Ovechkin wins his duel against Crosby
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The Washington Capitals versus Pittsburgh Penguins matchup takes on a special twist when two of the National Hockey League's (NHL) top players, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, go head-to-head. At Capital One Arena, it was the local favorites who won in the penalty shootout by a score of 3 to 2.
Early in the first period on the power play, Ovechkin fired a powerful one-timer while positioned in his favorite spot to the left of goaltender Casey DeSmith. He flashed the red light for the 32nd time this season.
Rather unusual, Quebecers Anthony Mantha and Kristopher Letang threw away the gloves midway through the third period after the two players from La Rive -Sud de Montréal exchanged sticks.
Penguins forward Danton Heinen scored his fifth goal of the season on a throwback in the second period.
During the final engagement, the two teams each moved the ropes once. Marcus Johansson scored his 13th goal of the season for Washington and Bryan Rust notched his 11th on assists from Crosby and Jake Guentzel for the Pens.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom each scored in the shootout to end a two-game winless streak for Peter Laviolette's squad.
The Lightning's lightning falls on the Bruins
After defeating the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night, the Boston Bruins were trying to get their sixth win in a row. However, the Tampa Bay Lightning put a chill on their mighty opponents with a 3-2 win.
Steven Stamkos saw his one-game goal streak come to an end at five. However, number 91 picked up an assist on Nikita Kucherov's goal in the third period.
Victor Hedman, who is having a season below expectations, scored the net victorious over the Bolts in the third period. Lightning star goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 36 of 38 pucks thrown his way.
As for Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark, who is a Vezina Trophy contender, he made a total of 35 saves.
Despite this setback, the Bruins are still comfortably in first place in the overall NHL standings with a total of 80 points.