Newsmakers in the NHL: Panthers, Sabres Lose Key Games

Capitals 3, Panthers 0: After getting blown out on Monday, the Washington Capitals rebounded on Tuesday by picking up a 3-0 win in Florida. Jose Theodore, coming off a disastrous performance in Atlanta, stopped all 19 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season. Viktor Kozlov, Brooks Laich and Mike Green all scored for the Capitals, while Alex Ovechkin picked up an assist, as he's still looking for goal No. 50 on the season.

For the Panthers, it's a costly loss as a win would have put them back into the top eight in the Eastern Conference. They're certainly picking a bad time to hit a slump, as the Panthers have dropped four in a row and five of their past six.

Senators 4, Sabres 2: Speaking of picking a bad time to slump, the Sabres are quickly fading in the playoff race, as they watched a 2-0 lead turn into a 4-2 loss against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Buffalo registered just 13 shots on goal, and only one -- one! -- in the second period. Brendan Bell scored a pair for Ottawa, while Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson also tallied goals for the Senators, who have now won six of their past seven. The Sabres are still only three points out of the No. 8 spot, but have lost four of their past five.

The Rest Of Tuesday's Action

The Devils picked up a pretty significant win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Check out more of FanHouse's coverage.

The Red Wings use a third period rally to defeat Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh picks up a big win against Atlanta.

The Rangers beat Montreal in a shootout.

Minnesota edges Colorado.

Toronto takes on Tampa Bay after another practice skirmish between Jason Blake and Mikhail Grabovski.

St. Louis looks to keep its playoff push going in Edmonton.

Vancouver hosts Dallas.

Phoenix puts up a fight against San Jose.

Daily Rebounds

-- Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller is starting to test his injured ankle.

-- Canucks general manager Mike Gillis says negotiations with the Sedin's will pick up in the offseason. They're both unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Wednesday's Key Games

-- Carolina could use a win against New Jersey to distance itself from Florida and Buffalo. The Hurricanes have dropped three in a row, with two of those losses coming in shootouts.

-- Nashville continues its west coast road trip with a game in Anaheim.

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