Hall, Devils Put an End To Pens’ Home Streak
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Taylor Hall equaled the Devils’ franchise record with points in 15 straight games, Stefan Noesen scored the only goal of the third period and New Jersey beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday.
Noesen, playing in his 100th NHL game, broke a 2-2 tie with his ninth of the season five minutes into the third. He tipped Andy Greene’s attempt from the side boards behind Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith.
Hall equaled a career high with his 27th goal and had an assist. Hall, who missed three games with a hand injury, has points in the last 22 games in which he’s played, scoring 15 goals and 32 points during that span. He’s the fifth player in the last 25 years with at least one point in 22 consecutive appearances.
Sidney Crosby scored his 21st goal and Matt Hunwick tallied his fourth for the Penguins, whose 11-game home win streak ended.
The Penguins, who have won 11 of 15 overall, lost in Pittsburgh for the first time since Jan. 4. It was the longest home winning streak since a franchise-record 13-game run during the 2013-14 season.
Kyle Palmieri scored his 17th goal for the Devils, who are fighting for an Eastern Conference wild card spot. New Jersey won six of eight after losing eight of its previous 11.
Keith Kinkaid made 36 saves for the Devils in his 26th appearance, matching a career high.
DeSmith, a rookie, stopped 35 shots for Pittsburgh, which signed Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $26.5 million contract that carries an average annual value of $5.3 million per season. DeSmith was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Monday. Penguins starter Matt Murray is out indefinitely with a concussion after he took a puck to the mask during Monday’s practice.
Derick Brassard made his debut for Pittsburgh after he was acquired from the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 23. Brassard, who received an ovation before his first shift, primarily centered the Penguins’ third line, starting with Phil Kessel and Conor Sheary before mixing in Riley Sheahan later in the game.
Brassard spent the last three days in Toronto sorting out immigration paperwork before joining his new teammates for Tuesday’s morning skate. The 30-year-old Brassard is in his 10th NHL season, but he said he was nervous when he arrived at the rink.
Capitals 3, Senators 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season to lead the Washington Capitals to a victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Tom Wilson also scored for Washington, which leapfrogged Philadelphia to regain first place in the Metropolitan Division by one point. The Capitals are 3-0 this season against struggling Ottawa.
Matt Niskanen assisted on both of Kuznetsov’s goals, each coming less than a minute after the end of a successful Capitals penalty kill.
Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves for Washington in his 18th start of the season.
Panthers 3, Maple Leafs 2, OT
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jared McCann scored at 3:47 of overtime and the Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.
McCann grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated in and fired a shot from the slot past goalie Curtis McElhinney.
Bruins 4, Hurricanes 3, OT
BOSTON (AP) — Charlie McAvoy scored 1:08 into overtime and Rick Nash had a goal in his home debut for Boston as the Bruins rallied past the Carolina Hurricanes.
Tommy Wingels, Riley Nash and McAvoy each had a goal and an assist for Boston, which avoided losing three straight for the first time this season after falling behind 3-1 late in the first period.
Wild 8, Blues 3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal had three goals and two assists to combine with linemates Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker for 14 points and propel the surging Minnesota Wild to an victory over the St. Louis Blues, who lost their seventh straight.
Stars 2, Flames 0
DALLAS (AP) — Ben Bishop made 37 saves in his 24th career shutout, and the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames.
Bishop’s shutout was his fifth this season. He had 17 saves in the second period, when Dallas increased its lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal by Tyler Seguin, his 32nd.
Devin Shore scored the first goal with just 39 seconds left in the first period. He skated past Calgary’s Dougie Hamilton to the left faceoff circle and lifted a wrist shot over goalie Jon Gillies.
The Stars maintained their hold on the first Western Conference wild card spot and prevented Calgary, which sits just outside the second wild card position, from moving ahead of them.
Gillies took his first loss in six NHL games. He stopped 24 shots.
Calgary had the best chances early. In the first five minutes, Bishop stopped a 2-on-1 and Radek Faksa cleared the rebound.