The Associated Press
Feb. 08, 2014
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello scored in a shootout, and the New York Rangers beat Pittsburgh 4-3 on Friday night to hand the Penguins a rare loss in the tiebreaker.
Benoit Pouliot scored twice in regulation for the Rangers, who bounced back from a home loss to Edmonton the night before and won for the fifth time in six games. Dan Girardi had the other New York goal.
The Penguins had won all four of their previous shootouts this season and 14 of their past 15 overall. Marc-Andre Fleury, who had not allowed a shootout goal all season, was beaten twice.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the Rangers, running his winning streak to five games.
James Neal tied it for Pittsburgh with 2:56 left in regulation. Olli Maatta and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, who lead second-place New York by 16 points in the Metropolitan Division.
The Penguins lost for only the second time in their last 18 home games, ending a five-game home winning streak against the Rangers that dated to 2012.
COYOTES 2, BLACKHAWKS 0
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Smith stopped 30 shots and Phoenix became the first team to shut out Chicago this season.
Coming off a disappointing loss to Dallas, the Coyotes charged at the Blackhawks following a pregame ceremony honoring the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.
Keith Yandle scored 69 seconds in and had an assist on Radim Vrbata's goal late in the second period. Smith made it stand up with some tough saves late in the third period, closing out his second shutout of the season after rocker Alice Cooper played a three-song set during intermission.
Antoine Vermette extended his career-high point streak to nine games on Yandle's goal in front of a raucous, sold-out crowd.
Chicago struggled offensively without leading scorer Patrick Kane, who left to attend his grandfather's funeral. The Blackhawks allowed two power-play goals and head into the Olympic break off their first shutout since Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against Boston last June.
SHARKS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — John McCarthy scored his first goal since 2010 to help San Jose head into the Olympic break on a winning note after beating Columbus.
Patrick Marleau and Tommy Wingels also scored for the Sharks, who won three of four following a three-game losing streak to reach the break in second place in the Pacific Division. Antti Niemi made 19 saves.
San Jose coach Todd McLellan also broke Darryl Sutter's franchise record by coaching in his 435th game. He already is the franchise leader in wins with 257.
Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets. Sergei Bobrovsky made 44 saves.
HURRICANES 5, PANTHERS 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Riley Nash and Alexander Semin scored 87 seconds apart early in Carolina's rout of Florida.
Brett Bellemore, Jiri Tlusty and Andrej Sekera also scored, and Jeff Skinner had two assists to help the Hurricanes win their seventh in 10 games. Anton Khudobin stopped 34 shots in his 16th straight appearance for Carolina.
Nick Bjugstad scored for Florida, which enters the Olympic break having lost five of six.
Tim Thomas stopped just 10 of the 14 shots he faced. He was pulled early in the second.
The Hurricanes improved to 30-7-4 at PNC Arena against the Panthers, winning both meetings this season.
DEVILS 2, OILERS 1, OT
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Devils defenseman Jon Merrill scored his first NHL goal 2:34 into overtime against Edmonton.
Cory Schneider made 19 saves and Andrei Loktionov scored in regulation as the Devils snapped a two-game skid.
Taylor Hall had the goal for the Oilers, who lost for only the second time in seven games (5-1-1). Ilya Bryzgalov made 22 saves for Edmonton, which was playing its final game before the Olympic break.