Washington Capitals

Kane, Sharp lead Blackhawks over Ducks


Patrick Kane scored twice and Patrick Sharp assisted on all four goals as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 Friday night.

With the win, Chicago takes two of three from Anaheim in the season series.

The Ducks have now lost two straight games in regulation for the first time since Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.

Jonathan Toewes opened the scoring in the first with his 15th of the season. Duncan Keith and Kane gave the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.

The Ducks were not happy with Keith’s goal at 9:16 of the second period. Toews collided with goaltender Frederik Andersen just prior to the puck going in.

Officials discussed the play, but deemed it a good goal much to the dismay of Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau.

After Rickard Rakell got the Ducks on the board midway through the third, Kane restored the three-goal lead with his 25th of the season.

Kane, who also had an assist in the win, is now two points shy of Jakub Voracek (58) in the Art Ross race. Kane is also four goals shy of Alexander Ovechkin in the Rocket Richard race.

With the win, Chicago is now 1-1-0 on its six-game road trip, which continues Saturday in San Jose.

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Ehrhoff undergoes concussion testing after Ovechkin collision


Pittsburgh will be without defenseman Christian Ehrhoff for tonight’s tilt in New Jersey — and possibly more games as well.

On Friday, the club announced that Ehrhoff had been returned to Pittsburgh for concussion testing, stemming from a collision with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin during the Penguins’ 4-0 loss at Verizon on Wednesday.

The incident in question:

Ovechkin was whistled for a holding penalty on the play. Ehrhoff left the game immediately and didn’t return.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Pens fare without the German rearguard in the lineup. Ehrhoff has been one of the team’s more durable blueliners this year, appearing in 43 of 48 games, and is second to Kris Letang in d-man scoring (with 13 points).

Get your game notes: Habs at Rangers

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the New York Rangers hosting the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• Two Original Six teams clash: MTL and NYR will play the rubber game of their 3-game season series tonight at MSG.

• Oct. 25, 2014 at Bell Centre – MTL def. NYR 3-1 – (Carey Price – 34 saves, Max Pacioretty 1G-1A).

• Nov. 23, 2014 at MSG – NYR def. MTL 5-0 (MTL backup Dustin Tokarski played in place of Price).

• These two teams faced off in the Eastern Conference Final last season (NYR won series 4-2).

• Eastern Conference Outlook: MTL and NYR are both secure in the top 8 in the East standings, as there is a 7-point gap between the 2nd Wild Card (BOS) and 9th-place (FLA).

• Within the top 8, things are much more bunched.

• Montreal sits 3rd in the Atlantic, but is just 2 points behind division-leading DET with 2 games in hand.

• The Rangers are the 1st Wild Card currently, but have at least 2 games in hand on all 3 teams in the Metro above them in the standings.

• Scorching Habs: Montreal enters on a 3-game win streak and owns a 13-3-1 record in its last 17 games.

• Last game: MTL def. DAL 3-2 – this was the first game out of the All-Star Break for MTL. The Habs won despite getting outshot 42-26. Carey Price made 40 saves.

• Rangers Rolling: The Rangers lead the NHL in wins since December 8 with 16, and while New York is and impressive 16-4-0 since then, they are also 3-3-0 in their last 6 games.

• Last game: NYI def. NYR 4-1 – this was the first game out of the All-Star Break for the Rangers. NYR had a 3-game win streak snapped and remained winless against the Isles this season in 3 games (0-3-0 record).

• NYR begins a 4-game homestand tonight (also vs. CAR, BOS, FLA). NYR is 6-1-0 in its last 7 home gms.

MONTREAL TEAM/PLAYER NOTES• Max Pacioretty set a career high last season with 39 goals – that ranked him 4th in the NHL.• Pacioretty is on pace for another 35+ goal season with 21 through 46 games.• Alex Galchenyuk scored a highlight-reel goal vs. DAL to extend his goal streak to 3 games (3G-1A). He has never scored a goal in 4 straight games.• Galchenyuk, the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft, matched his career high with 13 goals, and has set a new career high with 32 points this season.• P.K. Subban is also riding a 3-game point streak (2G-2A) after an assist vs. DAL. His next point will be the 200th of his career.NEW YORK TEAM/PLAYER NOTES• Rick Nash leads the Rangers in goals with 28. He is tied with Tyler Seguin (DAL) for 2nd in the NHL, 1 goal behind league-leader Alex Ovechkin.• No Ranger has led the NHL in goals in a season since Lynn Patrick in 1941-42.• The 30-year-old Nash has already surpassed his goal and point totals from a season ago – in 20 fewer games.• His career high is 41 goals, set in 2003-04 (2nd NHL season, w/ CBJ). He is on pace for over 50 this season.• He has just 2 points (both goals) in the last 6 games.• Derek Stepan was held without a point vs. NYI, but he has 5 points (2G-3A) in his last 4 games.• He is 4th on the team in points (32) despite playing in just 32 of the team’s 45 games this season. Stepan missed the first 12 games of the season recovering from a fractured fibula suffered in training camp.• Ryan McDonagh was a Canadiens 1st round draft choice (12th overall) in 2007. However, he never played an NHL game for the Habs, as he was traded to NYR in the 2009 offseason in the deal that brought Scott Gomez to MTL.• McDonagh only has 1 point in his last 9 games.• Career vs. MTL: While he only has 1 point in 14 career regular season games vs. MTL, last postseason McDonagh led NYR over MTL in the Eastern Conference Final with 10 points (2G-8A) in the 6-game series.• Dominic Moore played for MTL in 2009-10. Last season with NYR, Moore scored the only goal in the Rangers’ 1-0 Game 6 shutout victory in the Eastern Conference Final to eliminate the Habs and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Capitals’ Trotz: ‘They were trying to make a statement and we responded’


The Washington Capitals weren’t going to be pushed around. Actually, by the end of the night, they were pushing around the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rivalry Night between the two clubs was a physical affair. It started early with a spirited fight involving Tom Wilson and Zack Sill, and boiled over in the third period when Alex Ovechkin collided along the boards with Christian Ehrhoff, which eventually set off a melee.

Washington’s head coach Barry Trotz praised his team for its response in a physical game, which the Capitals also dominated on the scoreboard in a 4-0 victory over the visiting Penguins. Ovechkin had a pair of goals and now leads the league in that category.

“I think you know obviously they were coming in our building, and I think they were trying to make a statement and we responded,” said Trotz, as per the Capitals’ website.

“We tightened our game up and we had everyone do a really good job tonight in all aspects of the game.”

Braden Holtby made 27 saves for his fifth shutout of the season. The Capitals are now three points back of the Penguins for second in the Metropolitan Division.

Video: Tempers boil over between Capitals, Penguins


Frustration hit a peak for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as they faced off and lost to their Metropolitan Division rivals, the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

It got off to a nasty start, with Tom Wilson and Zack Sill dropping the gloves midway through the first period.

Tempers boiled over late in the third period, as Alex Ovechkin was called for a hold on Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff after a collision along the boards. Ehrhoff was injured on the play, left the game and didn’t return. The hit, upon replay, appeared perfectly legal — just Ovechkin using his strength along the boards.

A melee ensued between players on both teams near the Penguins bench, with Ovechkin right in the middle of it.

Ovechkin scored twice (watch here and here) and now leads the NHL in goals with 29. The Capitals were thorough in their victory over the Penguins, defeating them by a final score of 4-0.

The Capitals held a 2-0 lead heading into the third period, but the floodgates opened in the third, on goals from Eric Fehr and Mike Green.