Sunday's NHL Capsules
Monday, February 20, 2012
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings won their 23rd straight home game, breaking the NHL overall record with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.
Detroit, which broke the single-season record of 20 on Tuesday night, surpassed the 22 wins in a row the Boston Bruins had over two seasons more than eight decades ago.
Henrik Zetterberg and Drew Miller gave Detroit a two-goal lead midway through the second period and Darren Helm restored the two-goal edge 7:01 into the third. Logan Couture scored late in the second period for the Sharks and Patrick Marleau pulled them within a goal with 4:44 left.
The Red Wings won their sixth straight game, all in a homestand, and have an NHL-high 84 points.
Detroit's Joey MacDonald, filling in for the injured Jimmy Howard, made 31 saves.
The Pacific Division-leading Sharks have lost six of eight.
DUCKS 2, PANTHERS 0
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Teemu Selanne scored in the first period and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for his third shutout of the season in Anaheim's victory over Florida.
The 41-year-old Selanne is the oldest player to score 20 goals in the NHL since Johnny Bucyk did it for Boston in 1976-77. Selanne moved past Brendan Shanahan into sole possession of 12th place on the career goals list with 657. Selanne has 17 20-goal seasons, tying the Finn for fifth on the career list.
Niklas Hagman added an empty-net goal. The Ducks have earned at least a point in nine straight games.
RANGERS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2, OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Stepan scored 22 seconds into overtime to lift New York past Columbus.
Columbus captain Rick Nash, the subject of trade rumors — including those involving the Rangers — got the Blue Jackets even at 2 with 1:33 left in regulation.
Artem Anisimov snapped a 1-1 tie in the second period for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who got back to their winning ways following a 4-2 loss at home to Chicago on Thursday might. New York (38-14-5) has won five of six and nine of 12 (9-2-1), and leads second-place Boston by nine points.
Brad Richards gave the Rangers a first-period lead, and Derick Brassard tied it in the second.
The Blue Jackets, who lost 6-1 at home to Chicago on Saturday, are last in the NHL with 41 points. Columbus had alternated wins and losses the previous six games.
CANUCKS 5, OILERS 2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Daniel and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist and Vancouver beat Edmonton to run its winning streak to four and points string to 13.
Sami Salo, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Higgins also scored for Vancouver. The Canucks are 10-0-3 during their points streak to improve to 38-15-6. They are two points behind Detroit for the NHL lead.
Shawn Horcoff and Magnus Paajarvi scored for Edmonton. The Oilers have lost three in row and five of their last six to drop to 22-30-6.
SABRES 6, PENGUINS 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Derek Roy scored twice and added an assist to help Buffalo snap a four-game skid.
Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Miller made 24 saves, including stopping Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin on breakaway attempts in the second period.
Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis also scored for Buffalo, and the Sabres moved out of a tie with Carolina for last place in the Eastern Conference.
Deryk Engelland and Jordan Staal scored for Pittsburgh.
WILD 2, BRUINS 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Niklas Backstrom made a career-high 48 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Matt Cullen and Chad Rau scored in Minnesota's victory over Boston.
The Wild won for only the second time in February — their previous victory came Feb. 2 at Colorado. Minnesota went winless in its next seven games, scoring only nine goals during that span.
Tim Thomas made 27 saves for Boston. The Bruins have lost six of 10.
JETS 5, AVALANCHE 1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Bryan Little scored twice and Winnipeg beat Colorado to move into a tie with Toronto for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Ondrej Pavelec made 31 saves to help the Jets, playing the second game in an eight-game homestand, increase their winning streak to three and close within a point of Southeast Division-leading Florida.
Evander Kane had a goal and an assist, Kyle Wellwood and Andrew Ladd also scored and Blake Wheeler had four assists. Gabriel Landeskog scored for Colorado.
BLACKHAWKS 3, BLUES 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Dave Bolland scored the go-ahead goal in the third period when his centering attempt hit in off St. Louis' forward David Backes' stick, and Chicago beat the Blues for its third straight victory.
Corey Crawford made 29 saves, Duncan Keith tied it in the third and Marian Hossa had an empty-net goal.
The Blackhawks returned to the United Center after going 2-7 on a trip, and Chicago's three straight wins have come on the heels of a nine-game losing streak.
Andy McDonald scored in the first for the Blues.
DEVILS 3, CANADIENS 1
MONTREAL (AP) — Zach Parise, David Clarkson and Matt Taormina scored and Martin Brodeur made 21 saves to help New Jersey beat Montreal.
The Devils improved to 34-20-4 with their third straight victory and jumped past division rivals Pittsburgh and Philadelphia into fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal. The Canadiens have lost eight straight against New Jersey at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens last beat the Devils in Montreal on March 11, 2008.
PREDATORS 3, STARS 2
DALLAS (AP) — Shea Weber scored on a power play with less than a second remaining in the first period, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots, and Nashville beat Dallas.
Nashville improved to 6-19-1 in franchise history in Dallas.
Weber put the Predators ahead to stay 2-1 with his 12th goal of the season, popping a loose puck into an open net with 0.2 seconds left in the first. Gabriel Bourque and Colin Wilson added even-strength goals for Nashville, 3-3-2 in its last eight after a five-game winning streak.
Michael Ryder and Alex Goligoski scored for the Stars.