Tuesday's NHL Capsules
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen scored power-play goals and the Philadelphia Flyers headed into the All-Star break leading the NHL in wins after a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
The Flyers’ 10-2-0 record in January has catapulted them to a league-best 33 victories. A year ago, the Flyers clinched a playoff spot in the last game of the season. They’ll return next week with a No. 1 seed in the East in sight.
Dan Carcillo and Danny Briere also scored for the Flyers, who earned their 1,000th home victory. They are the first expansion-era team to reach that milestone.
Sergei Bobrovsky was sensational in net with 29 saves.
David Desharnais and Mathieu Darche scored for Montreal.
Lightning 2, Maple Leafs 0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dwayne Roloson made 26 saves in his third shutout in 10 games this month, Teddy Purcell had a goal and an assist, and Tampa Bay beat Toronto for its fifth straight victory.
Roloson, acquired in a trade with the New York Islanders on New Year’s Day, took a shutout into the third period of a 7-1 win Sunday over Atlanta.
Simon Gagne also scored for the Southeast Division-leading Lightning, who have opened a 12-game homestand with consecutive victories. Purcell has five points in the past two games, including three assists on Sunday.
Toronto All-Star center Phil Kessel had his goal drought reach seven games. The Maple Leafs completed a stretch of five games in seven days with a 1-4-0 record, including losses in the final three contests.
Penguins 1, Islanders 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season and Craig Adams scored in the third period as Pittsburgh edged New York to win again without its superstar duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Fleury’s 18th career shutout was the second this season in which Pittsburgh scored only once. The Penguins have won two consecutive games and five of six — all without Crosby (concussion), and the most recent three without fellow former scoring champion Malkin (knee, sinus infection).
Pittsburgh was held to two goals or fewer for the fifth time in nine games without Crosby, but the Penguins are 5-3-1 without him overall and 2-1 without both him and Malkin.
Kevin Poulin made 30 saves to keep the Islanders — who have lost four of five — in the game. The Penguins have won 10 consecutive home games against New York, not losing since Dec. 21, 2007.
Panthers 4, Rangers 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Defenseman Mike Weaver’s first goal in 42 games, scored off the back of Rangers forward Artem Anisimov, broke a third-period tie and lifted Florida over New York.
Weaver flipped a shot from the right side that hit Anisimov in front and bounded past surprised goalie Henrik Lundqvist with 8:19 remaining. The Panthers’ only shot of the third salvaged a win for Florida, which squandered a two-goal lead earlier in the period.
Anisimov was victimized twice as Rostislav Olesz’s first-period goal also caromed off him and past Lundqvist.
Keaton Ellerby’s first NHL goal snapped a tie in the second period, and Mike Santorelli stretched the lead just more than a minute later to give Florida a seemingly comfortable lead.
But Brandon Prust and Brian Boyle scored 1:51 apart early in the third to get the Rangers even at 3.
Tomas Vokoun, who shut out New York in a 3-0 home win on Jan. 2, was sharp again against the Rangers. He made 32 saves, two days after a muscle pull forced him to sit out Florida’s 5-2 loss at New Jersey that started the Panthers’ six-game road trip.
Ducks 3, Blue Jackets 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist, and All-Star goalie Jonas Hiller made 35 saves for his NHL-leading 25th win as the surging Anaheim Ducks held on to beat Columbus in the last game for both teams before the All-Star break.
Cam Fowler and Jason Blake also scored, and Lubomir Visnovsky and Saku Koivu each added two assists for Anaheim, which has won 10 of 13. The Ducks won consecutive road games for the first time in six weeks.
Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist and Rick Nash also scored for the Blue Jackets, who entered on a five-game point streak but couldn’t come back from a two-goal deficit for a third straight game.
Sabres 3, Senators 2, OT
OTTAWA (AP) — Shaone Morrisonn scored 1:59 into overtime to give Buffalo a victory over Ottawa.
Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots for Buffalo, which has won four of five. The Sabres are on a 9-3-1 run that has moved them within four points of a playoff spot.
Morrisonn beat Brian Elliott for his first goal of the season after Ottawa tied it with 6:04 left in regulation. Paul Byron got his first NHL goal midway through the first and Jochen Hecht scored later in the opening period to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead.
Sergei Gonchar pulled Ottawa even with a power-play goal 13:56 into the third. Chris Kelly scored in the first for Ottawa, which lost its seventh in a row at Scotiabank Place.
The home losing streak is the Senators’ longest at the arena, and the team’s worst home skid in 15 years.
Elliott made 22 saves but has lost 11 in a row (0-7-4).
Wild 4, Blackhawks 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Antti Miettinen scored the go-ahead goal, Niklas Backstrom made 31 saves and Minnesota beat Chicago in the teams’ final game before the All-Star break.
The Wild go into the break on a roll, with four wins in five games after the comeback victory. Chicago lost its second straight after a 5-0-1 stretch.
Miettinen’s goal on a splendid tip-in of Andrew Brunette’s pass broke a 2-all tie with 3:47 left in the second. Pierre-Marc Bouchard made it a two-goal lead in the third.
Chuck Kobasew and Martin Havlat also scored for the Wild, while Patrick Sharp and Troy Brouwer had goals for the Chicago.
Oilers 4, Coyotes 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Dustin Penner scored with 21 seconds left in regulation and Edmonton got a rare power-play goal to beat Phoenix and end a five-game losing streak.
Taylor Hall scored early in the third period, Edmonton’s second goal in 54 power-play chances, and Linus Omark scored 72 seconds later to put the Oilers up 3-2.
Phoenix tied it on Scottie Upshall’s second goal, but Edmonton turned up the offensive pressure, setting up Penner’s winner on a cross from Hall.
Jean-Francois Jacques also scored for the Oilers, who won for the third time in 17 games.
Kyle Turris had a goal and newly selected All-Star Keith Yandle added two assists for Phoenix.