Niemi Silences Capitals 2-0, Sharks Extend Point Streak to Nine Games

February 9th, 2011 by John Phen Leave a reply »
Both the San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals have had their share of troubles this season, enduring some awful slumps during the holidays in 2010. Although both of these teams limped into the All-Star Break, they had both found their way in many aspects headed into the Tuesday match-up.

Both teams were coming off of impressive shutout victories and were both three points back of their respective divisional leaders.

The Capitals were 17-5-7 at home good for second best in the NHL, with the Sharks at a 7th best 15-9-3 road record. While both teams were getting hot, the Sharks brought a 7-2-1 record in their past 10 games and a three game winning streak to Washington.

Washington won back-to-back victories, rebounding from a three game slide and was coming off a big 3-0 win over their hated rivals in the Penguins. Michal Neurvirth recorded 22 saves in the shutout and Ovechkin broke-out for a goal and three helpers.

This game had all the makings of a classic battle, with both teams trying to build momentum and fighting for positioning in their respective conferences.

The Capitals may be many experts dark horse out of the East, but toni ...

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