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Canucks win 3-0 at Penguins to top West

December 5, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vancouver again proved itself to be this season’s road warrior by winning 3-0 at Pittsburgh on Thursday to regain a share of the Western Conference lead.

The Canucks won their league-best 11th road game and moved level with Anaheim with a game in hand.

Elsewhere, Nashville regained sole leadership of the Central Division by beating St. Louis, which handed a team debut to veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur, the New York Islanders also went sole top of their division with victory at Ottawa, and Calgary won in overtime against Colorado.

Vancouver’s Brad Richardson scored two goals and added an assist, and goalie Eddie Lack posted his fifth shutout.

The Canucks, in the midst of a season-high, seven-game trip, beat the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the first time in six seasons.

Shawn Matthias scored and added an assist for the Canucks, who hadn’t defeated Pittsburgh anywhere in four years.

Nashville’s Mike Ribeiro scored a goal and had two assists to lead the Predators to a 4-3 win against St. Louis.

Rookie Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist, and Eric Nystrom and Colin Wilson each had a goal as Nashville improved to 11-1-1 at home. The Predators moved two points above the Blues for the Central Division lead.

The 42-year-old Brodeur made 20 saves in his first start for a team other than the New Jersey Devils. The Blues signed the four-time Vezina Trophy winner on Tuesday to cover for the injured Brian Elliott.

New York goalie Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves in his franchise-record 11th straight victory as the Islanders held off Ottawa 2-1.

Halak broke the franchise record for successive wins held by Hall of Fame goalie Billy Smith, set in 1982. Halak has allowed only 14 goals during his streak.

New York has won eight of nine.

Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal for Ottawa, which has lost four straight.

Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who announced his retirement Thursday, took part in the pregame warmup and bid his final farewell to a sold-out crowd.

Calgary’s Sean Monahan scored 1:47 into overtime to give the Flames a 4-3 win against Colorado.

Monahan picked up a rebound in front and lifted it over fallen goalie Semyon Varlamov to give the Flames their fourth straight win, moving within a point of the Western Conference lead.

Dennis Wideman had a pair of goals for the Flames and Curtis Glencross also scored.

Calgary coach Bob Hartley earned his 400th NHL win, and he did it against his former team. Hartley earned 193 wins with Colorado until he was replaced in the 2002-03 campaign.

Matt Duchene, Nick Holden and Alex Tanguay scored for the Avalanche.

Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist during a three-goal second period which contributed to the Lightning’s 5-0 thrashing of Buffalo.

Radko Gudas, Brenden Morrow, Jason Garrison and Brett Connolly had the other goals for the Eastern Conference-leading Lightning, which has five wins and an overtime loss from six games.

Buffalo, which had won six of its previous seven, went 22-1/2 minutes without a shot.

San Jose’s Tyler Kennedy scored two goals — including the winner — on his return from injury, helping the Sharks beat Boston 7-4.

Tommy Wingels and Joe Pavelski also scored twice for the Sharks and Tomas Hertl added a late goal.

Reilly Smith scored twice for the Bruins, with the other goals from Gregory Campbell and Torey Krug.

Detroit’s Kyle Quincey fired in a long slap shot for his first goal of the season, helping the Red Wings beat Dallas 5-2.

Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown had two goals and an assist as the Kings shout out Arizona 4-0.

New Jersey’s Mike Cammalleri and Eric Gelinas scored power-play goals as the Devils won 5-3 at Toronto.

Washington’s Eric Fehr scored with 4:02 remaining to lift the Capitals over Carolina 2-1.

Columbus’ Ryan Johansen scored the winning goal in a shootout to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over Florida.

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