Newsmakers in the NHL: Florida Power Play Pounds Washington

Panthers 6, Capitals 2: After a couple of blowout losses this past week, the Florida Panthers rebounded for a convincing 6-2 win in Washington on Sunday, thanks in large part to a 3-for-6 effort from their power play. After Alexander Semin gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead, the Panthers picked up three consecutive power play goals on their way to a four goal first period.

Bryan McCabe registered four points in the win, while Stephen Weiss picked up a goal and two assists. Jay Bouwmeester, Brett McLean and Keith Ballard also added two points.

Penguins 4, Stars 1: The Penguins are now 5-1-1 under interim head coach Dan Bylsma, and thanks to their 4-1 win in Dallas on Sunday, they jumped over the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres to take over the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. Evgeni Malkin picked up a goal and two assists, as he continues to make a mockery of the NHL's scoring race. Currently, Malkin has a 10 point lead over Washington's Alex Ovechkin, and a 13 point lead over Sidney Crosby. It's time Malkin started getting some mention as the league's best player.

Canucks 3, Blue Jackets 1: Vancouver and Columbus were separated by just two points entering Sunday's game, and the Canucks gave themselves a little breathing room as they picked up a 3-1 win. Sami Salo, Ryan Kesler and Alexandre Burrows all scored for the Canucks, as Roberto Luongo stopped 19-of-20 shots in net. Vancouver now holds the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference, with Columbus four points back in the No. 6 spot.

The rest of Sunday's action

Martin Brodeur is back, and it's like he never left. He recorded his 100th career shutout on Sunday.

Chicago picks up a 4-2 win over the Kings, while Jonathan Toews scores his fourth goal in his past two games.

Tampa Bay and Calgary combine for 14 goals. Is it 1985 again?

Daily rebounds

-- The Columbus Blue Jackets, always in the market for a center, appear to have an interest in Ottawa's Antoine Vermette. Could Pascal Leclaire be going the other way?

-- Here's Tampa Bay's take on the Steve Downie incident from Saturday night. Basically, the Lightning feel it wasn't intentional.

Monday's only game

-- I'm sure Versus just loves this matchup. The only game on Monday's schedule features the worst team in the Western Conference taking on the worst team in the NHL. Snooze city. I'll still watch, you should too. Maybe Bill Guerin will make an appearance.

Perhaps the biggest story on Monday will be whether or not somebody (*cough* the Rangers *cough*) makes a claim on Sean Avery as he goes through re-entry waivers.

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