The Associated Press
Mar. 31, 2014
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored twice in the final five minutes, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the injury-riddled Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.
The Blackhawks also lost captain Jonathan Toews to an upper-body injury in the second period. Toews was hit hard by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and was holding his left arm on the bench before heading down the runway.
James Neal and Lee Stempniak also scored for the Penguins, who won their second straight and snapped a three-game home losing streak. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves in his 36th victory of the season.
Orpik drilled Toews in the corner with 6:30 remaining in the second period while the two went for a loose puck.
It's been a rough stretch for injuries for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who will be without star forward Patrick Kane for the rest of the regular season due to a lower-body injury. Bryan Bickell is out with an upper-body injury but is expected to return soon.
Sheldon Brookbank scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost three straight in regulation for the first time since February 2012.
BRUINS 4, FLYERS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored in the second period and also tallied in the shootout, leading Boston to the victory.
The Bruins have won nine straight road games, a single-season club record.
Reilly Smith, the fifth Boston shooter, clinched the victory in the tiebreaker. The Bruins went 15-1-1 in March.
Vincent Lecavalier scored twice for the Flyers, including the tying goal with 25 seconds left in regulation. Lecavalier's first goal was the 400th of his career.
Kimmo Timonen scored for Philadelphia, which has lost three of four to remain in third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Andrej Meszaros and Zdeno Chara also scored for the Bruins.
RED WINGS 3, LIGHTNING 2
DETROIT (AP) — David Legwand had a goal and an assist as Detroit held off Tampa Bay to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist also scored for Detroit, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots.
Valtteri Filppula and Sami Salo scored for Tampa Bay and Ben Bishop made 27 saves.
Legwand assisted on Nyquist's goal that gave Detroit a 2-1 lead with 4:36 remaining in the first. He made it 3-1 on a power-play score with 3:24 left in the second period, tipping in Johan Franzen's shot for his 13th goal.
RANGERS 5, OILERS 0
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Backup Cam Talbot stopped 26 shots for his third career shutout and Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello scored two goals apiece to lead New York to its sixth win in seven games.
Derek Brassard also scored for the Rangers, who moved two points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Rangers tied their franchise record for road wins with 24 this season.
The Oilers have lost four of their last five games. It was the ninth time this season that the Oilers have been shut out.
PREDATORS 4, CAPITALS 3, SO
NASHVILLE (AP) — Craig Smith scored the only goal in the shootout to lead Nashville over Washington.
Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and Shea Weber added another for Nashville, which has won two of three.
Troy Brouwer scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom had the other goal for Washington. The Capitals have lost three straight.
In the tiebreaker, Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton denied all three Washington shooters.
SENATORS 6, FLAMES 3
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris had two goals apiece, leading the Senators to the win.
Jared Cowen gave Ottawa a lift with a tiebreaking goal on a wrist shot 1:12 into the third period, and Clarke MacArthur made it 5-3 with a tip-in at 12:22. Turris then scored his 25th goal into an empty net.
Robin Lehner made 37 saves as the Senators won back-to-back games on home ice for the first time since they won three straight in late December and early January.
Matt Stajan, Paul Byron and Sean Monahan scored for the Flames, and Karri Ramo made 31 saves.