Saturday's NHL Capsules
Sunday, October 30, 2011
TORONTO (AP) — Phil Kessel scored his league-leading 10th goal midway through the third period to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Mikhail Grabovski, Tim Connolly and Clarke MacArthur also scored for the Maple Leafs (7-2-1).
Matt Cooke, Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin scored for the weary Penguins (8-3-2), who were playing for the 13th time in 26 days.
Kessel and Pittsburgh’s James Neal entered the evening tied for the NHL lead in goals. Kessel edged ahead shortly after the Penguins erased their third one-goal deficit of the game and Pittsburgh goalie Jonas Gustavsson made sure it stood up by stacking his pads on a great opportunity by Neal with less than 5 minutes to play.
Lightning 1, Jets 0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves in his 29th career shutout and Vincent Lecavalier scored a power-play goal late in the second period for the Lightning.
Tampa Bay has won 12 consecutive games against the Atlanta-Winnipeg franchise. The last victory in the series for the relocated Jets came on Oct. 3, 2009, when Atlanta beat Tampa Bay 6-3.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 26 shots for the Jets, who were coming off a 9-8 win Thursday at Philadelphia.
Lecavalier scored with 39.2 seconds left in the second. His tough-angle shot from below the right circle beat Pavelec.
Roloson improved to 10-0-0 in 14 games against the Atlanta-Winnipeg club.
Senators 5, Rangers 4, SO
NEW YORK (AP) — Milan Michalek capped Ottawa’s three-goal comeback in the third period and then netted the only goal in the shootout as the Senators stormed back to beat the Rangers and stretch their winning streak to five.
Jason Spezza started the rally from a 4-1 hole by scoring twice, and Michalek tied it with Ottawa’s third goal in a 7:52 span when he put in his seventh with 2:50 remaining.
That wiped out a big day by Rangers top forwards Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, who were split up as linemates but produced three points each — with Richards scoring twice.
Craig Anderson, who made 24 saves through overtime, turned aside Erik Christensen, Richards, and Wojtek Wolski in the shootout.
Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves but couldn’t secure New York’s fourth win in six games.
Panthers 3, Sabres 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Garrison’s goal snapped a third-period tie and lifted Florida over the Sabres.
Marcel Goc and Tomas Fleischmann also scored, and Jose Theodore made 24 saves for the Panthers (6-4-0), who won for the third time in their past four games.
Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville scored, and Ryan Miller finished with 33 saves for the Sabres (6-4-0).
Tomas Kopecky added three assists, while Garrison also had an assist.
Garrison’s winner came with 1:43 left when he ripped a one-timer past Miller from the high slot on a pass from Brian Campbell.
Flyers 5, Hurricanes 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and Ilya Bryzgalov rebounded strong in net from a string of bad games to lead the Flyers.
Bryzgalov needed an outing like this one to restore the confidence he said was shot after an 0-4-1 stretch with a 4.62 goals against average.
Pittsburgh’s Jussi Jokinen scored in the second period after Bryzgalov was knocked down.
Max Talbot, Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux also scored against Brian Boucher for Philadelphia.
Canadiens 4, Bruins 2
MONTREAL (AP) — Brian Gionta and David Desharnais scored power-play goals and Carey Price made 26 saves as the Canadiens extended their winning streak to three with a win over Boston.
Lars Eller and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal. The Canadiens improved to 4-5-2 after winning only one of their first eight games.
Tyler Seguin scored with 54.4 seconds remaining to draw the Bruins within one. Milan Lucic also scored for the reigning Stanley Cup champions, who lost their third in a row. Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots in his third start.
Sharks 3, Islanders 2, OT
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 1:07 into overtime to give surging San Jose a victory over the Islanders.
Burns slammed a one-timer from the top of the right circle past Rick DiPietro after a disputed delay-of-game penalty on New York defenseman Travis Hamonic.
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, and Thomas Greiss made 35 saves. San Jose has won the first five games of its six-game road trip.
John Tavares and Michael Grabner scored for the Islanders, who have lost five in a row.
DiPietro made 27 saves in his first start since a 7-4 loss in Philadelphia on April 4.
Wild 1, Red Wings 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Josh Harding made 36 saves and Dany Heatley scored to lift the Wild to a 1-0 victory over the slumping Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Jimmy Howard made 19 saves for the Red Wings, who have lost four games in a row after a 5-0 start.
Heatley’s goal was his third of the season for the Wild, who overcame a 36-20 deficit in shots thanks to Harding’s steady play in net.
Niklas Backstrom’s backup has made only two starts for the Wild this season. Both of them have come at home, and Harding has stopped 74 of the 77 shots he’s faced. He had 38 saves in a 3-2 loss to Detroit two weeks ago.
Predators 3, Ducks 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 20 saves for the Predators in his 100th career win.
Rinne set a franchise record with 22 shutouts, two this season.
Patric Hornqvist, Martin Erat and Shea Weber scored for Nashville in the first meeting between the two teams since the Predators beat the Ducks in the opening round of the playoffs last season.
Hornqvist wasted little time putting the Predators on the board, scoring 14 seconds into the game.
Stars 3, Devils 1
DALLAS (AP) — Vernon Fiddler scored the go-ahead goal on a fortunate bounce with 8:26 remaining to send the Stars to a victory over New Jersey.
With the score tied 1-1, Fiddler sent a shot toward the net from the left of the goal that banked off the skate of Devils defenseman Mark Fayne and past goalie Johan Hedberg for Fiddler’s second goal of the season.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots and Loui Eriksson and Sheldon Souray also scored for the Stars, who’d won their first four at home before a 5-3 loss to Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Petr Sykora scored for the Devils, who closed a 1-3 trip.
Hedberg, the Stars’ backup in the 2005-06 season, made 21 saves in his sixth straight start while Martin Brodeur is on injured reserve with a bruised right shoulder.
Blackhawks 5, Blue Jackets 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Viktor Stalberg scored his first two goals of the season just 1:58 apart early in the third period to snap a tie, and the Blackhawks beat the struggling Blue Jackets.
Stalberg put Chicago ahead 3-2 at 4:26 of the third during a 4-on-4. He scored again at 6:24 to make it 4-2.
Chicago rookie Marcus Kruger scored his first NHL goal, and Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik also connected for the Blackhawks (6-2-2).
Vinny Prospal and Derek MacKenzie scored for the injury-plagued Blue Jackets (1-9-1), who have the NHL’s worst record and are off to the poorest start in franchise history.
Chicago’s Ray Emery made 27 saves in his second start this season.
Allen York blocked 33 shots in his first NHL start.
Coyotes 3, Kings 2, OT
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Daymond Langkow scored with 43.7 seconds left in overtime to give Phoenix a victory over Los Angeles.
Langkow’s shot from in front of the net bounced off the stick of Kings defenseman Jack Johnson and past goalie Jonathan Quick to give Phoenix its third victory in four games.
Radim Vrbata scored twice for the Coyotes, both on assists from Martin Hanzal. Vrbata also had an assist. Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings, who had won five of six.
Mike Smith made 36 saves for the Coyotes. Quick had 30.
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