Sunday's NHL Capsules
Monday, February 21, 2011
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Rene Bourque scored two goals, Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 39 shots and the Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 Sunday in the Heritage Classic outdoors game at McMahon Stadium.
Anton Babchuk had a short-handed goal and Alex Tanguay also scored for the Flames, who became just the second home team in the NHL’s six outdoors games to get a win. Kiprusoff got his fourth shutout of the season.
The win moved the Flames past four teams into a tie with Nashville for fifth place in the Western Conference, as 10 points separate third place and 12th. Calgary has earned at least a point in 18 of its last 20 games.
Carey Price finished with 33 saves for Montreal, which dropped to 1-2-2 in its last five games.
The temperature was about 16 degrees at the start of the game, with winds of 16 miles per hour making it feel like less than 2 degrees.
Blackhawks 3, Penguins 2, SO
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored the only goal in the shootout to lift Chicago.
Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell scored in regulatioin for the Blackhawks in their third straight game without coach Joel Quenneville, who is recovering from gastrointestinal bleeding caused by an ulcer.
Matt Cooke had a short-handed score for Pittsburgh and Brett Sterling fired in a rebound from the edge of the crease with 3:18 left in the third period to tie it at 2-all.
Kane connected in the third round of the shootout after Pittsburgh’s Marc Andre-Fleury stopped Jonathan Toews and Sharp. Chicago’s Corey Crawford blocked shots by Kris Letang and Tyler Kennedy after Pascal Dupuis hit the post on the Penguins’ first attempt.
Red Wings 2, Wild 1, SO
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Todd Bertuzzi scored the clinching goal in the shootout to lift Detroit to its fifth straight win.
After Pavel Datsyuk flipped a first-round shot over Niklas Backstrom’s stick, Howard denied Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Matt Cullen to set up Bertuzzi’s winner.
Wild goalie Jimmy Howard, who finished with 25 saves, has given up only one shootout goal in 14 attempts this season.
Minnesota’s Martin Havlat answered Niklas Lidstrom’s goal early in the third period by scoring on a breakaway to tie the game. Backstrom, who gave up only eight goals in his six previous starts this month, made 38 saves to keep the Wild competitive.
Flyers 4, Rangers 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Claude Giroux and Daniel Carcillo scored second-period goals and Philadelphia shook off an early deficit.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead for the first time in eight games when Wojtek Wolski scored with 7:21 left in the first period, but Jeff Carter got the Flyers even later in the frame. Carter and Giroux had a goal and assist each, and Kris Versteeg added an empty-netter in the third period.
Despite outplaying Philadelphia in the first, the Rangers had only a tie to show for it. The tide turned in the second.
Brian Boucher finished with 37 saves — 14 in the third period. He had a rough few minutes early in the period, first when he was injured and then when Derek Stepan got the Rangers within 3-2 at 5:28.
Capitals 2, Sabres 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Marcus Johansson tipped in Mathieu Perreault’s shot midway through the third period to lift slumping Washington past Buffalo.
Perreault finished with a goal and assist in helping the Capitals win for only the second time in their past six games. Alex Ovechkin had an assist on the decisive goal, giving him his first point in his past five trips to Buffalo, dating to a two-goal outing on March 5, 2008.
Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres, who dropped their third straight and are winless in their past four home games (0-3-1). In the midst of a six-game homestand, Buffalo squandered yet another opportunity to inch closer to playoff contention. The Sabres (27-25-6) remain in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings, four points behind Carolina.
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