Tuesday's NHL Capsules
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Johan Franzen added his team-leading 14th goal for Detroit and Danny Cleary provided some insurance with a pair of late goals as the Red Wings won their third straight.
It was Detroit’s first victory in Pittsburgh in three seasons. The teams have turned into heated rivals, splitting a pair of thrilling Stanley Cup finals in 2008 and 2009.
Evgeni Malkin scored his 11th goal of the season for Pittsburgh, but the Penguins went 0 for 4 on the power play and couldn’t connect on their few quality chances.
The Penguins played without captain Sidney Crosby, who missed his third straight game and 23rd overall this season following a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms. Pittsburgh is 1-2-0 during Crosby’s current absence, with both losses to members of the league’s elite.
BRUINS 3, KINGS 0
BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand scored twice and Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of the season, leading Boston over Los Angeles in the Kings’ first game under interim coach John Stevens.
Rask, the backup for Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas, made 41 saves to extend his shutout streak to 95 minutes, 10 seconds. Rich Peverley also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who won for the 16th time in 19 games.
Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for the Kings, who lost their fifth consecutive game. Los Angeles fired Terry Murray on Monday and replaced him with his assistant.
The Bruins were without defenseman Zdeno Chara, who injured his left knee Saturday at Columbus.
FLYERS 5, CAPITALS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Hartnell extended his goal-scoring streak to six games, Marc-Andre Bourdon got his first NHL goal and Philadelphia beat Washington for its sixth straight victory.
Philadelphia, which owns the best record in the Eastern Conference, built a 4-0 lead in the second period and coasted to the finish. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 shots, the lone flaw in his performance a tap-in by Jeff Halpern with 6:01 left.
The Flyers were without the NHL’s leading scorer, Claude Giroux, who is out indefinitely with a concussion. The right wing accumulated 16 goals and 23 assists in Philadelphia’s first 28 games.
Washington had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 3-4 under coach Dale Hunter. The Capitals were 7-0-3 in their previous 10 games against Philadelphia, including a 5-2 win on Oct. 20.
JETS 2, WILD 1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Bryan Little scored with 5 minutes remaining and Winnipeg snapped Minnesota’s seven-game winning streak.
Zach Bogosian also scored and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 34 shots to help the Jets win for the eighth time in their last nine at home.
Guillaume Latendresse scored for the Wild and Niklas Backstrom had 25 saves. Minnesota, which leads the NHL with 43 points, had won seven straight on the road — the best streak in the league this season.
Little’s 11th goal came just after a Wild penalty expired and extended his points streak to six games.
STARS 1, RANGERS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Daley broke up a scoreless game with 4:59 left, Richard Bachman made 34 saves to win his second straight start and Dallas beat the New York Rangers.
Daley finished off a give-and-go with Mike Ribeiro in the closing minutes. That was enough to give Bachman the win in his second career start. He also beat Los Angeles 2-1 on Sunday at the start of Dallas’ five-game trip that spans both coasts.
Henrik Lundqvist was the hard-luck loser despite making 27 saves and shaking off a second-period injury. The Rangers lost for the third time in 10 games (7-2-1).
It was a disappointing finish for Brad Richards, who played his first game against the Stars since he signed a nine-year, $60 million deal with the Rangers in July.
SENATORS 3, SABRES 2, OT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jared Cowen scored 45 seconds into overtime, giving Ottawa a victory over Buffalo.
Cowen pinched into the slot and redirected a pass from Erik Karlsson in the right corner.
Milan Michalek and Peter Regin also scored for the Senators, who trailed 2-1 in the first period. Michalek, who leads the NHL with 19 goals, left with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the second after colliding with Karlsson.
Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots.
Ryan Miller made a season-high 41 saves for the Sabres, who are 2-5-3 in their last 10 home games. Paul Szczechura and Tyler Ennis scored for Buffalo, which had won six in a row against Ottawa.
MAPLE LEAFS 2, HURRICANES 1, OT
TORONTO (AP) — Tim Connolly scored his second goal of the game at 44 seconds of overtime to lift Toronto over Carolina.
The Maple Leafs center went to the crease and had an empty net to shoot at when Joffrey Lupul’s shot dribbled past Cam Ward, who made 36 saves.
James Reimer finished with 17 saves for the Maple Leafs. It was his first victory since returning to the lineup following six weeks of concussion-like symptoms.
Alex Ponikarovsky scored for the Hurricanes.
BLUE JACKETS 2, CANUCKS 1, SO
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — James Wisniewski had the last of Columbus’ three shootout goals and Steve Mason made several big stops in his first game after a 27-day benching to lead the Blue Jackets over Vancouver.
Mason shut out the Canucks for two periods and finished with 30 saves. He stopped one of the two shooters he faced in the shootout while Mark Letestu, Rick Nash and Wisniewski all found the net against Roberto Luongo.
Jeff Carter had the Blue Jackets’ power-play goal in the first period off assists from Wisniewski and Letestu.
Maxim Lapierre scored for the Canucks, who had won four in a row, nine of 10 and their last five on the road.
Columbus, with the worst record in the NHL, had lost five of seven.
DEVILS 3, PANTHERS 2, SO
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout for New Jersey and Martin Brodeur stopped both Florida attempts.
Elias and Zach Parise had the New Jersey goals in regulation. Brodeur made 24 saves to help the Devils rally from a two-goal deficit for their fourth win in five games.
Kris Versteeg scored twice for Florida, which dropped its third straight. Jose Theodore stopped 32 shots.
Parise tied it 2-all at 7:40 of the third period.
CANADIENS 5, ISLANDERS 3
MONTREAL (AP) — Petteri Nokelainen scored with 6:15 remaining and Montreal recovered to beat New York after giving up a two-goal lead in the third period.
Nokelainen drove a slap shot past Al Montoya from the right point for the tiebreaking goal moments after the Canadiens squandered a 3-1 advantage. Hal Gill added an empty-netter in the final minute for his first goal of the season.
Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead in the first period. Erik Cole extended the margin to two goals 31 seconds into the third when he scored on a power play.
Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who won for the fifth time in 13 home games to end a four-game skid at the Bell Centre (0-1-3).
Matt Moulson scored in the first period for the Islanders and they tied it in the third on goals by Josh Bailey and John Tavares.
PREDATORS 2, FLAMES 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Colin Wilson scored a power-play goal at 3:31 of the third period to give Nashville a victory over Calgary.
The Predators won their third straight, while the Flames’ three-game winning streak ended. Nashville’s victory ended a stretch of six straight home losses to Calgary since Jan. 15, 2008.
Matt Halischuk also scored for Nashville. Curtis Glencross had Calgary’s goal.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 43 saves for Calgary. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne had 35 saves.
AVALANCHE 4, SHARKS 3, SO
DENVER (AP) — Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves, Gabriel Landeskog scored the decisive goal in a shootout and Colorado beat San Jose.
Matt Duchene, Stefan Elliott and Daniel Winnik had regulation goals for the Avalanche. Milan Hejduk also scored in the shootout.
Antti Niemi made 30 saves, Dan Boyle had a goal and an assist and Jamie McGinn and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks. San Jose is 2-5-2 in its last nine games.
Hejduk scored on the first attempt of the shootout and Joe Pavelski tied it in the third round. Landeskog beat Niemi in the fifth round before Varlamov stopped Brad Winchester to end it.
San Jose tied it 3-all with 22 seconds left in the third period. With Niemi off for an extra skater, Marleau chipped in a pass from Logan Couture to send the game to overtime.