WASHINGTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals thumped Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 5-2 victory Sunday that included a dismissive goodbye wave from one superstar to the other.
Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 43rd goal, and Washington chased goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period in a blowout that should settle any doubt the tide has turned in a series that used to be one-sided in favor of the Penguins.
The Capitals are 3-0 against Pittsburgh this season and 4-1-1 since Bruce Boudreau took over as coach 15 months ago. Before Boudreau, the Capitals were 1-7-1 in their previous nine games in the series, giving Crosby the early bragging rights over Ovechkin in what the NHL hopes will be a long rivalry.
Alexander Semin, Sergei Fedorov, Shaone Morrisonn and Brooks Laich also scored for Washington. Maxime Talbot and Sergei Gonchar scored for Pittsburgh. The Penguins have lost six of their last seven on the road. They're 2-1-1 since Dan Bylsma became the interim coach after Michel Therrien's firing.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Vaclav Prospal beat Manny Fernandez on a power play with 1:33 left to lift Tampa Bay past Eastern Conference-leading Boston.
Jeff Halpern, Adam Hall and Mark Recchi also scored for Tampa Bay, and Karri Ramo made 40 saves. Phil Kessel, Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara scored for Boston, coming off a 2-0 loss at Florida on Saturday night.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Matt Cullen had his first career hat trick, and Carolina won its third straight to move within a point of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Joni Pitkanen and Ryan Bayda also scored for Carolina.
Darcy Tucker and Wojtek Wolski scored for Colorado.