Suspended Ovechkin won't be in Ottawa

Posted: January 25, 2012

ALEX OVECHKIN is skipping the NHL All-Star game in Ottawa, a decision he announced a day after getting a three-game suspension from the league for a hit on an opponent.

"I feel I'm not deserving to be there right now," the Washington Capitals' captain said yesterday. "If I'm suspended, I have to be suspended."

Ovechkin was punished by the NHL on Monday for launching himself to hit Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek during a loss to the Penguins Sunday.

Last night, Mathieu Perreault got his first career hat trick to lead the Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Boston Bruins.

In other games * 

At New York, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots and Ryan Callahan, John Mitchell and Brad Richards provided the offense in the Rangers' 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

* At Newark, N.J., Jason Pominvile and Nathan Gerbe scored in a shootout and Ryan Miller made 27 saves as the Buffalo Sabres snapped a 12-game losing streak on the road with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

* At Tampa, Fla., Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis both had a goal and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2.

* At Uniondale, N.Y., Clarke MacArthur scored two goals, including one in overtime, to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the New York Islanders 4-3.

* At St. Louis, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz scored in the shootout to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over the Blues.

* At Chicago, Craig Smith and Mike Fisher scored first-period goals and Pekka Rinne made 24 saves as the Nashville Predators defeated the Blackhawks, 3-1.

* At Dallas, Alex Goligoski scored in the first period and Kari Lehtonen had 27 saves as the Stars shutout the Anaheim Ducks, 1-0.

* At Denver, Carson McMillan's third-period goal led the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

* At Calgary, Benn Ferriero scored in the third period and Antti Niemi had 25 saves to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 1-0 win over the Flames.

* At Glendale, Ariz., Radim Vrbata scored early in the third period to help lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the Senators.


* Pittsburgh will unveil a statue honoring former star and current team co-owner Mario Lemieux on March 7. The bronze statue will be placed outside the northwest gate at Consol Energy Center.

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