Alex Ovechkin becomes only the second rookie in NHL history with 50 goals and 100 points when he scores in the Capitals game against the Thrashers on Thursday night.
The Atlanta Thrashers are determined to take the playoff race right down to the last game. Marian Hossa scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, then added an empty netter with 25 seconds to go that carried the Thrashers past the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Thursday night. Atlanta pulled within two points of defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have three games remaining.
If it happens, it happens, and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. That’s what Sidney Crosby says whenever he’s asked about reaching 100 points for the season, something only six rookies have done in the history of the NHL.
But what Crosby says about getting 100 points and what he does about it are two different things.
Crosby had a goal and three assists Thursday to lead the Penguins past the New York Rangers, 5-3, at Mellon Arena. It was the third four-point night of his career and his second in four games. He has seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points in his last 11 games and 97 points (38 goals, 59 assists) with three games left to play.
Matt Stajan scored his second goal of the game to give Toronto a 4-3 overtime win over the New York Islanders.
The win moves the Maple Leafs within three points of Tampa Bay for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Among all the head-spinning permutations that involve the Flyers and their possible first-round opponent in the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s becoming more apparent that avoiding the New Jersey Devils is a good idea.
On the other hand, considering the haphazard way the win-one, lose-one Flyers have been playing, any opponent would be quite capable of sending them home early in the postseason.
The torrid Devils not only handled the Flyers rather easily in their 4-1 victory last night at Continental Airlines Arena, they also showed them they have a long way to go in a short time if they plan on making a run deep into springtime.