Elliott Makes 19 Saves as Flyers Defeat Penguins
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brian Elliott made 19 saves, Jakub Voracek and James van Riemsdyk scored, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 Tuesday night.
It was Elliott’s first shutout of the season and 39th of his career. The 34-year-old is filling in for injured Carter Hart.
Justin Braun added an empty-netter for the Flyers, playing their eighth game in 15 days. They enter a nine-day break having won five of seven.
Pittsburgh, one of three teams with at least 30 wins entering Tuesday, was playing its seventh game in 12 days. The Penguins had won two in a row and six of seven. It is the second time they have been shut out this season.
Both teams head into the All-Star break followed by a bye week. They’ll resume action against each other Jan. 31 in Pittsburgh.
Flyers fans greeted Penguins star Sidney Crosby with the usual loud boos when he was introduced and when he touched the puck. The jeers haven’t bothered Crosby in the past — he entered with 48 points (18 goals, 30 assists) in 32 games in Philadelphia.
He wasn’t able to get on the board Tuesday. Crosby’s best chance came on a slap shot from close range but at a sharp angle in the waning seconds of the second period. Elliott managed to get his pad on that one.
Crosby had at least a point in each of the four games he had played since returning Jan. 14 from a 28-game absence due to core muscle surgery.
Elliott’s best stop came with 10:49 left when he closed his pads on Bryan Rust’s try from right in front after a between-the-legs pass from Crosby from behind the net. Elliott, who was playing his third game in the last four after Hart suffered an abdominal injury in practice Jan. 14, also twice was helped by the post — on Andrew Agozzino’s deflection with 3:39 left in the first and Marcus Pettersson’s slap shot with 14:15 remaining in the third.
HURRICANES 4, JETS 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justin Williams scored a pair of goals in his second game back in the NHL, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Williams scored the winning goal in a shootout for a 2-1 win over the Islanders in his first game after signing a free-agent contract with the Hurricanes on Sunday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Florida got Joel Quenneville a win in his return to Chicago, using a hat trick by Frank Vatrano for the Panthers’ sixth consecutive victory.
The 61-year-old Quenneville coached Chicago to three Stanley Cup championships and nine playoff appearances in 10-plus years before he was fired when the team got off to a lackluster start last season.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2
BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci scored with 7:42 left to rally Boston past Vegas.
Jake DeBrusk had a tying goal for Boston early in the third period, and Krejci also assisted on Jeremy Lauzon’s first goal of the season. Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 shots as Boston entered the All-Star break with a win following a 1-2-1 stretch.
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Bailey had a goal and two assists, Thomas Greiss stopped 40 shots, and the Islanders held on to beat the rival Rangers.
Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson also scored, and Mathew Barzal had two assists to help the Islanders head into the All-Star break with their second win in eight games (2-4-2). The Islanders got their first win against the Rangers in the teams’ third meeting in nine days.