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By dengdai on Apr 29, 2014 02:48 AM
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins were glad to be back at Consol Energy Center after their longest road trip in three years. babyliss pro curl . Recently, though, theyve felt right at home against the Washington Capitals regardless of where they play. Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading Pittsburgh to a 2-0 victory over Washington on Tuesday night. Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who swept the teams home-and series one night after beating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington. Pittsburgh has beaten its longtime rivals a franchise-record eight straight times. "Every time we play them, its pretty intense," said Fleury, who has 28 career shutouts. "Its always a close game and a hard-fought game, so its nice to get the W." The Penguins have also won three in a row and picked up at least a point in eight of their last 10 games. Pittsburgh was at home for the second time since the end of the Olympic break, having travelled more than 6,000 miles in playing five games over three time zones the previous 10 days. Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots in his third start for Washington. Alexander Ovechkin was held without a point for the fourth consecutive game as the Capitals lost for the fourth time in their last five. Fleury tied his career high for shutouts in a season while winning his sixth straight start against the Capitals, whom the Penguins swept the season series from for the second year in a row. "We created a lot more chances than last game and more shots, and that was something we wanted to improve on," Crosby said. "But defensively we were pretty good." Pittsburgh widened its lead in the Eastern Conference to three points over the idle Boston Bruins and also increased its Metropolitan Division bulge to 16 points over the New York Rangers. Unlike Fleury, Halak was played both games on consecutive nights between the teams. Acquired in a trade from the Buffalo Sabres last week, Halaks first three starts with the Capitals have come over a four-day span. Jokinen beat him at 16:41 of the first. Left unchecked by Capitals defenceman Mike Green while skating through the slot, Jokinen offered a deft re-direct of Matt Niskanens shot from the right point for his 17th goal of the season -- but first since Jan. 30. Evgeni Malkin earned the second assist on the play, extending his assists streak to five games. Crosby scored for the second straight night against Halak, this time with a low wrist shot to the stick side with 5:48 left in the game after skating swiftly down the right wing. Halak said he was surprised by the shot -- he was expecting Crosby to pass it to Chris Kunitz. "I just tried to look to pass as long as I could," Crosby said, "just to see if hed bite and try to hold him there." Lee Stempniak had the only assist on the goal in his home debut for Penguins after he and fellow forward Marcel Goc were acquired in trade-deadline day deals last week. Eleven minutes into the second period, the Capitals came the closest to scoring when rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov flipped a shot from just to the right of Fleury that clanged off the post before deflecting off of Fleurys left pad as he sprawled out. "If we tie the game there," Ovechkin said, "maybe its a little bit different game." Largely untested and forced to make just 12 saves through two periods, Fleury faced the brunt of the Washington onslaught during the third. "The first period, they controlled the game," Ovechkin said. "The last 30 minutes, we played our game, got the puck deep, started to cycle. Maybe we were just a little bit tired, maybe we were just a little sleepy. We just werent ready for the first period. The Capitals No.2 NHL power play had two opportunities over the games final 12 minutes, plus an extended 6-on-5 with Halak pulled over the final 90 seconds. But Fleury denied chances by Mark Chimera, Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson for some of his best third-period saves. "The first and second, there werent too many shots," Fleury said. "The third was crazy -- but it was fun though. You get a good sweat and get a win." Washington dropped into 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings and dropped three points out of the final playoff spot. "(The desperation level) needs to be a little more from everybody," Halak said. "Now, its do-or-die for us." NOTES: Kunitz missed a shift after crashing violently into the goal post during the third period. Bylsma said the contact was not directly to Kunitzs knee. ... Washington C Brooks Laich did not make the trip to Pittsburgh because he continues to be hampered by a groin injury. Laich has missed two of the past four games. ... Early Tuesday, the Capitals recalled C Casey Wellman and D Patrick Wey from their American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey. Wey, a native of a Pittsburgh suburb, was a healthy scratch. ... Before the game, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that D Kris Letang has been skating and working out in Pittsburgh. Letang has not played since suffering a stroke Jan. 29. He remains out indefinitely. babyliss pro perfect curl uk . All games will be broadcast on TEAM 1410 and will feature extensive pre- and post-game coverage. This extension complements Bells multi-year partnership with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. babyliss procurl . The Spaniards long-awaited transfer from Arsenal finally materialized Sunday when the two clubs announced they had reached a preliminary agreement for the 24-year-old midfielder. SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers showed their former coach just how much theyve improved. Tomas Fleischmann scored at 17:57 in the third period and the Panthers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Monday night. Kris Versteeg scored two goals for Florida, and Stephen Weiss had a goal and an assist. Jose Theodore stopped 22 shots. Fleischmann took a pass from Weiss to the left of the net and shot it past Martin Brodeur for the game winner. "Those guys didnt cover me and I was there by myself," Fleischmann said. "I felt you have to do something against Brodeur because he had a great angle, so I just faked the shot, went to the side and it worked out." Ilya Kovalchuk, Petr Sykora, and Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils. Brodeur had 32 saves. Andy Greene had two assists. It was only the second time in franchise history the Panthers overcame a three-goal deficit. On Feb 10, 2009, the Panthers trailed 4-1 against Toronto before winning 5-4 in OT. "We found a way to win," Versteeg said. "Were going to have to be happy about that tonight and just let the game go and come back on an even keel tomorrow." Devils coach Peter DeBoer, who coached the Panthers for the last three seasons, returned to the Sunrise arena for the first time since being fired on April 10. He didnt get the revenge he had hoped for. "Its disappointing. We stopped playing after the 3-0 lead," DeBoer said. "A good lesson learned and a credit to them, they didnt stop. We probably got what we deserved at the end." New Jersey scored all of its goals in the first, and Florida tied it on Weisss short-handed tally at 9:12 of the third. Garrison passed to Weiss in front and he wristed the puck high innto the net. babyliss pro perfect curl. After Weiss goal, the Devils had a two-man advantage for 1:05 but couldnt score. The Panthers got on the board on Versteegs first goal at 5:28 of the second. Versteeg grabbed a loose puck in front of the crease and poked it past Brodeur on the stick side. Versteeg scored again five minutes later. Jason Garrisons shot was blocked by Brodeur, but Versteeg was there for the rebound and wristed it into the net. "Its disappointing because of the way you lose," Brodeur said. "In this league, three-goal leads, especially when you have a lot of time on the clock, its never safe." New Jerseys fast start was first time the Panthers allowed three goals in a period this season. The Devils took a 1-0 lead on Kovalchuks goal at 8:17. Theodore blocked a shot by Henrik Tallinder but Kovalchuk got the rebound and wristed it into the net. Sykora then backhanded in a shot on Theodores stick side, and Zubrus score at 11:49 made it 3-0. Patrick Elias passed across to Zubrus to the right of the crease and he swept in the puck. The Panthers said there was no extra satisfaction from beating their former coach. They just want to win games. "Its got nothing to do with him at all," Weiss said. "It was unacceptable the way we started that game. We had to push back, and we did. Its a big win for us." NOTES: New Jersey D Anton Volchenkov needed 12 stitches to the face after a first-period injury. ... New Jersey C Ryan Carter played his first game against his former team. Carter was waived by the Panthers on Oct. 25 and picked up by the Devils the next day. ... Versteeg has 11 goals in 20 games for the Panthers. ... Florida C Marcel Goc missed his third game with an upper body injury. ' ' '
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