The Associated Press
Feb. 25, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Kassian broke a 1-1 tie with a goal early in the third period and Eddie Lack preserved the lead with 13 of his 40 saves in the final period for the Vancouver Canucks in a 2-1 win over the struggling Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin both picked up assists on the tiebreaking goal 6:47 into the third as the Canucks beat the Bruins for the second time this month.
Ryan Stanton had Vancouver's other goal, beating Tuukka Rask on a slap shot 3:28 into the game to tie it 1-1 and end a very brief lead for the Bruins.
Daniel Paille scored 1:05 into the game for Boston's only goal despite getting 41 shots. The Bruins are 1-6-2 in their past nine, including a 5-2 loss at Vancouver on Feb. 13.
Rask finished with 26 saves.
Rangers 1, Flames 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hayes broke a scoreless tie 3:00 into the third period and Cam Talbot made 21 saves.
Derick Brassard forced a turnover by defenseman Dennis Wideman in the Calgary zone and made a pass from the left circle to the right circle to Hayes, who snapped in his 12th goal in his first game since cutting his long hair.
It was Hayes' fifth goal in eight games.
Talbot earned his fourth shutout this season and seventh in his NHL career. He improved to 7-1-2 in place of injured No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and helped New York win for the 10th time in 13 games (10-1-2).
The Rangers did it without leading scorer Rick Nash (neck spasms), who missed his first game of the season. New York didn't yield a power play.
Islanders 5, Coyotes 1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Martin and Johnny Boychuk scored less than a minute apart early in the third to break a tie.
Martin's eighth goal of the season snapped a 1-1 tie before Boychuk added his seventh at 4:15. The win kept the Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division.
Kael Mouillierat — his first goal in the NHL — and Brock Nelson also scored in the third as the Coyotes lost for the seventh straight time. Mouillierat's goal came at 7:16 while Nelson's was at 9:10. Colin McDonald assisted on both.
Backup Chad Johnson made 27 saves. It was Johnson's fourth start in 11 games. He improved to 8-7-1 on the season.
Sabres 4, Blue Jackets 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zemgus Girgensons had a goal and an assist before leaving with a leg injury. Cody Hodgson, Mark Pysyk and Chris Stewart also scored for the offense-starved Sabres, who had gotten just one goal in five of their previous six games. They hadn't had as many as four goals in their last 13 games.
Michal Neuvirth had 45 saves, stymieing the Blue Jackets on their final 28 shots.
The Sabres, with the worst record in the NHL, had lost six of seven (1-4-2).
Matt Calvert and Kevin Connauton scored for the Blue Jackets. Rookie goalie Anton Forsberg remained winless at 0-4-0 while making 27 saves.
Hurricanes 4, Flyers 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist in the 500th NHL game for Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.
Ward, who earned the Conn Smythe Trophy when Carolina won the Stanley Cup in 2006, made 23 saves.
Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal and Jay McClement also scored for Carolina. Alexander Semin added two assists.
Nicklas Grossmann scored in the first period for the Flyers, who lost in regulation for just the second time in their past 14 games (8-2-4).
Flyers goalie Rob Zepp stopped 31 shots.
The Flyers (63 points) are four points behind the Boston Bruins for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Canadiens 5, Blues 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher had two goals apiece and Carey Price set a franchise record with his ninth straight road win.
Montreal held onto the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
David Backes and T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues, who wrapped up a 1-3 homestand. St. Louis is among the Western Conference leaders with 78 points, but has surrendered the first goal in eight consecutive home games.
Price made 27 saves and topped the record he'd shared with Rogie Vachon (1968-69). He has allowed more than two goals just once in his last 15 games.
The Canadiens have won nine of 10 on the road overall and have 83 points, staying a point ahead of the Islanders for first in the East.
Predators 5, Avalanche 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Calle Jarnkrok, Craig Smith, Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg scored to help Nashville.
Pekka Rinne made 18 saves in his NHL-best 35th win, and the Predators padded their lead atop the NHL standings with 89 points. Nashville also clinched the season series with its Central Division rival at 3-1 with a game remaining.
Nathan MacKinnon and John Mitchell scored for Colorado, which had won two in a row.
Semyon Varlamov started his 17th straight game, but the Avalanche goalie didn't finish. He was replaced by Reto Berra after giving up four goals on 29 shots.
Oilers 2, Wild 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Benoit Pouliot scored twice, Ben Scrivens made 33 saves and the Oilers snapped the Wild's three-game winning streak.
Edmonton won for just the fourth time in its last 24 games at Minnesota and handed the Wild their second loss in regulation since the All-Star break.
Pouliot, drafted fourth overall by Minnesota in 2005, beat goalie Devan Dubnyk twice in the first period and has scored in five straight games.
Thomas Vanek scored his 13th goal to make it 1-1 at 15:14 of the first, but Pouliot gave Edmonton the lead again 32 seconds later.
Jets 4, Stars 2
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Adam Lowry put in his own rebound to break a second-period tie. Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Michael Frolik, with an empty-netter, also scored for Winnipeg. Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves for Winnipeg and has points in his last six starts (4-0-2).
Erik Cole and Jason Demers supplied the offense for Dallas, winless in its past four games and slipping out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
Jhonas Enroth stopped 21 shots for Dallas. He got the start after giving up six third-period goals in the Stars' 6-2 loss to Minnesota last Sunday.
Blackhawks 3, Panthers 2, SO
CHICAGO (AP) — The Blackhawks lost Patrick Kane to an injury in the first period and then blew a two-goal lead before escaping.
Jonathan Toews scored in regulation and the tiebreaker, helping Chicago stop a three-game losing streak. Kris Versteeg scored his 13th goal in the second period, and Scott Darling made 34 saves through overtime.
Toews went first in the shootout and beat Roberto Luongo with a backhander. After Darling stopped Vincent Trocheck, Patrick Sharp scored into the right side and Nick Bjugstad was unsuccessful on Florida's final chance to stay in the game.
Trocheck and Jussi Jokinen scored in the third period for Florida, which has lost three in a row and six of eight.
Kings 1, Red Wings 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Quick posted his fourth shutout of the season, Justin Williams scored a power-play goal early, and the surging Kings got their eighth straight victory.
The defending Stanley Cup champions handed the Red Wings their third shutout loss of the season. Quick, who has allowed just five goals in the last five games, increased his club-record shutout total to 35 with 20 saves. He was 1-7-1 with a 3.44 goals-against average in his previous nine games against Detroit.
The shutout was the 200th for the franchise during the regular season. Quick, the Kings' all-time leader in regular-season victories with 201, is one away from tying the longest winning streak of his eight-year career.
Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots in his fourth start of the season and first since losing 4-3 in overtime at the New York Rangers on Nov. 5.