Wednesday's NHL Capsules

ATLANTA (AP) — Ondrej Pavelec made 36 saves for his third shutout of the season and Nik Antropov scored the only goal as the Atlanta Thrashers won for only the fifth time in 17 games, blanking Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Pavelec stifled the Capitals with several huge saves, sending the Thrashers into the All-Star break with a good feeling after their toughest stretch of the season. Atlanta, coming off an embarrassing 7-1 rout at Tampa Bay, snapped a three-game losing streak.

Antropov scored at 11:21 of the second period after Washington defenseman Jeff Schultz lost control of a bouncing puck backing into his own zone. Freddy Modin gobbled it up and found Antropov breaking in all alone on Semyon Varlamov. The Atlanta center beat the goalie to the glove side for his ninth goal.

The Thrashers won for the fourth time in six games against their division rival this season, and two of Pavelec’s shutouts have come against Washington. He also blanked the Capitals 5-0 on Nov. 19.

Canucks 2, Predators 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Lee Sweatt scored the winning goal with 7:29 left in his first NHL game, and Vancouver rallied to beat Nashville.

Nashville captain Shea Weber opened the scoring 37 seconds into the third period, but Alexandre Burrows tied it midway through the period. Sweatt, a 25-year-old defenseman who played the last four seasons in Europe, put the Canucks ahead for good a little less than 2 minutes later.

Roberto Luongo finished with 26 saves, including a sprawling left-pad stop on Joel Ward with 26 seconds left and Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne on the bench for an extra attacker.

Vancouver, which has only two regulation losses in its last 25 games, remained five points ahead of Detroit atop the Western Conference and tied Philadelphia for the overall NHL lead with 71 points.

Rinne made 33 saves for the Predators.

Bruins 2, Panthers 1

BOSTON (AP) — All-Star Tim Thomas stopped 34 shots and Boston headed into the break in first place in the Northeast Division.

Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins, winners of seven of their last 10 games.

Bryan Allen scored for Florida, and Tomas Vokoun stopped made 33 saves.

The Panthers pulled Vokoun with 1:08 left and former Bruin Dennis Wideman put a shot on net with 1.4 seconds left, but Thomas saved it with his body.

Kings 3, Sharks 2, SO

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jarret Stoll scored the only shootout goal in the fourth round and Los Angeles headed into the All-Star break with its third straight victory.

Jonathan Quick made 22 saves and stopped all four San Jose tries in the shootout, snapping the Pacific Division rival’s four-game winning streak.

Ryan Smyth scored his 19th goal and Alexei Ponikarovsky tied it early in the third period for the Kings, who played their final home game until Feb. 24. They’ll be on a 10-game road trip while Staples Center is occupied by the Grammys and the NBA’s All-Star weekend.

Ryane Clowe and Devin Setoguchi scored 39 seconds apart late in the second period for the Sharks.

Stars 3, Oilers 1

DALLAS (AP) — Brenden Morrow scored twice and Kari Lehtonen made 34 saves for Dallas to rebound from a poor performance in his previous start.

Adam Burish added a goal and Jamie Langenbrunner had the primary assist on both of Morrow’s goals as the Pacific Division-leading Stars got back on track after dropping consecutive road games to Calgary and Vancouver by a combined 14-5. Lehtonen allowed all the goals in a 7-1 loss to the Canucks on Monday night.

Dustin Penner had a power-play goal for Edmonton, 4-14-3 in its last 21 games.

Red Wings 3, Devils 1

DETROIT (AP) — Valtteri Filppula scored 5:32 into the third period, putting Detroit ahead to stay.

Jimmy Howard made 23 saves, and Darren Helm and Johan Franzen added goals. The Red Wings snapped New Jersey’s four-game winning streak and dealt the Devils their first loss in regulation in eight games.

Brian Rolston scored for New Jersey and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves.

Filppula’s goal snapped a 1-1 tie. New Jersey had a goal disallowed with 2:28 remaining when officials ruled Howard was pushed into the net by an attacking player.

Flames 4, Blues 1

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — David Moss had two power-play goals and added an assist for Calgary.

Flames defenseman Adam Pardy added his first goal of the season — and fourth in 143 career games — and Jarome Iginla had an empty-net goal. The Flames have won four straight.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves, allowing only Philip McRae’s first NHL goal midway through the third period. McRae, the 20-year-old son of former NHL enforcer Basil McRae, was playing his seventh NHL game.

St. Louis has lost four in a row.

Coyotes 5, Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) — Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves and Eric Belanger scored twice for Phoenix.

Keith Yandle had a goal and an assist, Scott Upshall and Kyle Turris also scored and Lee Stempniak had two assists to help the Coyotes run their road winning streak to five games. Phoenix rebounded from a 4-3 home loss to Edmonton on Thursday night.

Matt Duchene and Ryan Stoa scored for Colorado and Craig Anderson made 25 saves in relief of Peter Budaj.

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Eric Staal scored goals in a 1:38 span in the second period and also had an assist to help Carolina beat New York in front of an announced crowd of 4,976 on snowy Long Island.

Zach Boychuk and Brandon Sutter also scored and Cam Ward made 23 saves for Hurricanes. Ninth in the Eastern Conference, Carolina has won three of its last four games.

Michael Grabner and Andrew MacDonald scored for New York.


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