February 11, 2010
After struggling for just about the entire season, Mason looks to be turning the corner with his play over the past week and his shutout Wednesday of San Jose gives him four wins in five starts. Making 40 saves, including 20 in the third period, Mason recorded his fourth shutout of the season and second in three games. Antoine Vermette(notes) scored a goal and assisted on Rick Nash's(notes) 26th goal of the season in the 3-0 win.
Plekanec's first goal came late in the second period to give the Canadiens a 5-2 lead over Washington. It was looking like the Capitals' 14-game winning streak was over and done with until their three-goal comeback in the third period forced overtime. In the extra session, Plekanec waited until the very end to snap Washington's win streak, scoring with just 7.5 seconds left for the victory. Sergei Kostitsyn(notes) set up the game-winner and finished with three helpers on the night.
Despite the tough loss, Laich shined for Washington, recording his first career hat trick. Scoring twice in the final 11 minutes of the third period to spur the comeback, Laich is on pace for career highs in goals, assists, points and plus/minus. It was his goal with 18.4 seconds that completed the Washington comeback after the Capitals found themselves down 5-2 heading into the third period. The Capitals streak of 14 consecutive wins finishes tied for third all time in NHL history with the 1929-30 Boston Bruins.
Honorable mention: Dan Ellis'(notes) 37 saves snapped a personal three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. Colin Wilson's(notes) second of the season near the end of the second period broke the 1-1 deadlock. ... Simon Gagne's(notes) goal 3:27 into overtime ended a second Philadelphia comeback over New Jersey this week. Down 2-0 yet again to the Devils, the Flyers clawed back with goals from Arron Asham(notes) and Jeff Carter(notes) to force overtime. ... Great job by the Prudential Center staff and the Devils for allowing the announced crowd of 5,580 fans to move to the lower levels as a reward for braving through snowy conditions to get to the arena. ... Chris Kunitz(notes) scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) made 37 saves as the Penguins beat the Islanders 3-1. Evgeni Malkin(notes) tallied a goal and an assist to extend his personal points streak to 11 games. ... Martin Hanzal(notes) and Radim Vrbata(notes) each had a goal and an assist as Phoenix slipped past Minnesota 3-2 and swept the season series. The win was the 37th for the Coyotes and gave them 79 points on the season, good for fourth best in the NHL. ... Paul Stastny's(notes) three assists, Chris Stewart's(notes) two points and Craig Anderson's(notes) 33 saves paced Colorado's come-from-behind win over Atlanta. Down 3-1 in the third period, the Avalanche scored twice to force overtime before Kyle Cumiskey(notes) scored nine seconds in to grab the extra point. ... Adam Foote(notes) played in his 900th game for the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise. ... Alex Ovechkin(notes) recorded two assists in Washington's loss to extend his points streak to eight games. ... Bobby Ryan's(notes) pair of goals and Todd Marchant's(notes) winner 8:21 into the third period gave Anaheim a 3-2 win over Edmonton to help set a Ducks franchise record with their 11th straight win at home. The Oilers continued their miserable season by losing their 11th consecutive game and have yet to win a road game since Dec. 11. Jonas Hiller(notes) made 37 stops for his 25th win of the season. The Ducks have won 13 of 18 and are now two points behind the Calgary Flames for the final spot in the Western Conference.
Did you know? Marc-Andre Fleury's last shutout came March 25, 2009.
Dishonorable mention: After receiving a hooking call in the second period and then complaining about it to officials, Rangers rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto(notes) earned an extra two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalty kill was going well for New York until Wilson scored the eventual game-winning goal with 24 seconds left in the second minor. ... The Capitals were denied a goal after referees ruled that Alex Ovechkin hitting Hal Gill(notes) into Carey Price(notes) did not allow the Montreal goaltender to make a save and thus, the goal was waved off. Check it out for yourself:
Finally, a scary moment occurred during the Habs-Caps game as Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges(notes) took a Mike Green(notes) slap shot to the head. He left the ice bleeding and with assistance. After the game, Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin said that Gorges would be re-evaluated on Thursday: