He goofed. And then Joni Pitkanen atoned. Not once, but twice. Igniting a revved-up, sellout crowd at the Wachovia Center last night, Pitkanen scored the tying goal in regulation, then served up the game-winner in overtime against the Boston Bruins for a 4-3 Flyers victory.
Stan Fischler checks in on five things he’s learned in the past month or so.
International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said Tuesday he was pleased with the results of the NHL initiatives, and wants the rules enforced similarly in February.
“We’re going to have the same level at least – if not stronger,” Fasel said before boarding a flight to Europe on Tuesday. “We’ll have four NHL officials and other officials from the IIHF and we will work together and follow the line set by the NHL.
“I’m very, very pleased to see how it works in the NHL. That’s the way we should play the game all the time.”
Ovechkin, who has scored 12 of Washington’s 38 goals this season, tallied twice in the loss, giving him five two-goal outings in 15 NHL games.
“He’s very smart,” Capitals head coach Glen Hanlon explained. “He has found ways to adapt and score in all different types of systems and environments.
“You cannot be that good without hockey sense. He has that.”
Pierre Turgeon scored his 500th NHL goal and Alex Tanguay scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday.
He is the 34th player in league history to reach the 500-goal plateau.