Wednesday's NHL Capsules
Thursday, March 24, 2011
DETROIT (AP) — Daniel Sedin scored twice and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
The Western Conference-leading Canucks have won eight of nine and have built a 10-point lead over second-place Detroit with eight games left in the regular season. The Red Wings, who sit atop the Central Division, are in an 0-2-1 slump and are 4-4-3 this month.
Sedin, the NHL scoring leader with 95 points, has at least one in nine straight games.
Jiri Hudler’s power-play goal off a rebound with 8:22 left pulled the Red Wings within a goal.
Howard made 31 saves.
Blackhawks 4, Panthers 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Crawford made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane had a goal and assist each to lead Chicago over Florida.
Viktor Stalberg and Tomas Kopecky also scored for Chicago, which got two assists each from Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith. Crawford, who made his 18th straight start, had to block only a few tough chances to post his fifth NHL shutout.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 27 shots, but the Panthers were shut out for the second straight night. Florida opened a season-high, five-game road trip with a 1-0 loss at New York to the Rangers on Tuesday.
The Blackhawks played their first game without leading goal-scorer Patrick Sharp, who is expected to be sidelined at least two weeks with an injured left knee. Stephen Weiss, who leads the Panthers with 49 points, sat out his second game with an injured leg.
Ducks 4, Stars 3, OT
DALLAS (AP) — Teemu Selanne scored the tying goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation and Cam Fowler netted the winner 1:42 into overtime to give Anaheim a stirring comeback victory over Dallas.
Anaheim appeared headed toward a loss before Selanne and Fowler stepped up and stretched the Ducks’ winning streak to four.
Fowler took a pass from Bobby Ryan on a 2-on-1 break and beat goalie Kari Lehtonen to push the eighth-place Ducks one point ahead of Dallas in the West. Selanne made that possible when he popped a loose puck into an open net at 19:53 of the third period for his 629th NHL goal.
Defenseman Trevor Daley had put the Stars in front 3-2 with 6:39 left in regulation.
Sharks 6, Flames 3
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Marleau and Torrey Mitchell each scored twice and San Jose closed in on second place in the Western Conference by beating sliding Calgary.
Andrew Desjardins added his first career goal, and Logan Couture also scored for the Pacific Division-leading Sharks, who have won four straight following a three-game skid to move one point behind Detroit for second in the conference. San Jose also increased its division lead over Phoenix to three points with a game at hand.
The Sharks dealt another blow to the Flames’ playoff hopes. Calgary got goals from Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and Cory Sarich, but lost for the sixth time in seven games.
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