Tuesday's NHL Capsules
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Dustin Jeffrey scored one of Pittsburgh's three second-period goals and had the only one in a seven-round shootout to lift the injury-depleted Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves through overtime and then stopped all seven attempts against him in the shootout to outduel fellow All-Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who turned aside 23 shots.
Jeffrey scored in the top half of the seventh round, snapping a shot past Lundqvist. Fleury then denied Marian Gaborik to give the Penguins their fifth straight win at Madison Square Garden.
New York's Ryan Callahan, who missed the previous 19 games because of a broken hand, tied it at 3 in the closing seconds of the second period after the Penguins netted three consecutive goals to grab the lead. Brandon Prust and Artem Anisimov had staked the Rangers to the two-goal edge.
Lightning 4, Flyers 0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dwayne Roloson made 38 saves for his fourth shutout this season, Teddy Purcell scored two early first-period goals, and Tampa Bay won the matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two teams.
All four of Roloson's shutouts have come in 11 games since the Lightning obtained the 41-year old from the New York Islanders on New Year's Day.
Steven Stamkos, getting his NHL-leading 39th goal of the season, and Steve Downie also scored for the Lightning, who have a six-game winning streak. Tampa Bay, which has won all three games against the Flyers this season, trails the conference leaders by two points.
Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled after giving up three goals on six shots during the first, and was replaced by Brian Boucher. Philadelphia lost for just the third time in the last 13 games.
Sharks 5, Coyotes 3
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Marleau scored a short-handed goal with 6:05 remaining to cap San Jose's rally from a three-goal deficit.
Joe Pavelski scored in the closing seconds of the second period and opening minutes of the third to start San Jose's comeback and Kyle Wellwood tied it later in the third. Alex Stalock got the win in relief in his NHL debut, making nine saves, including a strong pad stop on a tip by Shane Doan on the power play shortly before Marleau's game-winner.
Keith Yandle scored to extend his point-scoring streak to 10 games for the Coyotes, but lost the puck to Marleau in the offensive zone on the power play.
Marleau then knocked the stick out of Kyle Turris' hands while getting the puck in the middle of the ice and skated in to beat Ilya Bryzgalov on the breakaway.
Canadiens 3, Capitals 2, SO
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brian Gionta scored two second-period goals and scored in a shootout, powering the Canadiens to the win.
Gionta shot high over Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who had sprawled out in the save attempt, on Montreal's first shootout attempt.
Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin both had shots hit the post for the Capitals, who didn't score in the shootout.
Mathieu Perreault had a goal and an assist and Mike Knuble also scored for the Capitals.
Washington led 2-0 after the opening period but Montreal fought back, outshooting Washington in all three regulation periods.
Flames 3, Predators 2, SO
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rene Bourque scored the only goal in a shootout, and Calgary rallied for its fifth straight victory.
The Flames trailed 1-0 heading into the third period, and Matt Stajan and Cory Sarich scored to help Calgary force overtime.
In the shootout, Bourque slipped the puck under Pekka Rinne's leg to start. Alex Tanguay lost the puck, then Rinne stopped Olli Jokinen. But Miikka Kiprusoff stopped Martin Erat and Cody Franson.
David Legwand had a last chance to extend the shootout but couldn't solve Kiprusoff.
Patric Hornqvist had a power-play goal for Nashville. Martin Erat also scored and Sergei Kostitsyn added two assists.
Wild 1, Kings 0, SO
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the winning goal in the shootout and Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves, lifting the Wild to the victory.
Bouchard beat Jonathan Bernier with a nifty little backhand through the five-hole and Backstrom stopped Anze Kopitar, Jack Johnson and Dustin Brown for his first shootout victory in his last nine opportunities.
Bernier made 27 saves for the Kings, who had their three-game winning streak snapped in the first of a 10-game road trip.
Backstrom was rarely challenged during his third shutout of the season, but was superb in the shootout. Bernier earned his first shutout of the season and stopped Marty Havlat to start the shootout before Bouchard beat him.
Canucks 4, Stars 1
DALLAS (AP) — Mikael Samuelsson and Christian Ehrhoff scored power-play goals, helping the Canucks to the road win.
Vancouver also got a short-handed goal from Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows also found the back of the net. Daniel Sedin added two assists.
In the first game back from the All-Star break for both clubs, the Canucks recorded their third straight victory and moved into sole possession of first place overall in the NHL.
It was the third time in the last 33 days that the Canucks dominated the Stars, winning all three games by a combined score of 15-3. During those three, the Vancouver power play has done most of the damage, converting 8 of 15 attempts.
Blackhawks 7, Blue Jackets 4
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jonathan Toews had a short-handed goal and two assists and the Blackhawks started a grueling six-game, 12-day road trip with a victory.
Patrick Kane added a goal and an assist, while Nick Leddy, Duncan Keith, Viktor Stalberg, Dave Bolland and Marian Hossa also scored for Chicago, which plays 20 of its last 32 regular-season games on the road.
Fernando Pisani and Brent Seabrook each had two assists as the Blackhawks overcame a 3-2 second-period deficit by scoring four consecutive goals.
Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, Samuel Pahlsson and Matt Calvert scored for the Blue Jackets.
Devils 2, Senators 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Dainius Zubrus scored on a shot that deflected off an Ottawa defenseman with 5:43 to play, and New Jersey returned from the All-Star break with another victory.
Nick Palmieri also scored and Martin Brodeur had a rather easy game in net with 15 saves as the Devils won for the seventh time in the last nine games (7-1-1).
Alex Kovalev scored for Ottawa, which was limited to a season-low 16 shots on goal. Rookie goaltender Robin Lehner gave the Senators a chance to win, making 31 saves.
Ottawa is 1-9-4 in its last 14 games.
Maple Leafs 4, Panthers 3, SO
TORONTO (AP) — Tyler Bozak and Colby Armstrong scored in a shootout, helping Toronto get the win.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed a goal to David Booth on a nice spin move to open the shootout, then stopped Mike Santorelli and Chris Higgins. He also had 30 saves in the game between Eastern Conference also-rans.
Phil Kessel took an elbowing penalty with 4:15 remaining, and 34 seconds later Florida's Cory Stillman tied it at 3.
Kessel had a breakaway in the final seconds but couldn't beat Scott Clemmensen, extending his goal drought to eight games.
Kris Versteeg, Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs.
Islanders 4, Thrashers 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Okposo scored twice, including a go-ahead goal in New York's big second period, and rookie goaltender Kevin Poulin stopped 25 shots.
Okposo's second-period goal gave the Islanders the lead. P.A. Parenteau scored 1 minute later on the power play as New York took command with three goals in the period. Okposo, who also had an assist, scored again in the third.
The 20-year-old Poulin earned his third career win after he was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Monday. Another New York rookie, Travis Hamonic, tied it at 1 with his first career goal early in the second period.
Freddy Meyer scored in the opening period for Atlanta.
Bruins 3, Hurricanes 2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron scored early in the third period and the Bruins held on for the victory.
Daniel Paille also scored for Boston, giving the Bruins three wins in their four meetings with Carolina this season.
Boston's Tim Thomas made 24 saves and Carolina's Cam Ward stopped 30 shots in a matchup of goalies from the All-Star game.
Jamie McBain and Joe Corvo scored for Carolina. Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen left in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.