Ovechkin, Capitals Win Pyrrhic Victory

Flyers top Rangers in OT, Predators blank Blue Jackets
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2008 11:43 PM CDT
Ovechkin, Capitals Win Pyrrhic Victory
Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin (8), of Russia, shoots the puck past Carolina Hurricanes' Cam Ward (30) during second period of an NHL hockey game.    ((AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker))

(Newser) – Despite Alex Ovechkin's record breaking 61st goal of the season, and a 3-2 besting of Carolina, the Caps needed more, the Washington Post reports—like a win in regulation. Thanks to Viktor Kozlov's effort in the shootout, Washington earned two points, but a net gain of only one on the 'Canes, leaving Carolina still four points ahead in the Southeast with five games left. In other NHL action:

  • The Flyers took their fourth straight game, with Mike Richards tallying the winner over the Rangers two minutes into OT. The 2-1 victory puts Philly one point behind New York in Eastern Conference playoff position jockeying
  • Dan Ellis notched his fifth career shuout, stopping 36 shots as the Predators bested Columbus, 3-0. The victory marks the second straight for Nashville.
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