Tuesday's NHL Capsules
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cooke scored his team-leading third goal of the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins raced past the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Pascal Dupuis, James Neal and Richard Park also had goals for the Penguins, who are off to their best start in 17 seasons despite playing without captain Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Crosby remains sidelined while he recovers from concussion-like symptoms, but Pittsburgh hasn’t needed him during the season’s first week, improving to 3-0-1. Malkin missed his second straight game because of what Penguins coach Dan Bylsma called “soreness.”
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots for the Penguins, who never trailed in their home opener.
Marcel Goc and Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Panthers, who failed to start the season with consecutive victories for the first time since 2005. Pittsburgh beat Florida for the fifth straight time.
Florida’s Jose Theodore, who had trouble giving up rebounds, finished with 25 saves but lost to the Penguins for the fifth time in 26 career starts.
Senators 4, Wild 3, SO
OTTAWA (AP) — Daniel Alfredsson scored Ottawa’s third straight shootout goal and the Senators rallied to beat Minnesota in the home opener of their 20th season.
Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza also scored in the tiebreaker against Niklas Backstrom, who made 41 saves for Minnesota. Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots and denied Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu’s backhand in the shootout before Matt Cullen scored on the Wild’s second attempt.
Colin Greening drew Ottawa even at 3 with a power-play goal 8:22 into the third period.
Kyle Brodziak and Devin Setoguchi gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead in the first and Nick Johnson restored the Wild’s two-goal margin 1:56 into the third.
Nick Foligno netted Ottawa’s first goal in the second period before Chris Neil drew the Senators within one for the second time in the game.