Thursday's NHL Capsules

The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Feb 10, 2011
The Hockey News

Thursday's NHL Capsules

The Canadian Press
By: The Canadian Press
Feb 10, 2011

TORONTO - Ilya Kovalchuk scored at 4:36 of overtime and Devils coach Jacques Lemaire became eighth coach in NHL history to reach 600 wins in New Jersey's 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Dainius Zubrus also scored for New Jersey (21-30-4), which improved to 11-1-2 in its past 14 games.

Nikolai Kulemin scored for the Maple Leafs (23-26-6), who moved to within seven points of Carolina for the final playoff spot in the East. The Hurricanes lost 2-1 to Philadelphia on Thursday.

The Maple Leafs wasted an excellent performance by James Reimer, who finished with 37 saves.

Kovalchuk's winner came at the end of a nice solo rush.

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Jordan Staal scored at 4:41 of overtime, leading Pittsburgh to the victory.

It appeared a shootout was on the way before Staal ripped a shot past Jonathan Quick for his fourth goal, giving the Penguins a needed burst of good news in a tumultuous week.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby stopped by the morning skate and said there is no timetable for his return from a concussion. The Penguins have been gutted by injuries and played four callups plucked from the minors Thursday morning.

Brett Sterling, one of those callups, scored his first goal for the Penguins.

Jarret Stoll scored for the Kings.

Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma became the third coach in team history to win 100 games. His .657 winning percentage entering the game was already tops in team history.

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Jeff Carter and Danny Briere each scored a power-play goal for Philadelphia and Brian Boucher stopped 31 shots.

The Flyers took advantage of Carolina's weak penalty-killing unit while improving to 13-3 in 2011. The Hurricanes were 23rd in the league against the power play entering Thursday's games, 25th on the road.

Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu was called for slashing late in the second period and Philadelphia made the most of the man advantage early in the third. Carter took a pass from Mike Richards and fired a wrist shot off Cam Ward's glove to make it 1-0.

Briere scored his team-best 27th goal at 11:27.

Ruutu scored for Carolina, and Ward made 23 saves.

MONTREAL (AP)—Kyle Okposo scored on the Islanders' fourth shootout attempt and Mikko Koskinen got his first NHL win.

Koskinen, who lost his first career start Tuesday in Toronto, turned aside Montreal's first four shots in the tiebreaker after stopping 37 shots during the game.

The Islanders failed to convert their first three attempts before Okposo shot past Alex Auld to hand the Canadiens their third straight loss.

Michael Grabner had two goals and John Tavares also scored for New York.

Max Pacioretty, Benoit Pouliot and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal. Auld made 30 saves in his eighth start.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Tyler Myers scored at 4:55 in overtime, lifting Buffalo to the victory.

Myers' slapshot from well above the right circle went over Tomas Vokoun's left shoulder and into the net for his seventh goal of the season.

Mike Weber and Thomas Vanek also scored for the Sabres, who lost their two previous games against the Panthers this season. Ryan Miller made 24 saves.

Steve Bernier and Marty Reasoner scored for Florida, which has lost five straight home games. Vokoun stopped 24 shots.

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Thursday's NHL Capsules