kind of like it. So, I’d say `c’est tres bien, but my name is P.K.”‘

Report: Jagr (flu) to return to Panthers lineup

The Florida Panthers, coming off a victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday, will reportedly get Jaromir Jagr back in the lineup Thursday on the road against the New Jersey Devils.

Jagr, 43, didn’t play Tuesday due to the flu, however he was back at practice the following day, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

The Panthers are looking to leap ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning into fifth in the Atlantic Division.

Jagr is also continuing his charge through the NHL record books.

If he scores tomorrow, Jagr would move into sole possession of fourth all-time in NHL goals with 732 over the course of his illustrious career. He’s currently tied with Marcel Dionne in that category and 10 goals behind Brett Hull for third all-time.