Friday's NHL Capsules
Saturday, December 17, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Zach Parise had a goal and three assists on the night the Devils retired former captain Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27 and led New Jersey to a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday.
David Clarkson, rookie Adam Henrique, Ilya Kovalchuk, Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias also scored as the Devils won their third straight and snapped the Stars’ and rookie goaltender Richard Bachman’s three-game winning streak.
Johan Hedberg finished with 33 saves for the Devils.
Michael Ryder, Brendan Morrow and Toby Petersen scored for the Pacific Division-leading Stars, who went 3-2 on a road trip that covered 6.500 miles.
BLACKHAWKS 4, DUCKS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Ray Emery stopped 24 shots, and Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa each had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which beat Anaheim for its fourth straight win.
Jamal Mayers and Dave Bolland also scored for Chicago, which moved into a first-place tie with Minnesota in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks, 6-0-1 in their last seven, and the Wild both have 44 points.
Emery lost a bid for his first shutout in nearly two years when Teemu Selanne scored with 1:47 left in the third period.
Emery, who has taken over for struggling No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford, started and won for the fourth straight game. He has played in six straight, including five starts.
SABRES 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Thomas Vanek had two goals and two assists, and Tyler Ennis added a goal and assist to help lift Buffalo over Toronto.
Drew Stafford and Andrej Sekera also scored, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves for the Sabres (16-12-3), who won for the third time in six games.
Down by a goal midway through the second period, Buffalo scored three straight times — including two power-play goals — to take a 4-2 lead. Toronto committed five penalties in the second, and over the final 7:03 of the period the teams played 5-on-5 for just 6 seconds.
Nikolai Kulemin scored on a penalty shot in the third period, and Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul, and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for Toronto (16-12-3), which has dropped three of four (1-2-1).
James Reimer made 24 saves in his fourth straight start for the Maple Leafs, who had their three-game winning streak against Buffalo snapped.
SENATORS 6, PENGUINS 4
OTTAWA (AP) — Jason Spezza had two goals and two assists, and Jared Cowen also had four points to lead Ottawa past Pittsburgh.
Daniel Alfredsson scored his 398th NHL goal and added two assists, and Erik Karlsson also had three points.
Colin Greening scored 25 seconds into the second, and Zenon Konopka netted Ottawa’s fifth goal of the period with 5.7 seconds left, increasing the Senators’ lead to 5-3 just 4 seconds into a power play.
Karlsson recorded his 100th point with his third assist of the period on Konopka’s goal.
Pittsburgh’s Steve Sullivan had a goal and two assists as the teams combined for eight goals in the middle period after a scoreless first. Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin scored power-play goals 1:07 apart to draw the Penguins even at 3.
Chris Kunitz scored with 1:02 left in the third.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby missed his fourth straight game because of a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms. The Penguins are 1-3 since he was sidelined again.
PANTHERS 3, FLAMES 2, SO
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sean Bergenheim’s scored Florida’s two goals in regulation, and Stephen Weiss connected for the shootout winner against Calgary.
Jose Theodore stopped 24 shots for the Panthers, whose last 11 home games have been decided by one goal.
Olli Jokinen and Rene Bourque scored for Calgary, and Leland Irving made 39 saves in his NHL debut, but the Flames dropped their third straight game.
Dmitry Kulikov also scored in the shootout for Florida, and Alex Tanguay scored for the Flames.