Penguins shut down East-leading Capitals


The Metropolitan Division race has been over for weeks. The best regular season in the 41-year history of the Washington Capitals has seen to that.

The surging Pittsburgh Penguins, however, did more than delay the inevitable on Sunday. They served notice Washington’s path through the Eastern Conference might not be as easy as it looked a month ago.

Rookie Tom Kuhnhackl had a goal and two assists and the Penguins denied the Capitals a chance to lock up the division title with a dominant 6-2 victory.

“The start was a little slow the first five minutes but after that we really settled in,” Sidney Crosby said. “Had a lot of jump, a lot of desperation.”

Ducks 3, Jets 2 (OT)

In Winnipeg, Jakob Silfverberg scored at 4:01 of overtime.

Devils 2, Blue Jackets 1

In Newark, New Jersey, Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tiebreaking goal 8:38 into the third period.

Flames 4, Canadiens 1

In Montreal, Sean Monahan had two goals and an assist.

Wild 3, Blackhawks 2 (SO)

In Chicago, Charlie Coyle scored the only goal in the shootout.

Avalanche 3, Oilers 2

In Edmonton, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist.

Sharks 3, Coyotes 0

In San Jose, Tomas Hertl scored a power-play goal andJames Reimer earned his second shutout in four starts.