NHL Capsules

The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Dec 12, 2010

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, left, and Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury congratulate each other after defeating the Buffalo Sabres in an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. Pittsburgh won 5-2. (AP Photo/Don Heupel) Author: The Hockey News


NHL Capsules

The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Dec 12, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to their 12th straight victory, 5-2 over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Alex Goligoski and Michael Rupp scored 4:34 apart in the third period. Dustin Jeffrey and Arron Asham both scored first-period goals for Pittsburgh, and Matt Cooke scored into an empty net.

Sidney Crosby set up Goligoski's goal to extend his point streak to 18 games—one short of matching a career best.

The Penguins (21-8-2), who own the NHL's best record, matched a franchise record with seven consecutive road wins.

Fleury extended his career-best winning streak to 11 and hasn't given up more than two goals in nine games.

Tyler Ennis and Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres, 3-1-1 in their past five.

VANCOUVER (AP)—Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the game on a power play 34 seconds into overtime and Tampa Bay recovered after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period.

Tampa Bay managed only one third-period shot before getting a power play with 37 seconds left in regulation. Stamkos converted the first shot of overtime for his 24th goal.

Henrik Sedin scored a power-play goal midway through the third, and defenceman Keith Ballard tied the game with 5:47 left as the Canucks came back from two goals down late for the second straight game.

Teddy Purcell, Nate Thompson and Brett Clark also scored, and Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone each added two assists as Tampa Bay won in Vancouver for the first time (1-9-2). Dan Ellis made 23 saves for the Lightning.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist, and Manny Malhotra also scored for the Canucks, who have lost two of three at home.

TORONTO (AP)—Defenceman Tomas Kaberle's first goal in 35 games stood up as the game-winner in Toronto's victory over Montreal.

The Maple Leafs got rare first-period production, scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes for the first time since Nov. 13.

Phil Kessel and Kris Versteeg also scored for the Maple Leafs. Mike Cammalleri had the lone goal for Montreal.

BOSTON (AP)—Mike Richards scored with three seconds left in overtime to lift Philadelphia over Boston.

Brian Boucher stopped 35 shots for the Flyers in their first trip to Boston since coming back from a 3-0 deficit in Game 7 of last season's Eastern Conference semifinals. James van Riemsdyk also scored for Philadelphia, which also trailed that playoff series 3-0.

Nathan Horton scored and Tim Thomas made 32 saves for the Bruins, who haven't lost in regulation in six games.

It was the fifth consecutive game that Thomas has allowed two or fewer goals.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Tomas Holmstrom and Danny Cleary scored on Detroit's first two shots against Martin Brodeur, and the Red Wings handed slumping New Jersey its season-high fifth straight loss.

Chris Osgood had 33 saves in posting his 399th career win. His bid for his first shutout since November 2009 ended in the opening minute of the third period when Patrik Elias scored on a power play.

Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists, and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist as the Red Wings won for the second time in two nights.

The losing streak is the Devils' longest since a six-game slide (0-5-1) late in the 2008-09 season. It also marks the first time New Jersey (8-19-2) has lost five straight in regulation since November 2000, when they dropped six in a row.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Rick Nash scored twice in a late three-minute span of the third period to lead Columbus past the New York Rangers.

Nash, who set the Blue Jackets record by playing in his 544th game with the team, had his fourth multi-goal game of the season. He also assisted on Antoine Vermette's power-play goal.

The Blue Jackets had been 0-6 at home in weekend games, outscored 28-10 in those contests.

Steve Mason stopped 32 shots for Columbus, which had lost six of seven.

Marc Staal had the lone goal for the Rangers, who got 20 saves from Henrik Lundqvist. They came in with the NHL's best road record (11-4).

WASHINGTON (AP)—Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists, Craig Anderson had 40 saves, and Colorado beat Washington to end a miserable homestand for the struggling Capitals.

It was the fifth straight loss for Washington, its longest skid since a five-game slide in November 2007. After losing in Dallas on Dec. 2, the Capitals dropped four successive home games by a combined score of 14-7.

Washington began its longest homestand of the season with a 12-1-1 record at Verizon Center. The Capitals are 4-8 overall since Nov. 17.

Rookie Kevin Shattenkirk contributed a goal and an assist, and Ryan Wilson got his first goal of the season to help the Avalanche earn their third win in nine games.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Bryan Little's short-handed goal with 8:25 left lifted Atlanta over the New York Islanders, who have the NHL's worst record. New York, which led 2-0, dropped to 5-17-5 and has a league-low 15 points.

Defenceman Johnny Oduya had his first two goals of the season, and Alex Burmistrov and Chris Stewart also scored for Atlanta, which got 25 saves from Chris Mason.

Rob Schremp, Matt Martin, Matt Moulson and Blake Comeau had goals, and Rick DiPietro made 31 saves for the Islanders.

Bus loads carrying about 1,100 hockey enthusiasts—who call themselves Nordiques Nation—trekked from Quebec to Long Island to see the Islanders host the Thrashers. The group wants to prove to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that Quebec deserves a new team.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Shane Doan scored twice and Lauri Korpikoski added a short-handed goal early in the third period to help Phoenix beat Dallas.

Keith Yandle had a goal and two assists, and Ray Whitney added a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who won for the second time in three games to move within two points of the Pacific Division-leading Stars.

James Neal and Loui Eriksson scored for the Stars, who have lost three of four.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Anders Lindback made 22 saves in his first NHL shutout, and Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist to carry Nashville past Florida.

Nashville has won five of six and has earned at least one point in seven straight games. Florida's three-game winning streak was snapped.

Lindback, a rookie goalie from Sweden who earned the start over injured No. 1 netminder Pekka Rinne, improved 6-1-2.

Team captain Shea Weber and Joel Ward had the other goals for the Predators.

ST. LOUIS (AP)—Jussi Jokinen scored the lone goal in the shootout and Cam Ward stopped 38 shots to lead Carolina over St. Louis.

Carolina, playing the third game of a five-game road trip, won for only the second time in its last nine road games.

Ward (12-9-3) stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout. Carolina improved to 2-4 in the tiebreaker this season. St. Louis fell to 3-3.

Brandon Sutter gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead in the third period, but defenceman Alex Pietrangelo's power-play goal tied it.

Both teams missed on their first two attempts in the shootout. Ward stopped Alex Steen on the Blues' third try, setting the stage for Jokinen's winning goal.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Ryane Clowe scored his second goal of the game 3:52 into overtime to give San Jose a victory over Chicago.

Clowe one-timed a pass from Marc-Edouard Vlasic to the inside corner past goalie Corey Crawford, whose seven-game winning streak ended.

Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots to beat his former team, the defending Stanley Cup champions, for the second time this season.

Jordan Hendry scored for the Blackhawks, who lost for the second time in seven games since their last meeting in San Jose on Nov. 24.

Crawford made 28 saves, but failed to tie a rookie franchise record for consecutive wins.

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Defenceman Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 2:50 into overtime, and Mikko Koivu and Cal Clutterbuck both had goals after blunders by Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick helped Minnesota to a win.

Jose Theodore made 24 saves and ended the Kings' three-game winning streak. Minnesota has won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 19 after a five-game skid.

Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, Anze Kopitar had two assists, and Quick had 18 saves for Los Angeles.

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