Kunitz powers Penguins over Kings 3-0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves in his 30th NHL shutout, and Chris Kunitz had two goals in a three-point game to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Thursday night.
Kris Letang scored his first goal of the season, and Evgeni Malkin became the fifth player in team history to register 400 assists as the Penguins used their dominant power play and a steady performance from Fleury to hand the defending champion Kings just their second regulation loss.
“Guys are blocking shots and not giving up good scoring chances,” Fleury said. “I think beginning of the season we had a little bit of a rough time but lately it’s been good.”
Pittsburgh went 2 for 6 with the man advantage, including two first-period goals that put the Kings on their heels.
“I know there’s a big deal made about the offensive juggernaut that they are, but there’s only a couple goals difference actually five-on-five coming into the game,” Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said.
Maybe, but it was enough for Pittsburgh to win for the seventh time in nine meetings with the Kings.
Jacob Josefson scored the lone goal in the shootout, and Cory Schneider made it stand up as New Jersey ended its tiebreaker frustration with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Winnipeg, and Brad Marchand had two goals — including the winner 1:20 into overtime — to help Boston earn its third straight road victory by beating Buffalo 3-2.
At Tampa, Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist to help the Lightning to edge Philadelphia 4-3, giving them a seven straight home win over the Flyers.
Scottie Upshall scored 10:56 into the third period and Roberto Luongo made 32 saves as the Panthers rallied to beat Arizona 2-1.
The Blackhawks beat the Senators 5-4 in a shootout at Ottawa, with Marian Hossa scoring a goal and an assist to reach two milestones in the city where he started his NHL career back in 1997.
Patrick Sharp scored the only goal of the shootout. Jonathan Toews scored twice for Chicago (6-3-1), and Kris Versteeg added a goal. Scott Darling turned aside 28 shots for the win.
In other results: the Blues beat the Ducks 2-0, the Wild edged the Sharks 4-3 in a shootout, Nathan MacKinnon scored his first two goals of the season and Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 shots in the Avalanche’s 5-0 win over the Islanders, and the Canucks beat the Canadiens 3-2, with Daniel Sedin scoring a power-play goal 2:45 into overtime off an assist from twin brother Henrik.