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NHL Capsules

March 15, 2013

TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Dupuis scored two of Pittsburgh’s three goals in the third period as the Penguins stormed back to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday, winning their seventh NHL game in a row.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for Pittsburgh, which defeated the Maple Leafs in a shootout in Toronto five days earlier. Craig Adams sealed this win by scoring into an empty net with 10 seconds left.

Tyler Bozak had the lone goal for Toronto, which has dropped four in a row. Ben Scrivens made 25 saves.

Tied 1-1 in the third, Chris Kunitz fed Dupuis in the slot for a shot that beat Scrivens and found the top corner with 2:10 left in regulation.


BOSTON (AP) — Tuukka Rask made 29 saves and Patrice Bergeron scored two goals to help Boston beat Florida.

Boston won for the 10th time in 13 games. The Bruins haven’t lost consecutive games in regulation since March 2012.

Florida has lost five straight and eight of nine.

Boston scored twice in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Zdeno Chara scored at 3:55, and Bergeron connected for his seventh goal at 14:56.

Shawn Thornton scored at 12:43 of the third period, and Bergeron added an empty-net goal with 58 seconds remaining. Rask improved to 14-2-3 on the season and 6-1 in his career against Florida with a 0.99 goals-against average.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patrick Kane set up Johnny Oduya’s goal late in the second period and then netted the decisive score in the shootout, leading Chicago over Columbus.

Corey Crawford stopped 29 shots to help the Blackhawks end a two-game losing streak after they set an NHL record by getting at least a point in each of their first 24 games.

Jack Johnson scored the tying goal for Columbus 52 seconds after Oduya put Chicago ahead. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 39 saves for the Blue Jackets, who set a franchise record by earning a point in their ninth game in a row (5-0-4).

Columbus has reached overtime in eight of the nine games.


TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for second shutout this season and 54th overall in the NHL as the New York Islanders beat Tampa Bay.

Nabokov made an in-close save on Victor Hedman in the second period, and John Tavares had a power-play goal midway through the frame to help the Islanders improve to 4-1-2 in their last seven games.

Brad Boyes added an empty-net goal in the final minute of play.

Anders Lindback stopped 27 shots for Tampa Bay, which has lost eight of 10. Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier didn’t play and is out indefinitely because of an undisclosed lower body injury.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves as Winnipeg held on to beat the New York Rangers.

Nik Antropov scored the game’s first goal, Antti Miettinen had his first goal of the season, and Andrew Ladd added an empty-netter with 39 seconds left for Winnipeg.

Ryan Callahan was the lone scorer for the Rangers, who have dropped two straight in the middle of a four-game road trip. Hendrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots.

Eighth-place Winnipeg has a two-point lead over the Rangers in the NHL Eastern Conference playoff race, but the Jets have played one more game than New York.


RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Mike Ribeiro scored with 2:16 remaining as Washington rallied to beat Carolina.

Alex Ovechkin and Joey Crabb also scored for the Capitals, who ended a three-game losing streak and moved within eight points of the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes.

Michael Neuvirth made 36 saves to help Washington come back from an early two-goal deficit.

Alexander Semin and Patrick Dwyer scored for the Hurricanes, who had won six of seven and outscored opponents 29-15 during that stretch.

Carolina fell to 11-1 when leading after two periods.


SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Antti Niemi made 34 saves and Logan Couture scored two goals to help San Jose end a four-game losing streak.

Matt Irwin scored on a power play and Brent Burns added another goal for the Sharks, who earned just their third regulation win in 21 games.

The victory was the 207th for coach Todd McLellan, breaking the franchise record set by Ron Wilson.

Dustin Brown scored twice and Dwight King added a goal for Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick was lifted after allowing three goals on 12 shots as the defending Stanley Cup-champion Kings lost consecutive games for the first time in more than a month.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Jake Allen earned his first NHL shutout, and Chris Stewart scored twice and added an assist to lead St. Louis over Phoenix.

Allen stopped all 28 shots he faced to win his fourth straight game. He is 7-1 since being recalled from the minor leagues last month.

St. Louis has back-to-back wins in regulation for the first time since Jan. 24-25. The Blues have won four of five overall.

Alexander Steen celebrated his return to the lineup for St. Louis with a goal and two assists. Steen, who had missed eight games with a shoulder injury, scored his first goal since Feb. 15.

The Coyotes, shut out for the third time this season, had their two-game winning streak broken.


ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Rookie defenseman Jonas Brodin’s first NHL score highlighted a three-goal second period by Minnesota in a victory against Colorado.

Devin Setoguchi and Mikko Koivu also scored in the decisive middle frame. Ryan Suter had a season-high three assists, and Matt Cullen and Zach Parise each had two assists to help the Wild improve to 10-3-1 at home. Koivu added an empty-net goal with 33 seconds remaining.

P.A. Parenteau had two goals and Gabe Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche.


DALLAS (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf scored in the third round of the shootout and Jonas Hiller made 33 saves to lead Anaheim past Dallas.

Andrew Cogliano scored in regulation for Anaheim, which has won five in a row and gone nine games without a regulation loss (7-0-2).

Despite missing star Corey Perry, who was serving the first of a four-game suspension for his hit on Minnesota’s Jason Zucker on Tuesday, Anaheim improved to 9-2-3 on the road.

Bobby Ryan also scored in the shootout, and Hiller denied both Dallas shooters he faced.

Ray Whitney, in his second game back after missing 16 due to a broken foot, scored the only goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen, making his sixth straight start, had 29 saves.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Andrew Ebbett and Jannik Hansen both had a goal and two assists as Vancouver beat Nashville.

Alex Edler, Mason Raymond, Max Lapierre and Henrik Sedin scored on penalty shots and David Booth added an empty netter for the Canucks, who won their second straight. Roberto Luongo finished with 29 saves.

Matt Halischuk, Nick Spaling, Mike Fisher and Gabriel Bourque scored for the Predators, who outshot the Canucks 33-22.

Vancouver led 3-1 after the first period and 5-2 after the second.

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