Toronto Blanks Penguins
TORONTO (AP) – James Reimer stopped all 25 shots he faced and Clarke MacArthur scored in the third period to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs past the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Wednesday night.
The victory gave the Maple Leafs a split of a home-and-home set with Pittsburgh one night after the Penguins erased a 4-1 deficit in the third period before pulling out a 5-4 shootout victory.
It looked as if overtime would again be necessary until MacArthur took a pass from Mikhail Grabovski and deked around Brent Johnson with 6:05 to go in regulation.
It was the second shutout this season for Pittsburgh.
Reimer, who was starting for only the second time in 14 games, registered his first shutout since opening night against Montreal in October. It was also a rare appearance for Johnson, who gave Marc-Andre Fleury a rest for the second time in 19 games.
The game featured decidedly less energy than what was on display 24 hours earlier in Pittsburgh, when both coaches were left with some defensive concerns.
The players clearly received the message.
Even with NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin on the ice, there were very few quality scoring chances at either end.
Pittsburgh did manage to get a puck over the goal-line early in the second period, but that goal was overturned because Chris Kunitz was ruled to have kicked it into the net.
The Penguins generated more offense in the middle period, but Reimer kept it scoreless by denying Malkin twice from the side of the net.
Each team had a power play early in the third but couldn’t break through. The closest Pittsburgh came was a James Neal shot that rang off the post.
MacArthur broke the deadlock with his 16th goal of the season.
In 19 career games against the Leafs, Malkin has nine goals and 38 points … Mike Komisarek and Jay Rosehill were scratched for the Maple Leafs … Pittsburgh claimed center Cal O’Reilly on waivers Wednesday but he didn’t dress.
Panthers 4, Capitals 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Mikael Samuelsson had two goals and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals.
Stephen Weiss and Shawn Matthias also scored for Florida, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 26 shots. Tomas Fleischmann had a pair of assists for the Panthers, who moved into first place in the Southeast Division – one point ahead of Washington.
Brooks Laich and John Carlson scored for the Capitals, and Michal Neuvirth had 35 saves.
Samuelsson’s second goal came during a power play and gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead. Samuelsson got the puck in the high slot and wristed it past Neuvirth at 4:57 of the third for his first multi-goal game since Feb. 12, 2011, at Vancouver.
Rangers 1, Sabres 0, SO
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Ryan Callahan scored the decisive shootout goal and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots to lead the New York Rangers to a victory against the Buffalo Sabres.
Callahan scored in the fifth round of the shootout by driving in on Ryan Miller, leaning to his right and snapping a shot into the open left side.
Marian Gaborik had scored in the first round of the shootout and the Sabres’ Jason Pominville answered in the third round, beating Lundqvist on the stick side.
Both goalies earned a shutout, with Miller stopping 29 shots through overtime. It was Lundqvist’s sixth shutout of the season, his third in his last five starts and 41st of his career – which puts him alone in second place on the team’s all-time list, one ahead of Dave Kerr.