The Associated Press
Jan. 09, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dan Boyle had a goal and an assist, Cam Talbot made 28 saves, and the New York Rangers held off the Los Angeles Kings for a 4-3 victory Thursday night in a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup finals.
Kevin Klein, Lee Stempniak and Martin St. Louis scored in a 5:46 span of the second period for the Rangers, who erased an early two-goal deficit and completed a Southern California sweep with their 12th win in 13 games overall.
Justin Williams scored two goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who returned from a four-day break with an inconsistent defensive effort.
Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots, but his teammates struggled to keep up with the Rangers' speed and precision for parts of Los Angeles' fourth loss in five games.
Tanner Pearson scored in the first period for Los Angeles. Williams got his second goal with 4:03 to play.
BRUINS 3, DEVILS 0
BOSTON (AP) — Milan Lucic scored two goals, and Niklas Svedberg earned his second NHL shutout behind three periods of stifling defense as Boston topped New Jersey.
Svedberg faced only 14 shots. Boston held New Jersey to three in the opening period and four in the second, three coming on a late power play that did nothing to spark the Devils.
David Krejci and Torey Krug assisted on Lucic's power-play goal with 1:10 left in the first, and Carl Soderberg added an unassisted goal 8:31 into the second for the only scoring until Lucic tapped in an empty-netter with 12 seconds remaining.
Patrice Bergeron, who scored the winner Wednesday in Boston's overtime victory at Pittsburgh, and Chris Kelly assisted on the final goal. It was the 700th career game for both.
New Jersey's Cory Schneider made 41 saves.
FLYERS 3, CAPITALS 2, OT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jakub Voracek scored 1:28 into overtime to lift Philadelphia over Washington.
Voracek scored his 16th goal of the season on the power player to give the Flyers their second win of the homestand.
Alex Ovechkin and Karl Alzner scored for the Capitals, who twice blew one-goal leads.
R.J. Umberger and Sean Courturier also scored for the Flyers.
Braden Holtby started a Washington goalie-record 17th straight game and played in his 23rd straight overall.
Philadelphia's Steve Mason, who left Wednesday's practice early due to soreness, stopped 26 shots.
HURRICANES 5, SABRES 2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Skinner scored one of Carolina's four goals in the second period, and the Hurricanes sent Buffalo to its sixth straight loss.
Jiri Tlusty had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have won three of four. Carolina, last in the Eastern Conference, moved within one point of Buffalo.
Tlusty, Eric Staal and Victor Rask scored in a 69-second span late in the second period. Riley Nash added a goal in the third period.
Philip Varone scored both Buffalo goals in his second game this season.
Cam Ward made 18 saves for Carolina, which has gone 10 games without allowing a power-play goal. Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth stopped 26 shots.
BLUES 7, SHARKS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis scored the final four goals to turn a one-goal lead into a rout of San Jose.
Alexander Steen, Jay Bouwmeester, Paul Stastny, Jori Lehtera, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and David Backes all scored for the Blues, who have 20 goals in three games. Jaden Schwartz added three assists, and Brian Elliott made 25 saves.
The Blues beat the Sharks 7-2 on Saturday in San Jose and then defeated the Coyotes 6-0 on Tuesday in Arizona. St. Louis opened a seven-game homestand after playing 16 of 23 on the road.
The Sharks got goals from Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson.
St. Louis struck first with a power-play goal from Steen, his 11th of the season and third in four games, and a goal from Bouwmeester.
PREDATORS 3, STARS 2, OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Shea Weber scored his second goal of the game 17 seconds into overtime, and Nashville beat Dallas.
The Predators also tied Anaheim for the most points in the NHL while improving to 16-2-1 at home. Miikka Salomaki scored in his NHL debut. Roman Josi had two assists.
Jason Spezza and Trevor Daley scored for Dallas, which was 4-1-1 in its previous six games.
The Predators have won the first three games against their Central Division rivals this season.
WILD 4, BLACKHAWKS 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bryan Bickell scored twice in the third period, Corey Crawford made a season-high 42 saves, and Chicago held on to beat heavy-hearted Minnesota.
Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, which has won four of six.
Jason Zucker and Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota, which has lost nine of 11.
The Wild played its second straight game without left wing Zach Parise. His father, former Minnesota North Stars player J.P. Parise, died Wednesday night.
A moment of silence was held before the game and Wild players wore "11" decals on their helmets.
With Darcy Kuemper out at least a week with a lower-body injury, Niklas Backstrom got the start for Minnesota and made 15 saves.
COYOTES 4, JETS 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mikkel Boedker had two goals and an assist, Shane Doan added a goal and two assists, and Arizona rebounded from an ugly home loss to beat Winnipeg.
The Coyotes, beaten by St. Louis 6-0 on Tuesday, scored their first three goals on power plays, two in the game's first 3:18.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson had Arizona's other goal. Mathieu Perreault scored for Winnipeg.
Mike Smith, in goal for the game against the Blues, had 34 saves for Arizona, Ondrej Pavelec stopped 26 shots for the Jets.
The three power-play goals — in five attempts — matched the Coyotes' season high. The Jets were 0-for-7 on power plays.
AVALANCHE 5, SENATORS 2
DENVER (AP) — Jarome Iginla scored twice and Colorado beat Ottawa.
Semyon Varlamov followed up his 54-save shutout at Chicago with 36 saves for the Avalanche, who have won four of five. Erik Johnson, Brad Stuart and Daniel Briere also had goals for Colorado.
Iginla got the Avalanche on the board first with his 11th goal of the season. It was Iginla's 572nd career goal, moving him within one of Mike Bossy for 20th on the NHL career list.
The Senators have lost three in a row.
Stuart gave Colorado a 2-0 lead with his first goal in 65 games, dating to Dec. 3, 2013, when he was playing with San Jose.
The Senators cut the lead to 2-1 on Mark Stone's 10th goal at 3:03 of the second. It was the first goal allowed by Varlamov in 84:04 of playing time. Bobby Ryan's 12th goal made it 4-2 just 42 seconds after Iginla's second tally.
PANTHERS 3, CANUCKS 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and an assist, and Roberto Luongo stopped 32 shots in his return to Vancouver as Florida beat the Canucks.
Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida, and Luongo earned his 389th NHL victory — tying Dominik Hasek for 11th place on the career list.
It was also Luongo's first against the Canucks, giving him a victory against all 30 NHL teams. He was named the game's first star and then handed his stick over the boards to a young fan in a Vancouver jersey.
Daniel Sedin had the only goal for the Canucks, who got 27 saves from Ryan Miller.
Luongo played eight seasons in Vancouver and won at least 30 games six times — and 40 twice — before being traded back to Florida last March.