NHL Wrap: Crosby fuels Pens' win over Caps

NHL Wrap: Crosby fuels Pens' win over Caps
February 8, 2013, 12:45 am
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After pounding the Panthers on Jan. 26, 7-1, the Flyers let a late slip away in their second meeting, as Florida came into Wells Fargo Center and left with a 3-2 shootout win (see story).

In the loss, the Flyers picked up a point, but they weren't happy with it. According to Claude Giroux, the Flyers are feeling "desperate," (see story).

Now, here's a review of Thursday's action around the NHL:

Crosby, Penguins top Capitals
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin used to be one of the most electric rivalries in hockey.

Those days, at least for the moment, appear to be over.

Crosby extended his points streak to six games with a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins pounded the lifeless Washington Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night.

"I think right now we're confident in the way we're playing and believe in the way we're playing," Crosby said. "Hopefully at the end we have the result we want," (see full recap).

Surging Devils beat Lightning
NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer never worries when Ilya Kovalchuk goes into a goal-scoring drought.

Kovalchuk gets his chances every game, and sooner or later the puck starts going in the net.

Kovalchuk snapped a six-game drought with a short-handed goal late in the second period and the Devils won their third straight game with a 4-2 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

"I wasn't worried about Kovy, it's just a matter of time with him," DeBoer said. "Kovy could have had four goals tonight had he not been trying to set everyone up. But that's him and all the guys in the room appreciate what he is about," (see full recap).

Rangers take care of Islanders
NEW YORK -- J.T. Miller scored his first two NHL goals and then cautioned everyone not to get used to it.

The teenage rookie found the net twice in his second career game to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Miller, however, said setting up others is really more of his game. As long as pucks go in, the goal-starved Rangers will gladly take offense from anyone.

"I am more of a playmaker," said Miller, who won't turn 20 until March. "I've always had more assists than goals," (see full recap).

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