***** National Hockey League Game Capsules *****
(Tuesday, December 23)
Final Score: Boston 5, Nashville 3
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson each scored
twice to lead the Boston Bruins over the Nashville Predators, 5-3, on Tuesday.
David Krejci also lit the lamp for the Bruins, who avenged a 3-2 shootout loss
in Nashville last Tuesday. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves. Calle Jarnkrok and
Taylor Beck each had one goal and an assist for Nashville, which had a three-
game winning streak snapped. Carter Hutton stopped 20-of-24 shots.
Final Score: Carolina 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Terry scored the lone goal of the
shootout to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey
Devils on Tuesday. Carolina netminder Anton Khudobin made two big saves to
earn his first win of the season. He stacked the pads on Mike Cammalleri
and kicked aside Adam Henrique's offering. Terry, Carolina's third shooter,
followed his goaltender's impressive stops by moving the puck from his
backhand to his forehand and slipping it under the pad of Cory Schneider for
the win. Ron Hainsey scored the game-tying goal in the third period and
Khudobin finished with 18 saves for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game
skid and won on the road for the first time since Nov. 28. Stephen Gionta
netted New Jersey's lone goal and Schneider stopped 32 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Montreal 3, NY Islanders 1
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - After a slow start, the Montreal Canadiens
scored three unanswered goals to top the New York Islanders, 3-1, on Tuesday.
Carey Price made 37 saves for the Canadiens, who have won five of their last
six games. Montreal got second-period goals from Andrei Markov and Brendan
Gallagher, and David Desharnais added an insurance marker late in the third
period to seal the win. Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders 12 minutes
into the game, but they did not light the lamp again as they lost their four-
game winning streak. Chad Johnson got the start in net for New York and made
18 saves on 21 shots.
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Washington 2
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis each scored
a pair of goals and the New York Rangers held off a late comeback attempt from
the Washington Capitals to record a 4-2 win, their season-high seventh in a
row. Nash added an assist on St. Louis' second of the night, which came on a
5-on-3 with 3:48 remaining after Washington nearly overcame a 3-0 deficit on
third-period goals by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin. Derek Brassard and
Mats Zuccarello added two assists and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the
red-hot Rangers, with 19 of those stops coming in the final period. Braden
Holtby turned aside 23 shots in the loss, the Capitals' first in
regulation since Dec. 2. Washington entered the Metropolitan Division matchup
7-0-2 in its last nine games.
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Minnesota 2
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Ray Emery made 22 saves and five different
players recorded a goal, as Philadelphia claimed a 5-2 victory over Minnesota
at Xcel Energy Center. Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Vincent
Lecavalier and Michael Raffl all lit the lamp for the Flyers, who won three
straight for the first time since early November to start an eight-game road
trip. Marco Scandella and Charlie Coyle tallied for the Wild, who have
dropped four straight games. Darcy Kuemper, pressed into duty for Niklas
Backstrom after he suffered an undisclosed injury, stopped 25 shots in the
Final Score: Toronto 4, Dallas 0
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Bernier made 43 saves for his second
shutout of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing
streak with a 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Nazem Kadri
and James van Riemsdyk collaborated on two goals for the Maple Leafs,
including one 55 seconds into the game that stood up as the winner. Tyler
Bozak and Mike Santorelli also scored in the win. Bernier's 43 saves
included 19 in the third period. He picked up his ninth career shutout. The
Stars had a season-long four-game winning streak snapped, which included three
straight wins in western Canada.
Final Score: Detroit 6, Buffalo 3
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Tatar scored twice as the Detroit Red
Wings' offense came alive by scoring five unanswered goals to end a six-game
slump with a 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Henrik Zetterberg
and Danny DeKeyser each finished with a goal and assist, Stephen Weiss and
Johan Franzen also scored and Gustav Nyquist supplied three assists for the
Red Wings, who matched their total goal output over their losing streak.
Detroit's power-play unit converted on 4-of-6 opportunities and Petr Mrazek
stopped 13-of-16 shots in the win. Nicolas Deslauriers, Chris Stewart and
Andre Benoit all lit the lamp for Buffalo, which dropped its fourth
straight game. Michal Neuvirth allowed all six goals on 39 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Pittsburgh 3
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Johnson recorded his second career hat
trick and Tampa Bay held on late for a 4-3 decision over Pittsburgh on
Tuesday. Nikita Kucherov chipped in the other goal and two assists for the
Lightning, who received three helpers from Ondrej Palat. Andrei Vasilevskiy
came up with 26 saves to record his second career victory. Patric Hornqvist,
Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang scored for the Penguins, who nearly wiped out a
four-goal deficit but dropped their second in a row after winning three
straight. Jeff Zatkoff took the loss in relief, having allowed the game-
deciding goal on 17 shots. Marc-Andre Fleury got the start but was yanked
after yielding three goals on 10 shots in nearly 21 minutes of action.
Final Score: Arizona 5, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Sam Gagner and Devan Dubnyk, two former
Oilers, led the Arizona Coyotes to a 5-1 win in Edmonton Tuesday. Gagner
scored the first and last goals for the Oilers in a four-point effort, and
Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Coyotes, who snapped a two-game skid. Arizona
also received goals from Martin Erat, Keith Yandle and Brandon Gormley.
Martin Hanzal supplied three assists in the win. Justin Schultz was Edmonton's
lone scorer in its eighth straight loss.
Final Score: Colorado 5, St. Louis 0
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves for his second
shutout of the season to lead the Colorado Avalanche in a 5-0 win over the St.
Louis Blues on Tuesday. Varlamov had been out of action since Dec. 5
because of a nagging groin injury, yet recovered well enough to claim the
15th shutout of his career. Alex Tanguay and Ryan O'Reilly each had one
goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won three in a row. Jarome
Iginla, Zach Redmond and Erik Johnson also lit the lamp. Jake Allen gave up
five goals on 31 shots over two periods for the Blues, who have dropped three
straight. Martin Brodeur made 10 saves in the third.
Final Score: Winnipeg 5, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mathieu Perreault continued his hot play of
late with two goals to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-1 victory over the
Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Perreault has tallied five goals and four
assists over an eight-game point streak. Blake Wheeler finished with a goal
and an assist, Bryan Little and Anthony Peluso also scored and Andrew Ladd
supplied two helpers for the Jets, who improved to 3-0-1 over their last four
games. Michael Hutchinson, who posted a 33-save shutout in Winnipeg's
1-0 over Chicago on Nov. 2, was stellar once again, turning aside 38 shots
for the win. Marian Hossa scored Chicago's lone goal and Antti Raanta
made 11 saves in relief of Corey Crawford, who was yanked after allowing
three goals on 13 shots during the first period. The Blackhawks had an eight-
game home winning streak come to an end.
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