The Associated Press
Feb. 02, 2014
MONTREAL (AP) — Nate Thompson scored twice, including the winner at 4:36 of overtime, to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday afternoon.
Ben Bishop stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Daniel Briere scored for Montreal. Carey Price made 34 saves.
Thompson scored the clincher when Alex Killorn found him all alone in from of Price.
The Lightning have a five-point advantage over the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division.
After the Lightning took a 1-0 lead in the second period, Briere tied it at 7:25 of the third, taking a cross-ice pass from captain Brian Gionta and firing home his ninth of the season over Bishop's shoulder. The goal was Briere's second in as many games.
Thompson was credited with the game's first goal, at 5:58 of the second, after defenseman P.K. Subban put the puck in his own net.
FLYERS 2, KINGS 0
LOS ANGELES (A) — Steve Mason posted his second shutout in three games with 35 saves and Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal, leading Philadelphia over Los Angeles.
It was the 22nd career shutout and third this season for Mason, who stopped 33 shots in a 5-0 win against Detroit last Tuesday after getting pulled by coach Craig Berube in two of his previous three starts. Mason got a break with less than 3½ minutes left, when Justin Williams tried a wraparound and hit the left post.
Claude Giroux added his 17th goal on a power play with 1:58 left, converting a cross-ice pass at the left of the crease from Scott Hartnell while Matt Greene was serving an interference penalty.
AVALANCHE 7, SABRES 1
DENVER (AP) — Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog also had two goals as Colorado beat Buffalo.
Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists and Semyon Varlamov had 27 saves for the Avalanche, who have won three straight.
Varlamov also had his second assist of the season.
The Avalanche were playing their final home game before going on a four-game East Coast road trip ahead of the Olympic break. They have won eight of 10 and are 35-14-5. It's their best start to a season since 2000-01 when they won the Stanley Cup.
Marc-Andre Cliche scored his first NHL goal and Tyson Barrie also scored for the Avalanche.
Matt D'Agostini scored Buffalo.
BRUINS 4, OILERS 0
BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci scored a second-period power-play goal and Chad Johnson made 22 saves for his second career shutout as Boston earned a victory over Edmonton.
Krejci's 12th goal of the season at 2:06 of the second period was enough for the Bruins to win for the sixth time in their past eight games and maintain the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug scored in the third for Boston. Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each had two assists.
Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens was coming off a scintillating performance against San Jose on Wednesday, when he set the NHL regular-season record for saves in a regulation shutout with 59 during the Oilers' 3-0 win over the Sharks.
Scrivens made 37 saves on Saturday.
COYOTES 3, PENGUINS 1
GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) — Zbynek Michalek scored against his former team, his first goal in 83 games, as Phoenix became the first Pacific Division team to beat Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh in regulation this season.
Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist for Phoenix, and Radim Vrbata scored the third goal for the Coyotes. Michalek's previous goal was scored on March 5, 2012, for Pittsburgh against Phoenix.
Evgeni Malkin scored for the Penguins, who entered 8-0-1 against Pacific Division foes.
The Penguins, who had won three straight over the Coyotes, made their first appearance in Arizona in 3 1-2 years.
Mike Smith, back in goal after Phoenix had gone with Thomas Greiss the previous two games, made 23 saves. Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots.
BLUE JACKETS 4, PANTHERS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Linemates Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist in the first period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves to lead Columbus past Florida.
After Brad Boyes cut Florida's deficit to 2-1 early in the second period, Nick Foligno and Mark Letestu scored for the Blue Jackets. Nathan Horton had two assists in the opening 20 minutes.
Down 3-1 going into the third, the Panthers dominated the pace but Bobrovsky made several big stops to maintain the two-goal lead. He improved to 11-2 in his last 13 starts.
Columbus has won the last six meetings with the Panthers, dating to 2007, and is 9-4 in the series.
Tim Thomas had 26 saves for the Panthers, who have lost three straight.
MAPLE LEAFS 6, SENATORS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Phil Kessel scored three goals as Toronto beat Ottawa for its sixth straight win at home.
With 5:59 left, Tyler Bozak fed a pass to Kessel, who scored his 30th goal of the season to complete his hat trick and give Toronto a 4-3 lead.
Kessel is second in the NHL in goals this season. Toronto's (30-21-6) streak is its longest since the Maple Leafs concluded the 2006-07 season with 10 straight home victories. They have won five straight over Ottawa.
Bozak stretched the lead to two goals with 1:33 remaining, one-timing a pass from Kessel past Craig Anderson for his 11th goal. Nazem Kadri added an empty-netter with 28 seconds to go. Joffrey Lupul also scored for Toronto.
Chris Neil scored two goals, and Colin Greening added one for Ottawa (24-21-10).
BLUES 4, PREDATORS 3, SO
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko scored and added an assist in regulation, and then netted the deciding goal in the shootout to lead St. Louis over Nashville.
Brian Elliott, who has won 14 of his last 15 at home, stopped three of four shots in the shootout. Nashville fell to 1-7 in the tiebreaker.
Jaden Schwartz and David Backes also scored for the Blues, who have beaten the Predators eight of the last nine. Elliott made 28 saves to end a three-game losing streak.
Paul Gaustad, Mike Fisher and Roman Josi scored the Nashville goals, and Carter Hutton turned aside 31 shots.
STARS 2, DUCKS 0
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Dan Ellis made 26 saves against his former team in his 14th career shutout, and Trevor Daley scored in Dallas' victory over Anaheim.
Jonas Hiller stopped 25 shots for the NHL-leading Ducks, who were shut out for the first time all season. Anaheim has lost three of five at Honda Center after opening the season 20-0-2 at home.
Ellis had sat out the Stars' previous nine games since Jan. 12, but Kari Lehtonen's veteran backup posted Dallas' third shutout victory in six games. Ellis played 23 games with Anaheim from February 2011 to 2012.
Captain Jamie Benn added an empty-net goal with 28 seconds left for the Stars, who snapped a five-game road skid.
FLAMES 4, WILD 3, OT
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Backlund scored two goals, including the winner 2:25 into overtime to give Calgary a victory over Minnesota.
Backlund took the puck to the net and sent a pass to Sean Monahan for a shot that was stopped by goalie Darcy Kuemper. The puck bounced into the air, and Backlund batted it down and past Kuemper to give Calgary a 5-0 homestand.
The last time the Flames swept a homestand that long was in 1997, Jarome Iginla's rookie season.
TJ Galiardi, with his first goal in 38 games, and Dennis Wideman also scored for Calgary (21-27-7), which hadn't won five in a row since March 2012.
Mark Giordano had two assists to extend his career-high point streak to nine games.
Matt Cooke, Dany Heatley and Keith Ballard scored for Minnesota (29-21-7).
SHARKS 2, BLACKHAWKS 1, SO
SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Joe Thornton capped San Jose's perfect shootout with a nifty move past Corey Crawford that helped the Sharks snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over Chicago.
Joe Pavelski scored a short-handed goal and opened the shootout with a goal. Patrick Marleau also scored in the tiebreaker for the Sharks, who have won eight of their past nine shootouts. Antti Niemi made 29 saves and stopped Patrick Sharp in the second round of the shootout.
Brandon Saad scored a power-play goal, and Crawford made 38 saves for the Blackhawks, who have lost five of six games as they limp toward the Olympic break.