Horn­qvist has 2 points in his sea­son de­but as Pens beat Caps 3-2

Penticton Herald - - SCOREBOARD -

WASHINGTON — Pa­tric Horn­qvist scored a power-play goal and as­sisted on an­other in his sea­son de­but to help the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins beat the Washington Cap­i­tals 3-2 on Wednesday night in their first meet­ing since the playoffs.

Horn­qvist as­sisted on a goal by Kris Le­tang, the de­fence­man’s first since Feb. 4 after miss­ing the end of last sea­son and playoffs be­cause of neck surgery. Horn­qvist, who scored the Stan­ley Cup-clinch­ing goal last spring de­spite a bro­ken fin­ger on his right hand, was play­ing for the first time since off-sea­son surgery to re­pair it.

Conor Sheary scored the Pen­guins’ third goal as they went 3 for 6 on the power play. The Cap­i­tals’ six mi­nor penal­ties were a sea­son high and contributed to their first reg­u­la­tion loss.

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-lead­ing eighth goal of the sea­son in the Cap­i­tals’ fourth game. Chris­tian Djoos as­sisted on Ovechkin’s goal and scored in his NHL de­but to be­come the third de­fence­man in fran­chise his­tory to score in his de­but after Steve Poapst and Hall of Famer Scott Stevens.

Matt Mur­ray stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced to pick up the vic­tory. Braden Holtby made 33 saves for Washington. DEV­ILS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 3 TORONTO — Brian Gib­bons had a rare 3-on-5 goal, Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and un­beaten New Jer­sey beat Toronto Wednesday to end the Maple Leafs’ per­fect start.

Blake Cole­man also scored, and Cory Schneider made 47 saves to help New Jer­sey open 3-0-0 for the first time since 2014-15.

Tied 2-2 after 20 min­utes, New Jer­sey scored twice in the sec­ond pe­riod de­spite be­ing out­shot 17-12.

A key mo­ment came late in the pe­riod with the Dev­ils tak­ing two mi­nors on one play. Rather than Toronto tak­ing ad­van­tage, New Jer­sey killed off the penal­ties and scored short-handed to make it 4-2.

Jake Gar­diner was un­able to keep the puck in at the New Jer­sey blue line and two Dev­ils broke in. Wil­liam Ny­lan­der’s backcheck swept the puck off Adam Hen­rique’s stick, and the puck went off goalie Fred­erik An­der­sen to Gib­bons in front.

Aus­ton Matthews, with his third of the sea­son, cut it to 5-3 with 6:26 re­main­ing and the Maple Leafs on a two-man ad­van­tage. James van Riems­dyk and Do­minic Moore also scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs dropped to 3-1-0.

Leafs coach Mike Bab­cock was unim­pressed by a 50-shot bar­rage on Schneider, com­plain­ing in­stead about a lack of ef­fort from his team.

“We didn’t have any snap, we didn’t have any juice, we didn’t win any bat­tles,” he said in a pithy postgame news con­fer­ence that lasted all of two min­utes nine sec­onds.

“We talked quite a lot about this game com­ing up and how it was going to be,” he added. “And that’s ex­actly what I ex­pected. But I ex­pected us to com­pete and that didn’t hap­pen.”

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