Sunday's NHL Capsules
Monday, March 5, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Wellwood scored less than a minute after Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout to give his players an earful, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 34 saves, leading the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.
Bryzgalov earned his third shutout of the season, and the 26th of his career, even though the Flyers were missing two defensemen who sat out with injuries: Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, a two-time league MVP, played fewer minutes than most of Washington's other forwards and was held without a goal for the seventh time in his last 10 games. Washington has lost two games in a row — both at home, both shutouts — following a three-game winning streak.
Buoyed by a raucous group of Flyers fans in the stands, Philadelphia moved within two points of the Pittsburgh Penguins for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Washington, meanwhile, remained stuck in ninth in the East, one spot out of the playoff picture.
BLACKHAWKS 2, RED WINGS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Kane broke a tie late in the second period in Chicago's victory over Detroit.
Ray Emery made 23 saves to help Chicago solidify its hold on the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Niklas Kronwall scored for Detroit, 27-4-2 at home. Jimmy Howard made four saves before leaving after the first period because of a lower-body injury. Joey MacDonald stopped 12 shots in the final two periods.
Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl also left early in the first period because of an upper-body injury. Detroit already was without captain Nicklas Lidstrom, center Pavel Datsyuk and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.
Lidstrom missed his third game because of a deep bone bruise in his right ankle and is expected to sit out at least one more game. Datsyuk is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, and Ericsson has a broken left wrist.
Kane scored with 1:19 left in the second period. He made a move and backhanded a shot past MacDonald from the front of the net for his 16th goal.
RANGERS 4, BRUINS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik scored in the third period, and New York held on to beat Boston for the fifth straight time.
Gaborik gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead 3:14 into the third with his 32nd goal, but David Krejci tied it for Boston at 11:42. The Bruins barely had time to celebrate before Stepan ripped a drive from the left circle that sailed goalie Tim Thomas and under the crossbar 39 seconds later.
The Rangers opened a 12-point lead over the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins in the Eastern Conference playoff race. New York's closest pursuer is Atlantic Division-rival Pittsburgh, which is 10 points behind.
Anton Stralman and Carl Hagelin also scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves. New York is 9-2-2 in its last 13 games. Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron added goals for Boston.
ISLANDERS 1, DEVILS 0
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Anders Nilsson made 24 saves to become the first Islanders goalie to have a shutout in his first NHL victory, leading New York past New Jersey.
The 21-year-old Nilsson was called up from Bridgeport on Feb. 29. He was selected the AHL goalie of the month for February after going 6-0-1. The 6-foot-5 Swede made his first NHL start Nov. 21, losing 5-0 at Pittsburgh. He also played the last two periods in a 6-0 home loss against Boston on Nov. 19.
Kyle Okposo scored early in the second period.
STARS 3, FLAMES 2, SO
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Loui Eriksson had a short-handed goal and added an assist in regulation, then scored in a shootout in Dallas' victory over Calgary.
Jamie Benn scored on Dallas' first attempt in the shootout, and Eriksson connected on the second.
Michael Ryder added a power-play goal, and Kari Lehtonen made 36 saves and assisted on Eriksson's goal. The Stars have climbed to seventh in the Western Conference, going 6-0-1 in their last seven games.
Curtis Glencross and Jarome Iginla scored for Calgary.
PANTHERS 4, SENATORS 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Marcel Goc, Krystofer Barch and Mikael Samuelsson scored second-period goals and Florida rallied to beat Ottawa for the first time in 10 games.
Jack Skille added a goal with 1:26 left, Jose Theodore made 23 saves, and Mike Weaver had two assists to help the Panthers beat the Senators for the first time since a 3-0 victory in Ottawa in January 2010.
Jared Cowen and Chris Neil scored in the first period for Ottawa, and Robin Lehner stopped 24 shots.
The Panthers took the lead on Samuelsson's power-play goal with 8:57 left in the second. Stephen Weiss passed from below the left circle to Samuelsson in front and he wristed the puck past Lehner.
Goc and Barch scored in a 2:21 span early in the second to tie it.
AVALANCHE 2, WILD 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jamie McGinn got his first career two-goal game just 8:25 into the night, giving Colorado all the scoring it needed to beat Minnesota.
Semyon Varmalov made 30 saves for his fourth shutout of the season.
Peter Mueller and Stefan Elliott assisted in that order on both goals, spoiling rookie Matt Hackett's first start in the Wild net at home after five scattered appearances. Hackett made 33 saves, with regular Niklas Backstrom out another two to four weeks with a strained groin muscle and backup Josh Harding resting after giving up six goals the previous game at Detroit and getting pulled in the third period.