NHL capsules: Boston claims a wild one
|Boston Bruins left wing Benoit Pouliot (L) scores the game winning goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg in the third period of their NHL hockey game in Boston, Massachusetts on Nov. 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Final Score: Boston 4, New Jersey 3
Boston, MA- Benoit Pouliot's tally with 3:01 left in regulation capped a wild third period and sent Boston past New Jersey, 4-3, at TD Garden. Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton also tallied in a three-goal final stanza for the Bruins, who have reeled off six straight wins. Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots for the victory. Nick Palmieri tallied twice and David Clarkson once for the Devils, losers in two of their last three. Johan Hedberg played well in defeat, making 33 stops.
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, NY Islanders 2
Uniondale, NY- Brad Richards scored the game-winner with under five minutes to play in the third as the New York Rangers took a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. Ryan Callahan had a goal and an assist while Sean Avery and Steve Eminger also scored for the Rangers, winners of seven straight games. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots in the win. Frans Nielsen had a goal and an assist while Matt Moulson also lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have dropped their past four games and 10 of 11, overall. Evgeni Nabokov allowed three goals on 29 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH- Niklas Backstrom made 43 saves and the Minnesota Wild scored four unanswered goals Tuesday to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2. Matt Cullen and Nick Johnson scored 20 seconds apart in the second period to tie the game and Cal Clutterbuck put Minnesota ahead in the third. Devin Setoguchi added an empty-netter for the Wild, who have won seven of their last nine. Backstrom made 27 saves over two scoreless periods after giving up two goals on 18 shots in the first. Antoine Vermette and Mark Letestu scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost six of their last eight and remain on an NHL-worst seven points. Steve Mason allowed three goals on 23 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, Colorado 3
Pittsburgh, PA- Evgeni Malkin netted the deciding tally in a four-goal third period, as Pittsburgh subdued Colorado, 6-3, at CONSOL Energy Center. Pascal Dupuis, Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang and James Neal also lit the lamp for the Penguins, who won for the eighth time in their last 11. Marc-Andre Fleury shook off a three-goal opening 20 minutes, making 24 saves to earn the victory. Matt Duchene, David Jones and Jay McClement provided the offense for the Avalanche, who stumbled to their eighth loss in 10. Semyon Varlamov was tagged in defeat for all six scores on 33 shots.
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Detroit 1
St. Louis, MO- Alexander Steen scored the game-winner midway through the second period, as the St. Louis Blues beat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1. Matt D'Agostini scored the other goal for the Blues, who have gone 3-0-1 under Ken Hitchcock since he replaced a fired Payne Davis. Brian Elliott turned aside 21-of-22 shots for the victors. Justin Abdelkader scored the lone goal for the Red Wings, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Jimmy Howard stopped 35-of-37 shots for Detroit, which went 0-for-6 on the power play.
Final Score: Nashville 3, Washington 1
Nashville, TN- Colin Wilson scored the game-winner with 24.3 seconds to play in regulation as the Nashville Predators took a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Shea Weber and Martin Erat each had a goal and an assist while Pekka Rinne made 39 saves for the Predators, who have won four of their last six. Troy Brouwer had the lone goal for the Capitals, who have lost four of five. Tomas Vokoun made 28 stops in the setback.
Final Score: Florida 6, Dallas 0
Dallas, TX- Scott Clemmensen stopped all 25 shots he faced and six different players tallied as Florida dispatched Dallas, 6-0, at American Airlines Center. Stephen Weiss and Kris Versteeg posted a goal and two assists each for the Panthers, winners in three of their last four. Dmitry Kulikov, Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Garrison and Evgenii Dadonov also lit the lamp as Florida held Dallas scoreless on the road for the first time in franchise history. Kari Lehtonen was left in for all six goals on 30 shots for the Stars, who suffered their worst defeat of the season in their third consecutive loss.