Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was in Washington for his team’s latest loss, wearing a jacket and tie and far from the ice. His team sure could use him in the lineup.
Washington’s Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves, including a key stop on Evgeni Malkin in the closing minutes, and Jason Chimera scored off a turnover in the first period, giving the Capitals a 1-0 victory last night, Pittsburgh’s sixth consecutive defeat.
It was the first time this season the Penguins were shut out, but they’ve scored only six goals during their current skid.
Sidelined by concussion symptoms, and more than a month removed from his most recent game, Crosby is only now ready to resume skating on his own.
Vokoun didn’t make things easy for the shorthanded Penguins, and was at his best late against Malkin.
“I was scrambling in the crease, and then I saw him. He got the puck and he actually took a great shot,’’ Vokoun said. “I was fortunate enough to kind of raise my body, and it hit me in the chest. It’s a good save.’’
Said Washington’s Matt Hendricks: “When we needed him to make that great save, he was there.’’
Chimera gave Washington the only offense it needed at 15:25, finishing a 3-on-1 rush right in front of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Capitals defenseman Joel Ward stole the puck in his end and sent it to Jeff Halpern along the right boards. Halpern centered to Chimera, who easily scored his 14th goal, second on the Capitals to Alex Ovechkin.
Devils 2, Oilers 1 - Zach Parise scored a power-play goal 1:06 into overtime to lift visiting New Jersey to its third win in four games. Parise took a feed from Patrik Elias and snapped a shot into a wide-open net behind goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Ilya Kovalchuk scored a shorthanded goal in the second period and added an assist on Parise’s winner for the Devils, who jumped over Toronto into sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Ales Hemsky scored for the Oilers (16-22-4), who have lost four straight and 11 of 13.