Thursday, March 11, 2010

Around the Rink (3/11/10)

Capitals' clinch highlights busy day in NHL

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard makes a save against the Minnesota Wild.

Yesterday's Scores
- Penguins lost to the Hurricanes, 4-3 in overtime. Former Caps player, Brian Pothier had the game-winner. Potheir was traded to Carolina at the trade deadline in a deal for defenseman Joe Corvo.
- Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in the shootout; the Oilers seem well on their way to being last in the NHL standings this year.
- St. Louis won 2-1 in the shootout over the Isles.
- Boston, playing without Marc Savard, beat the Flyers 5-1 to keep them firmly in the playoff race.
- Toronto beat Tampa 4-3 in overtime, Kessel with the game-winner. Tampa Bay player Steven Stamkos is now only two goals behind Ovechkin and Crosby for the goal-scoring lead. Stamkos is 19 and is on his way to become the third-youngest player go have a 50 goal season.
- Atlanta lost to Columbus, 2-1. This loss allowed the Capitals, who did not play today, to clinch the Southeast Division.
- Detroit ran over Minnesota 5-1.
- San Jose beat Nashville 8-5.
- Flames beat Ottawa 2-0 to stay in the playoff race.
- Colorado beat Florida 3-0.

In Other News
- Bruins GM has confirmed that Marc Savard will likely not return to play this season. Savard suffered a concussion from a blow to the head by Matt Cooke less than a week ago.
- The Washington Capitals become the first team to clinch a playoff spot following an Atlanta loss to Columbus today. Washington clinched the Southeast Division championship, getting them a top-3 three seed for the Eastern Conference in the playoffs.
- Apparently, 8 Atlanta Thrashers players were not born when Chris Chelios, age 48, made his professional hockey debut. He's playing with those 8 currently, as he was called up by Atlanta.
- President Obama is younger than Chelios. Wow.

Remember to check back later today, starting around 7:00 PM when the Caps vs Lightning game starts for up-to-date news, scores, and analysis!

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