Monday's NHL Capsules
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot and Tyler Seguin scored, Tim Thomas stopped 45 shots, and the surging Boston Bruins kept rolling with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.
The Bruins improved to 14-0-1 in their last 15 games, their longest point streak since the club went 17 games without a loss in 1983. The defending Stanley Cup champions clamped down on the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins, holding star Sidney Crosby scoreless.
Matt Cooke scored his sixth goal of the season for Pittsburgh, but the Penguins went 0-for-4 on the power play and squandered a pair of 5-on-3 opportunities.
Boston hasn't lost in regulation since falling in Montreal on Oct. 29, its longest streak of earning at least one point in a game since 1983.
The Penguins are 5-2-1 since Crosby returned from concussion-like symptoms two weeks ago.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, RANGERS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Kessel had two assists to add to his NHL-leading point total, and Toronto snapped the New York Rangers' five-game winning streak.
The Maple Leafs scored twice in less than two minutes to take a 3-0 lead early in the second period, then gave both goals back in another quick burst later in the period. Jonas Gustavsson made 12 saves in the third to preserve the one-goal margin, repeatedly turning New York away on a power play in the final minute before David Steckel scored an empty-net goal with 5 seconds left.
The Rangers had won seven straight at home. Their only two regulation losses at Madison Square Garden this season are to Toronto.
Cody Franson, Tim Connolly and Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Leafs. Gustavsson made 30 saves.
Artem Anisimov and Marian Gaborik netted the Rangers' goals.
PANTHERS 5, CAPITALS 4
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Weiss scored two goals to lead Florida to a win over Washington.
Mike Santorelli, Dmitry Kulikov and Sean Bergenheim also scored for Florida, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 28 shots. Kulikov added two assists, and defenseman Brian Campbell had three.
Mike Knuble, Cody Eakin, Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera had goals for the Capitals. Michal Neuvirth made 25 saves, but struggled in his second start under new Washington coach Dale Hunter.
The Capitals have lost five straight road games and nine of 12 overall.
The Panthers have a seven-point lead over Washington in the Southeast Division.
SENATORS 4, LIGHTNING 2
OTTAWA (AP) — Nick Foligno scored 15:33 into the third period, Zack Smith added two goals, and Ottawa extended Tampa Bay's losing streak to four games.
Daniel Alfredsson scored his sixth goal — the 395th of his NHL career — at 8:58 to tie it at 2 for the Senators. The Ottawa captain also earned an assist when Foligno gave the Senators a 3-2 lead by coming out from behind the net and tucking the puck past goalie Dwayne Roloson
Smith, who scored late in the second to tie it at 1, made it a two-goal lead when he netted his eighth goal at 16:19.
Craig Anderson, who stopped 30 shots, tied a career high with his third assist of the season on Alfredsson's goal.
Martin St. Louis and Bruno Gervais scored for Tampa Bay, which began a four-game trip. Steven Stamkos assisted on both goals. Roloson made 27 saves.
COYOTES 4, BLACKHAWKS 3, SO
CHICAGO (AP) — Radim Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the shootout, and Mike Smith stopped Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa in the tiebreaker to lead Phoenix to a wild victory over Chicago.
Vrbata also scored in regulation for Phoenix, which had lost two games since a 4-1 victory over the Blackhawks last Tuesday. Smith finished with 32 saves.
Ekman-Larsson went first in the tiebreaker and beat Ray Emery into the right side of the net. After Toews failed to stuff the puck in at the left post, Vrbata converted a backhander. Smith then denied Hossa to give the Coyotes the victory.
Raffi Torres and Keith Yandle also scored in regulation for Phoenix, which recovered after blowing a 3-0 lead.
Toews had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks, who had won four of five. Toews has seven goals and six assists in six games. Emery replaced Corey Crawford early in the second period and stopped all 11 shots he faced.