NHL: Pair of Power-Play Goals Doom Pens
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Adam Henrique and Bobby Butler scored power-play goals 2:12 apart in the third period, and the New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-1 victory against Pittsburgh on Saturday that snapped the Penguins’ five-game winning streak.
Ilya Kovalchuk assisted on the late goals, and defenseman Andy Greene had two assists, including the primary one on rookie Stefan Matteau’s first NHL goal.
Martin Brodeur made 24 saves and provided a little humor by chasing his stick late in the second period of his 1,200th career game. He became the first NHL goalie to reach the milestone.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had a six-game point streak snapped, his longest since a career-high, 25-game run in 2010.
Brandon Sutter scored early for the Penguins, who gave the Devils 10 power-play chances. The teams will play again Sunday in Pittsburgh.
HURRICANES 3, OT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Danny Briere scored 1:47 into overtime to lift Philadelphia over Carolina.
Jakub Voracek, Matt Read and Brayden Schenn also scored for Philadelphia, which went 3-0-1 on a four-game homestand.
Joe Corvo scored the tying goal in the third period, and Jiri Tlusty and Jeff Skinner also had goals for the Hurricanes, who had won two in a row.
RED WINGS 2
DETROIT (AP) – Niklas Kronwall’s third-period goal broke a tie, and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in Detroit’s narrow win over Edmonton.
Henrik Zetterberg had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for Detroit (6-4-1).
Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz scored the lone goal for Edmonton (4-4-3), and 40-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots in his first game of the season
JETS 1, SENATORS 0
OTTAWA (AP) – Al Montoya made 33 saves, and Alex Ponikarovsky scored the only goal in Winnipeg’s win over Ottawa.
Ponikarovsky broke the scoreless deadlock 5:57 into the third period. The Senators had no answer against Montoya, who replaced an ailing Ondrej Pavelec (flu) and posted his first shutout of the season and third of his NHL career.
The Jets (5-5-1) won for the second time in six games and snapped a three-game road skid.
SHARKS 0, SO
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Mike Smith made 33 saves through overtime and then turned aside two more shots in the shootout to carry Phoenix past San Jose.
The only offense in the entire game was provided by Phoenix’s Mikkel Boedker and Radium Vrbata, who both netted shootout goals against Sharks goalie Antii Niemi.
Smith, who recorded his fourth shutout of the season, made several acrobatic saves, including one in the shootout. Smith has 21 career NHL shutouts.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Troy Brouwer scored two goals and Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots and assisted on Brouwer’s second goal and Washington shut out Florida in the opener of a home-and-home series.
Mathieu Perreault and Joel Ward each added a goal and an assist, and Alex Ovechkin also scored for Washington (3-8-1), which snapped a three-game losing streak.
It was the first time Washington has scored more than three goals in a game this season.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Ryan Miller made 41 saves, and Alexander Sulzer scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period for the Buffalo Sabres, who earned a victory against the New York Islanders.
Thomas Vanek and Christian Ehrhoff added goals for the Sabres, who won their second straight game. Buffalo was outshot 43-15 by the Islanders, who dropped their fourth straight.
John Tavares and Colin McDonald scored for New York, and Brian Strait had two assists. Evgeni Nabokov made 12 saves for the Islanders, who erased a pair of one-goal deficits but couldn’t overcome a third even after Tavares was awarded a penalty shot with 3:53 remaining.
MAPLE LEAFS 6 CANADIENS 0
MONTREAL (AP) – James Reimer made 37 saves and Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens .
Leo Komarov added his first NHL goal 59 seconds into the game.
Tyler Bozak scored later in the first period, James van Riemsdyk and Kessel added second-period goals.
PREDATORS 1, OT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Devin Setoguchi’s power-play goal at 4:21 of overtime gave Minnesota a victory against the Nashville Predators and snapped the Wild’s three-game losing streak.
Setoguchi took a pass from Mikko Koivu and fired a shot past Chris Mason for his first goal of the season and the Wild’s 23rd in 11 games.
Cal Clutterbuck also scored, and Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots for Minnesota.
DUCKS 6, BLUES 5, SO
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Viktor Fasth stopped three of six shootout attempts to become the first NHL goalie in eight years to win his first five starts, and Bobby Ryan had two goals and two assists as the Anaheim Ducks beat the struggling St. Louis Blues.
Fasth, who began the game first in the NHL with a 1.06 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage, allowed five goals on 31 shots. Nolan Schaefer won his first five starts for San Jose in 2005.
Teemu Selanne had a goal and three assists, Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu also scored, and Nick Bonino netted the deciding tally in the shootout for the Ducks on their sixth attempt.
LIGHTNING-BRUINS PPD., SNOW
BOSTON (AP) – The game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the host Bruins was postponed because of the blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on the Boston area.
No makeup date had been scheduled yet. Originally scheduled for 1 p.m., the game was pushed back until 7 p.m. to allow the storm to pass.
But public transportation was not expected to resume on Saturday, and roads were still being cleared.