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NHL Recap: March 17, 2013 – Penguins Stuff Bruins, Oilers Stun Predators


There were 3 games on the NHL schedule outside of Ottawa’s 4-1 win over Winnipeg on a light St. Patrick’s Day.  The Pens won the battle of the Big 2 in the East (with apologies to Montreal fans) and the Predators dropped yet another one.  Here is a tour around the league.

March 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Joe Vitale (46) falls to the ice after scoring a goal past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

  1. The Penguins got first period goals from Sidney Crosby and Joe Vitale sandwiched around a Tyler Seguin response to win the battle for first in the East against the Boston Bruins 2-1.  It was the 9th win in a row for the Penguins, who have a 12 point cushion in the Atlantic division, while Boston sticks in 4th place in the Eastern Conference and a point behind Montreal in the Northeast.
  2. Washington kept their very slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 win over the Sabres.  The Caps are 6 points out of 8th, with 6 teams to pass, so as doubtful as it is, there is a glimmer of hope remaining.  Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera, Marcus Johanssen and Mathieu Perreault scored for Washington.  Cody Hodgson had a pair for the Sabres with Brian Flynn adding the other. Ryan Miller allowed 5 goals on just 25 shots in the losing effort.
  3. Jordan Eberle had the game winner with just over 4 minutes remaining adding to his earlier assist to lead the Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Predators.  Magnus Paajarvi and Lennart Petrell also scored for Edmonton.  Roman Josi had a goal and an assist for Nashville, with Shea Weber netting the other.  Edmonton jumped into a tie with the Predators for 10th in the West, just 2 points behind the 8th & 9th seeds.  The big story in this one was Nashville’s Sergei Kostitsyn releasing his check and going for a change while on the power play, allowing Sam Gagner and Petrell to go in 2 on 1 shorthanded, resulting in Petrell’s goal that broke a 1-1 tie.