Sunday's NHL Capsules
Monday, February 27, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored three goals and set up another to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
Mathieu Garon made 19 saves and set up St. Louis' first goal as the Lightning snapped a two-game losing streak less than 24 hours after being blown out 8-1 by the Penguins.
Teddy Purcell added three assists for Tampa Bay, which has gone 11-5-2 in its last 18 in making a playoff push.
Alexei Ponikarovsky, Petr Sykora and Zach Parise scored for the Devils, who dropped their second straight game after going 9-1-1 since the All-Star break. The setback spoiled the debut of defenseman Marek Zidlicky, acquired from Minnesota on Friday.
DUCKS 3, BLACKHAWKS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Teemu Selanne scored a power-play goal and had an assist to move into 20th place on the NHL's career scoring list, and Anaheim beat slumping Chicago.
Jonas Hiller made 18 saves in his 21st consecutive start for the Ducks, who won for the ninth time in 12 games during their improbable playoff push. Andrew Cogliano scored his first goal of February for the Ducks, and Sheldon Brookbank also scored as Anaheim avoided a four-game season sweep by Chicago.
Patrick Kane ended the Blackhawks' monthlong 0-for-39 power-play drought with a first-period goal, and Ray Emery stopped 35 shots against his former Anaheim teammates in Chicago's third consecutive loss.
The Blackhawks have lost 12 of 16 overall, yet still sit comfortably in sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
WILD 4, SHARKS 3
ST. PAUL (AP) — Jed Ortmeyer's first goal of the season gave the Minnesota Wild the lead with 4:13 left in a 4-3 victory on Sunday, sending the San Jose Sharks home with a tough loss to finish 2-6-1 on a season-long nine-game road trip.
The Sharks played more than half of the night without coach Todd McLellan, who was inadvertently hit in the head with a stick during a play in front of the bench early in the second period. After staying down for a bit, McLellan walked gingerly to the locker room.
That scary scene came seconds after Nick Schultz's first goal of the season — a slap shot four seconds into a Wild power play — tied the game at 2.
PENGUINS 4, BLUE JACKETS 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored his 37th goal of the season, Brad Thiessen made 21 saves in his NHL debut and Pittsburgh beat Columbus.
Pascal Dupuis, Kris Letang and Joe Vitale also scored for Pittsburgh, which woke up from a slow start to win for the ninth time in their last 10 home games. Steve Sullivan added a pair of assists as the Penguins completed a weekend sweep of Tampa Bay and Columbus with ease.
Thiessen played well while giving Marc-Andre Fleury a rare day off.
Rick Nash scored a short-handed goal in perhaps his final game with Columbus before the trade deadline. Vinny Prospal also score for the Blue Jackets.
STARS 3, CANUCKS 2, OT
DALLAS (AP) — Loui Eriksson scored at 3:52 of overtime to give Dallas its fourth consecutive victory.
Steve Ott carried the puck deep in the Vancouver end and passed to Trevor Daley at the left circle. Eriksson skated to the net and fired Daley's goal-mouth pass by Roberto Luongo.
Mike Ribeiro scored the tying goal for Dallas with 52.5 seconds left in regulation.
Michael Ryder netted a power-play goal for the Stars, who hadn't won four in a row since Oct. 29 to Nov. 8.
Ryan Kesler scored in the opening minute of the second period for the Canucks, and Mason Raymond added a goal. Vancouver has an NHL-best 87 points and was 12-1-3 in their previous 16 games.
PANTHERS 4, CANADIENS 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Weiss scored two goals and Florida improved to 3-0 against Montreal this season.
Sean Bergenheim and Brian Campbell also scored for Florida and Scott Clemmensen made 18 saves. Weiss and Bergenheim each had assists and Mikael Samuelsson had a pair of assists.
David Desharnais and P.K. Subban scored goals for Montreal. Peter Budaj stopped 28 shots. The Canadiens have lost six of their past seven games and four straight.
SENATORS 5, ISLANDERS 2
OTTAWA (AP) — Robin Lehner, making his first start since being recalled from the minor to replace the injured Craig Anderson, made 28 saves for Ottawa.
Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza, Jim O'Brien, Chris Neil, and Kyle Turris scored for the Senators.
Lehner was making his first start since being recalled from Binghamton on an emergency basis after Anderson cut his hand last Thursday while preparing food at home.
John Tavares and P.A. Parenteau scored for the Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves.