National Hockey League

                ***** National Hockey League Game Capsules *****
                            (Sunday, December 21)
                    Final Score: Colorado 2, Detroit 1 (SO)
 Detroit,  MI  ( - Jarome  Iginla scored the decisive goal in
 the  ninth  round of the shootout  as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Detroit
 Red  Wings  2-1 at Joe  Louis Arena. Nathan  MacKinnon and Matt Duchene scored
 on  Colorado's  first two chances in  the tiebreaker, but the Red Wings stayed
 alive  with goals from Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar in rounds two and three.
 Detroit's  Petr Mrazek  and Colorado's Calvin Pickard then matched one another
 save  for save until Iginla's goal to begin the ninth round. Pickard then made
 a  right  pad save  on Brendan  Smith to secure  the victory. Pickard finished
 with 34 saves for the Avalanche, who have won back-to-back games for the first
 time  since Nov.  22-25 and  concluded  their road  trip at  2-0-1. They  have
 played  beyond  regulation in four of  their last five games, going 3-0-2 over
 that  stretch. Mrazek,  starting in place of Jimmy Howard (lower-body injury),
 made  22 saves  for a Detroit team  winless in its last six games (0-2-4). The
 Red Wings have totaled six goals during their current skid.
                     Final Score: Dallas 6, Edmonton 5 (SO)
 Edmonton, AB ( - Shawn Horcoff scored in the eighth round of
 the  shootout to  give the Dallas Stars  a 6-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers on
 Sunday.  In  the eighth round,  Horcoff's wrister went  in between the pads of
 Ben  Scrivens, and  Anders Lindback  stopped Anton  Lander's wrister  with the
 glove  for  the win.  Tyler Seguin  had two  goals and  an assist, while Jamie
 Benn  totaled a goal  and an assist for the Stars, who have won four straight.
 Lindback  stopped 9-of-10 shots to get the win in relief of Kari Lehtonen, who
 allowed  four goals  on 19  shots before  getting pulled  halfway through  the
 second  period.  Taylor Hall scored  two goals  with an assist, Mark Arcobello
 had  two goals  and Teddy  Purcell recorded  a goal  and two  assists for  the
 Oilers, who have lost seven straight. Scrivens stopped 40 shots in the loss.
                        Final Score: Boston 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)
 Boston,  MA  ( - Loui  Eriksson scored the game-winning goal
 2:14 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo
 Sabres on Sunday. Eriksson  took a  touch pass  from Milan  Lucic through  the
 neutral  zone and  fought off  a  defender before  firing a  shot through  the
 pads of Jhonas Enroth for the win. Dougie Hamilton finished with two goals and
 an  assist, Chris Kelly  also scored and Zdeno Chara added two helpers for the
 Bruins,  who are 5-0-1 in their last six games against the Sabres. Tuukka Rask
 made  25 saves  in the  win. Tim  Schaller scored  his first  NHL goal,  while
 Andrej  Meszaros and  Rasmus Ristolainen  also  lit the  lamp for  the Sabres,
 who  have dropped their last three. Enroth stopped 33-of-37 shots in defeat.
                     Final Score: NY Rangers 1, Carolina 0
 New  York,  NY ( - Cam  Talbot made 18 saves in backstopping
 the  surging New  York  Rangers to  a  1-0 win  over  the Carolina  Hurricanes
 Sunday night in the back end of a home-and-home set. Ryan  McDonagh  scored in
 the  first  period to  give  Talbot  all the  support  he  needed. The  backup
 goaltender,  who  signed a contract  extension on  Friday, has three wins this
 season,  all coming  via  shutout.  The Rangers  won  their season-high  sixth
 straight game and continued their home dominance  against the  Hurricanes, who
 have  dropped  eight in a row  at Madison Square Garden. Anton Khudobin played
 well  for  Carolina, making  30 saves, but  he still remains  in search of his
 first win this season. The Hurricanes have lost eight of their last nine games
                       Final Score: Chicago 4, Toronto 0
 Chicago, IL ( - Antti Raanta stopped 31 shots for his second
 shutout  of  the season to lead  the Chicago Blackhawks  in a 4-0 win over the
 Toronto  Maple  Leafs on  Sunday. Patrick  Kane posted a  goal and two assists
 while  David Rundblad,  Jonathan  Toews and  Kris Versteeg  all  lit the  lamp
 for  the Blackhawks,  who have  won  three of  their last  four. James  Reimer
 allowed all four goals on 34 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped their
 past three.
                    Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Winnipeg 3 (OT)
 Winnipeg,  MB  ( -  Jakub  Voracek's  goal 10  seconds  into
 overtime  finished off  a furious comeback as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated
 the  Winnipeg  Jets, 4-3, on  Sunday. Claude Giroux pressured Dustin Byfuglien
 on  the  forecheck and  Voracek was  there to  take the  loose puck and emerge
 from  behind the net  to beat Ondrej Pavelec with a quick wrister for the win.
 Voracek  continued  his frenetic  scoring  pace  with  two goals  and  Vincent
 Lecavalier's  second  goal of the  night tied the  game late in regulation for
 the  Flyers, who were  coming off a 7-4 win over Toronto on Saturday. Rob Zepp
 stopped   25-of-28  shots  in  his  NHL  debut.  The  33-year-old  became  the
 oldest  NHL  netminder to  win his  first career  start since 41-year-old Hugh
 Lehman  in  1926. Matt Halischuk, Mathieu  Perreault and Byfuglien all lit the
 lamp  for  the Jets,  who had  their two-game  winning streak  come to an end.
 Pavelec made 19 stops in defeat.
 12/22 00:49:13 ET

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