Penguins Win in Eight-Round SO
Blueger earns deciding goal
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Teddy Blueger scored the deciding goal in the eighth round of the shootout and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 Sunday.
Pittsburgh’s Bryan Rust and Arizona’s Taylor Hall each scored int he third round of the tiebreaker.
Jared McCann, Patric Hornqvist and Brandon Tanev scored in regulation for the Penguins, who swept a three-game Western road trip. Evgeny Malkin had two assists.
Tristan Jarry had 25 saves in his second victory over the Coyotes this season. He made 33 saves in a 2-0 win Dec.6.
Hall had a goal and an assist, and Conor Garland and Derek Stepan also scored for the Coyotes, who had been shutout in its previous two games. Adin Hill made 30 saves in his third start of the season for Arizona, with both Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper out with injuries.
Stepan redirected a centering pass from Niklas Hjalmarsson to give the Coyotes a 3-2 lead with eight minutes remaining before Tanev scored on a shot from the slot with three minutes left to tied it.
McCann scored at 2:43 of the first period, 18 seconds into a 5-on-3 power play. McCann has three goals in his last four games.
Garland tied it at 1 with his 15th of the season with 5:37 left in the first period, the Coyotes’ first goal since Lawson Crouse scored in the final minute of third period in a 5-2 victory at Florida on Tuesday.
Hornqvist put the puck past Hill on a sharp angle from the right side on a power play for a 2-1 lead four minutes into the second period. He has five goals in his last eight games.
Hall countered from a similarly severe angle from left side midway through the period to tie it at 2.
NOTES: Penguins F Sidney Crosby (core muscle) did not dress Sunday after going through a full practice Saturday. He missed his 28th straight game after a Nov. 9 injury that required surgery. “We’re going to try to make decisions … that are in the best interest of Sid and the team,” coach Mike Sullivan said before the game. “That’s what we did.” Pittsburgh is 18-6-4 without Crosby. … Hjalmarsson returned after missing the previous 43 games because of a fractured left fibula. … The Penguins had two shots in the first period and 22 in the second. … The Coyotes were shut out in their previous two games, 4-0 at Tampa Bay on Thursday and 3-0 at Carolina on Friday.
Penguins: Host Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Coyotes: Host San Jose on Tuesday night.
DEVILS 3, LIGHTNING 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Louis Domingue stopped 26 shots against his former team and the New Jersey Devils beat Tampa Bay 3-1 on Sunday night, ending the Lightning’s franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak.
Travis Zajac, Andy Greene and Miles Wood scored for the disappointing Devils, who fired general manager Ray Shero less than two hours before the start of the game. New Jersey made the playoffs once in his four-plus year tenure.
Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning, who tied their consecutive wins record on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Philadelphia. Curtis McElhinney made 17 saves in getting the start in place of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had shutouts in the last two games.
The 10-game winning streak tied the New York Islanders for the longest this season.
PREDATORS 1, JETS 0
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Juuse Saros made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season, Kyle Turris scored in the first period and Nashville beat Winnipeg.
Predators captain Roman Josi had his points streak end at 12 games. He had 20 points (seven goals and 13 assists) during the career-high run and franchise record for defensemen. It was the NHL’s longest active streak.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots for Winnipeg.
PANTHERS 8, MAPLE LEAFS 4
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist, surpassing Olli Jokinen for Florida’s career points lead with 420, and the Panthers beat Toronto.
Mike Hoffman scored twice, and Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and two assists. Frank Vatrano, Mike Matheson and Josh Brown also scored in the Panthers’ highest-scoring game of the season. Chris Driedger made 43 saves.
Mitch Marner scored twice for the Maple Leafs, and Zach Hyman had a goal and two assists. John Tavares also scored. Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 12 shots before he was pulled 49 seconds into the second period. Michael Hutchinson stopped 13 shots.
CANUCKS 4, WILD 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Elias Pettersson scored his 21st goal and fellow All-Star Jacob Markstom stopped 23 shots in Vancouver’s victory over Minnesota.
Bo Horvat added two goals — the second into an empty net with 5.7 seconds left — and Troy Stecher also scored for the Canucks. They’ve won nine of 11 and picked up their second win in two days.
Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves, and Marcus Foligno scored for Minnesota.
SABRES 5, RED WINGS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Evan Rodrigues scored twice in the first five minutes and Buffalo cruised past NHL-worst Detroit.
Rodrigues entered with no goals in 25 games this season. Zemgus Girgensons also scored in the first period for the Sabres, Zach Bogosian and Rasmus Ristolainen added goals, and Linus Ullmark made 21 saves.
Madison Bowey scored for Detroit.