ATLANTA – Ondrej Pavelec made 36 saves for his third shutout of the season and Nik Antropov scored the only goal as the Atlanta Thrashers won for only the fifth time in 17 games, blanking Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Pavelec stifled the Capitals with several huge saves, sending the Thrashers into the all-star break with a good feeling after their toughest stretch of the season. Atlanta, coming off an embarrassing 7-1 rout at Tampa Bay, snapped a three-game losing streak.
Antropov scored at 11:21 of the second period after Washington defenceman Jeff Schultz lost control of a bouncing puck backing into his own zone. Freddy Modin gobbled it up and found Antropov breaking in all alone on Semyon Varlamov. The Atlanta centre beat the goalie to the glove side for his ninth goal.
The Thrashers won for the fourth time in six games against their division rival this season, and two of Pavelec’s shutouts have come against Washington. He also blanked the Capitals 5-0 on Nov. 19.
BOSTON (AP)—All-star Tim Thomas stopped 34 shots and the Bruins headed into the break in first place in the Northeast Division.
Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins, winners of seven of their last 10 games.
Bryan Allen scored for Florida, and Tomas Vokoun stopped made 33 saves.
The Panthers pulled Vokoun with 1:08 left and former Bruin Dennis Wideman put a shot on net with 1.4 seconds left, but Thomas saved it with his body.
DALLAS (AP)—Brenden Morrow scored twice and Kari Lehtonen made 34 saves for the Stars to rebound from a poor performance in his previous start.
Adam Burish added a goal and Jamie Langenbrunner had the primary assist on both of Morrow’s goals as the Pacific Division-leading Stars got back on track after dropping consecutive road games to Calgary and Vancouver by a combined 14-5. Lehtonen allowed all the goals in a 7-1 loss to the Canucks on Monday night.
Dustin Penner had a power-play goal for Edmonton, 4-14-3 in its last 21 games.
DETROIT (AP)—Valtteri Filppula scored 5:32 into the third period, putting the Red Wings ahead to stay.
Jimmy Howard made 23 saves, and Darren Helm and Johan Franzen added goals. The Red Wings snapped New Jersey’s four-game winning streak and dealt the Devils their first loss in regulation in eight games.
Brian Rolston scored for New Jersey and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves.
Filppula’s goal snapped a 1-1 tie. New Jersey had a goal disallowed with 2:28 remaining when officials ruled Howard was pushed into the net by an attacking player.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Eric Staal scored two goals in a 1:38 span in the second period and also had an assist to help Carolina beat New York in front of an announced crowd of 4,976 on snowy Long Island.
Zach Boychuk and Brandon Sutter also scored and Cam Ward made 23 saves for Hurricanes. Ninth in the Eastern Conference, Carolina has won three of its last four games.
Michael Grabner and Andrew MacDonald scored for New York.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jarret Stoll scored the only shootout goal in the fourth round as Los Angeles headed into the NHL all-star break with its third straight victory.
Jonathan Quick made 22 saves and stopped all four San Jose tries in the shootout, ending the Sharks’ four-game winning streak.
Ryan Smyth scored his 19th goal and Alexei Ponikarovsky tied it early in the third period for the Kings.
Ryane Clowe and Devin Setoguchi scored 39 seconds apart late in the second period for the Sharks.
VANCOUVER (AP) _ Lee Sweatt scored the winning goal with 7:29 left in his first NHL game to lead Vancouver over Nashville.
Sweatt, who played the last four seasons in Europe, put the Canucks ahead for good less than 2 minutes after Alexandre Burrows levelled the score in the third period.
Roberto Luongo finished with 26 saves for the Canucks, who have won two in a row after a 0-1-3 slide.
Rinne finished with 33 saves for the Predators, who lost consecutive games for the first time since late December.
DENVER (AP)—Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves and Eric Belanger scored twice for Phoenix.
Keith Yandle had a goal and an assist and Scott Upshall and Kyle Turris also scored to help the Coyotes run their road winning streak to five games. Phoenix rebounded from a 4-3 home loss to Edmonton on Thursday.
Matt Duchene and Ryan Stoa scored for Colorado, and Craig Anderson made 25 saves in relief of Peter Budaj.
CALGARY (AP)—David Moss had two power-play goals and added an assist for Calgary.
Adam Pardy added his first goal of the season—and fourth in 143 career games—and Jarome Iginla had an empty-net goal. The Flames have won four straight.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves, allowing only Philip McRae’s first NHL goal midway through the third period. McRae, the 20-year-old son of former NHL player Basil McRae, was playing his seventh NHL game.
St. Louis has lost four in a row.