Pens Keeper Murray Nearing Return
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is nearing a return from a concussion that’s sidelined him for two weeks.
Murray faced shots Tuesday before the rest of the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions took the ice. Murray hasn’t played since sustaining the concussion after taking a shot to the facemask in practice late last month.
Coach Mike Sullivan says the team is “encouraged” by Murray’s progress. Sullivan added he expects Murray to travel with the Penguins when they begin a three-game road trip against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. The Penguins are 4-3 since Murray went down and trail first-place Washington by one point in the crowded Metropolitan Division.
Penguins forward Bryan Rust, who has missed the last two games while dealing with a concussion, has been cleared for contact and could join his teammates on the road swing.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — David Pastrnak scored three of Boston’s five goals in the final 10 minutes for his first career hat trick, and the Bruins stunned the Carolina Hurricanes by rallying for a victory.
Matt Grzelcyk, Pastrnak and Danton Heinen scored in a span of 77 seconds to turn a 4-1 Bruins deficit into a 4-all tie. Pastrnak put Boston ahead on a power-play goal with 3:30 left and finished off his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 1:34 remaining.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mike Hoffman scored two goals and six other Ottawa players had multipoint games as the Senators stopped Tampa Bay’s 10-game streak without a regulation loss.
One night earlier, the struggling Senators halted Florida’s eight-game home winning streak.
CANADIENS 4, STARS 2
MONTREAL (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens snapped their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
Brendan Gallagher and Nikita Scherbak also scored for Montreal (26-32-12), which hadn’t won since March 2. Alex Galchenyuk had two assists.
Antti Niemi made 36 saves for his fifth win of the season. Niemi hasn’t lost in regulation since Feb. 14, going 3-0-3 during that stretch.
Radek Faksa and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas (38-26-6), and Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots in defeat.
The Canadiens were at home for the first time since a 1-3-2 road trip.
Andrew Shaw left midway through the third period with an injury. Shaw hit former teammate Greg Pateryn along the boards but got the worst of it as their heads collided. The Canadiens winger has already missed 19 games this season with a lower-body injury.
The game marked Alexander Radulov’s return to the Bell Centre. Radulov hadn’t faced his former club in Montreal since signing with Dallas as a free agent in the offseason.
Radulov was met with cheers when he was featured on the big screen in the first period. The winger scored 18 goals in 76 games for Montreal last season — his first back in the NHL since 2011.
Faksa got Dallas on the board at 11:48 of the first period as he deflected Pateryn’s shot past Niemi.
Lehkonen tied things up with a wrist shot to the blocker side at 16:31.
A four-minute high-sticking penalty to Dan Hamhuis in the second changed the course of the game, with Montreal scoring twice in 35 seconds.
First, Lehkonen beat Lehtonen through the legs from the slot at 8:41. And after Faksa took a tripping penalty to give the Canadiens a two-man advantage, Gallagher netted his team-leading 26th of the season at 9:16.
Benn got one back for the Stars on the power play at 18:20 of the second. Radulov got an assist on the goal.
Scherbak made it 4-2, again on the power play, at 9:26 of the third.
Montreal finished 3 for 5 with the extra skater.
During the game, the Canadiens announced defenseman Shea Weber had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn tendon in his left foot. The team expects his recovery to take six months.
Weber is thought to have been injured when he was hit by a shot in the first game of the season. The 32-year-old has not played since Dec. 16.