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 Rangers beat Montreal in a shootout.
-- 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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