Wednesday's NHL Capsules
Thursday, February 17, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jarret Stoll had the only goal in the shootout, leading Los Angeles past the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Wednesday night and extending the Kings’ point streak to 10 games.
The Kings’ 8-0-2 spurt is their best run in 31 years. Los Angeles can match the franchise record when it plays the eighth of a 10-game road trip at the New York Rangers on Thursday.
Los Angeles also has points in eight straight road games (6-0-2) for its top surge since 1984.
The Blue Jackets forced overtime on Kris Russell’s goal with 1:23 left in regulation.
Andrei Loktionov had a goal and an assist, and Justin Williams and Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick had 21 saves through overtime and stopped all three shots in the shootout.
Rick Nash and Jake Voracek each had a goal and an assist, and Derek MacKenzie had two assists for Columbus, which had won five of six. Mathieu Garon had 26 saves.
Capitals 7, Ducks 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Alexander Semin completed his seventh career hat trick by scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in the final minutes, and Washington dramatically rallied to snap its three-game skid with a victory over Anaheim.
Semin tied it with 8:23 to play and put the Capitals ahead with 1:47 left, ending the supremely streaky scorer’s 17-game goal drought. The Russian scored 18 goals with three hat tricks in the Capitals’ first 25 games, but hadn’t scored since Nov. 28 while missing 15 games with injuries.
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry had a goal and three assists apiece for the Ducks, whose four-game winning streak ended.
Flyers 4, Panthers 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Richards and Andreas Nodl scored 65 seconds apart in the first period and Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia held on to beat Florida.
James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Flyers, who improved their NHL-best road record to 19-6-3. Danny Briere had an empty-net goal and two assists.
Philadelphia rookie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 32 shots, including breakaways by David Booth and Mike Santorelli.
Rostislav Olesz and Booth scored for the Panthers, who had won six of eight (6-1-1) at home against Philadelphia. Florida, which beat San Jose 3-2 on Sunday, hasn’t won consecutive games since a three-game streak from Jan. 11-15
Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves.
Devils 3, Hurricanes 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 20th goal of the season and sixth in seven games and New Jersey took another step in its unlikely playoff push by beating Carolina.
Brian Rolston and Patrik Elias blew the game open with goals early in the third period as the Devils won for the 13th time in 16 games and moved within 12 points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Johan Hedberg made 25 saves for New Jersey, which was 27 points below the postseason cutoff line heading into its game against Tampa Bay on Jan. 9. The Devils are 13th in the East.
Sergei Samsonov scored for eighth-place Carolina, which opened and closed its five-game road trip (1-3-1) with losses at New Jersey. Tuomo Ruutu scored with 2.8 seconds to play to make it 3-2.
Penguins 3, Avalanche 2, OT
DENVER (AP) — Tyler Kennedy scored a power-play goal 4:10 into overtime and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots as Pittsburgh sent Colorado to its ninth straight loss.
Joe Vitale and Jordan Staal added goals for the injury-plagued Penguins, who snapped a two-game skid.
Chris Stewart and Cameron Gaunce scored for the Avalanche, who are in the midst of their longest skid since moving to Denver for the 1995-96 season.
Maple Leafs 2, Sabres 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Joey Crabb’s short-handed goal midway through the third period snapped Toronto’s seven-game losing streak at Buffalo.
Phil Kessel also scored for Toronto, which hadn’t won in Buffalo since Dec. 12, 2008. The Maple Leafs have beaten their Northeast Division rival only twice in 15 meetings.
James Reimer allowed a goal on 15 shots to earn the victory in place of starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who spent the final two periods on the bench after sustaining an undisclosed lower body injury.
Paul Gaustad scored for the Sabres, 13-5-2 in their past 20 games.
Crabb’s first goal of the season and fifth in his NHL career gave Toronto a 2-0 lead with 11:31 left.
Blackhawks 3, Wild 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Troy Brouwer’s perfectly placed centering pass went off a Minnesota defenseman for the tiebreaking goal in the third period, helping Corey Crawford and Chicago win without ailing coach Joel Quenneville.
Quenneville was admitted to a hospital with an undisclosed illness after he started feeling discomfort at home late Tuesday.
Assistant Mike Haviland was in charge with Quenneville away, and the Blackhawks responded with a much-needed victory in their first home game since a 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Jan. 25.
Crawford made 33 saves, and Brian Campbell also scored for Chicago, which had lost six of eight, including its previous two games in shootouts. Jake Dowell added an empty-net goal with 59 seconds left, and Marian Hossa had two assists.
Jose Theodore kept the Wild in the game with 34 saves.
Flames 4, Stars 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The unlikely duo of Cory Sarich and Steve Staios scored just over two minutes apart in the third period and sent surging Calgary past Dallas.
Sarich, a defenseman, gave Calgary the lead at 2:35 with his third goal of the season, a snap shot into the top corner from just inside the blue line. Then, with the Flames short handed, Staios fired a long slap shot past Kari Lehtonen for his second goal.
Olli Jokinen and Tom Kostopolous also scored for Calgary, which has used a 10-1-2 run to move into eighth place in the Western Conference — one point ahead of Los Angeles.
The Flames are 6-0-2 in their last eight home games and have four remaining on a five-game homestand.
Mike Ribeiro and Jamie Langenbrunner scored for Dallas, which played without leading scorer Brad Richards for the second game.