The Associated Press
Mar. 07, 2015
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored in a two-minute span of the third period as the Minnesota Wild won their fifth game in a row, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Friday night.
Charlie Coyle also scored for Minnesota, which won its sixth consecutive road game. Jason Pominville had two assists.
Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves for the Wild, continuing the team's strong stretch since the All-Star break. Minnesota is 16-2-1 since the layoff.
Riley Nash broke a scoring slump by producing the tying goal in the second period for the Hurricanes. Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin made 16 saves.
Senators 3, Sabres 2
OTTAWA (AP) — Mika Zibanejad and Mark Stone scored third-period goals. Zibanejad scored 1:34 into the third period to tie the game 2-2 after he took a pass from Bobby Ryan and beat Anders Lindback in the Buffalo net. Stone put the Senators ahead for the first time less than two minutes later, scoring on a rebound after Marc Methot was stopped by Lindback on a wraparound attempt.
Eric Karlsson also scored for the Senators as they won for the seventh time in their past eight games, all started by rookie Andrew Hammond, who improved to 7-0-1 to start his NHL career.
Hammond made 24 saves and helped Ottawa pull within three points of Boston for the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. Hammond became just the second goaltender in the past 76 years to allow two or fewer goals in his first eight career NHL starts.
Phil Varone and Tyler Ennis found the net for the Sabres and Lindback stopped 34 shots. Buffalo has lost three straight games and has the NHL's worst record.
Blue Jackets 3, Devils 2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist in returning to the lineup from a concussion, and the injury-riddled Blue Jackets snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Recently acquired defenseman Justin Falk got his first points of the season with a goal and an assist. Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves as Columbus beat the Devils for the first time in three meetings this season.
Marko Dano also scored on a night the Blue Jackets set a single-season team record for total man-games lost to injury with 413, two more than the old mark.
Jordin Tootoo and Peter Harrold scored for New Jersey, which remains eight points behind Boston for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Flames 5, Red Wings 2
DETROIT (AP) — Jiri Hudler scored twice against his former team. Sean Monahan, Matt Stajan and Mason Raymond also scored for the Flames, who rallied in convincing fashion after Detroit's Justin Abdelkader scored the game's first two goals.
Calgary moved into a tie for second with Vancouver in the Pacific Division, where four teams are scrambling for spots in the postseason behind first-place Anaheim. The Flames have one game remaining on a seven-game road trip — they've won four of the first six.
Detroit's three-game winning streak was snapped, although the Red Wings outshot the Flames 35-24. Calgary's Jonas Hiller made 33 saves, blanking Detroit after Abdelkader's two early goals.
Blackhawks 2, Oilers 1, SO
CHICAGO (AP) — Newcomer Antoine Vermette scored the lone goal of the shootout in the third round.
Vermette, acquired on Saturday from Phoenix, missed on several chances in regulation, but beat Ben Scrivens on a backhander in the tiebreaker.
Chicago's Corey Crawford made 46 saves through overtime, then stopped all three Oilers in the shootout. The Blackhawks improved to 3-1 without injured leading scorer Patrick Kane.
Chicago's Brent Seabrook scored on a screened drive from the blue line — and on the Blackhawks' 33rd shot — to tie the game with 7:02 left in the third period, spoiling Scrivens' shutout bid and setting up overtime.
Edmonton's Derek Roy scored in the first period on a broken play and Scrivens finished with 38 saves through overtime.
Penguins 5, Ducks 2.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored twice in the second period, and the Penguins also got goals from Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Blake Comeau.
Thomas Greiss made 27 saves, improving his record to 8-3-3 and helping the Penguins win for the fifth time in six games. They lost 3-1 at Columbus in the opener of a four-game road trip.
Crosby scored into an empty net with 10.3 seconds remaining. The Penguins are 6-0 when he and Malkin both have goals.
Tomas Fleischmann and Corey Perry scored third-period goals for the Ducks, who had won seven of their previous eight games. Frederik Andersen stopped 16 shots in his first career start against Pittsburgh, and his second start after missing three weeks because of a neck injury.