Penguins Rout Senators, 6-3
PITTSBURGH — It was a big night for two of the youngest Pittsburgh Penguins.
The same can be said for a longtime NHL veteran, now formerly with the Ottawa Senators.
Jake Guentzel scored twice, Zach Aston-Reese scored his first two NHL goals and the Penguins picked up a 6-3 victory over the Senators, who also traded veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Phaneuf, 32, was pulled from Ottawa’s bench during the game and the trade was finalized afterward. The Kings visit the Penguins on Thursday, so he doesn’t even have to leave Pittsburgh to meet up with his new team.
“I’m excited to be going to the Los Angeles Kings,” Phaneuf said. “It’s going to be a real good experience for me to be able to join that team. I’m excited about the team that they have, where they’re at in the standings and I’m going to go there and do my best to do whatever I can to help their team.”
Evgeni Malkin scored his 31st and Kris Letang tallied his fourth for the Penguins, who have won seven of nine and 12 of their last 16. Sidney Crosby, who scored his 400th career goal on Sunday, finished with three assists.
Pittsburgh is riding a nine-game home winning streak, the longest since a franchise-record 13-game run during the 2013-14 season. The Penguins haven’t lost in Pittsburgh since a 4-0 defeat by Carolina on Jan. 4.
Matt Murray stopped 30 shots for Pittsburgh.
Derick Brassard, Colin White and Mike Hoffman all scored for the Senators, who lost for the third time in five games. The Senators dropped to 7-16-4 on the road. They were 22-17-2 away from home last season.
Phaneuf has 16 points in 52 games this season and 478 in 954 games during his 13-year NHL career with the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators. He was traded again almost exactly two years after the Senators got him from the Maple Leafs.
“The business is the business,” Phaneuf said. “For me, it’s a business decision that the Ottawa Senators wanted to move me, and I respect that.”
Guentzel scored his 17th on the power play and his 18th in the second period. Aston-Reese scored the first of his career in the second period and added an empty-net goal with 1:05 to play.
Mike Condon made five saves on nine shots before he was pulled after Aston-Reese’s goal. Craig Anderson stopped 17 of 18 shots.
“I’ve kind of been in a drought,” Guentzel said. “Whenever you can score a couple, you get a little confidence.”
Aston-Reese, a finalist for the 2017 Hobey Baker Award, played in his first NHL game Feb. 3 at New Jersey and recorded his first point at Dallas six days later.
The Penguins opened the scoring with their first power-play goal in five games. Guentzel tipped a Justin Schultz point shot behind Condon for the early lead.
Brassard evened the score at 4:18 of the second period with a blocker-side slap shot from the left faceoff dot.
The Penguins reclaimed the lead for good 52 seconds later with Guentzel’s second goal, a rebound from the top of the crease.
Murray made a sliding stop on Cody Ceci off the rush shortly after Guentzel’s goal, allowing Malkin and Aston-Reese to break it open.
Devils 5, Flyers 4, SO
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Travis Hall scored twice in regulation, Drew Stafford had the only tally in the shootout and the New Jersey Devils snapped a four-game losing streak.
John Moore and Nico Hischier also tallied goals in regulation for the Devils.
Predators 4, Blues 3, OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored on a penalty shot at 1:19 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a wild comeback victory .
After trailing by three goals entering the third period, Nashville rallied for three goals in the span of 6:42 to tie it and force overtime.
Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored power-play goals in the second period to give Columbus the lead, and the Blue Jackets went on to beat New York.
Sabres 5, Lightning 3
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly scored a goal and added two assists in the Buffalo Sabres’ win over the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
Hurricanes 7, Kings 3
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justin Faulk had his first career hat trick, Jeff Skinner scored twice, and the Carolina Hurricanes routed the Los Angeles Kings.
Jets 4, Capitals 3, OT
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Defenseman Tyler Myers scored 3:35 into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Washington Capitals.
Red Wings 2, Ducks 1
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are hoping to win enough before the trade deadline the franchise chooses to make a run for the postseason instead of trades for the future.
Bruins 5, Flames 2
BOSTON — Patric Bergeron score two of Boston’s three goals in the third period, and the Bruins pulled away from the Calgary Flames.
Wild 3, Rangers 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves, and Minnesota’s early three-goal lead held up.
Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Marcus Foligno all scored in the first 6:17 for Minnesota, which ran its home point streak to a franchise-record 13 games (10-0-3).
John Gilmour scored his first NHL goal in his third game for New York, and Kevin Hayes added his 13th goal of the season. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots for the Rangers.