NHL roundup: Bruins get back on track
|Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton (18) celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 10, 2011. Boston beat Columbus 5-3. (Russell LaBounty-US PRESSWIRE)
COLUMBUS - Final Score: Boston 5, Columbus 3
COLUMBUS - Not known for his offense, Joe Corvo gave the Boston Bruins a big lift Saturday night. The defenseman, who hadn't scored all season, tallied twice, including the go-ahead power-play marker in the third period, in a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nathan Horton, Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly also lit the lamp for the Bruins, who snapped a two-game skid. Tuukka Rask relieved Tim Thomas for the third period and turned aside all 11 shots sent his way. Thomas allowed three goals on 25 shots over the first 40 minutes. Jeff Carter, Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger scored for the Blue Jackets, who received 24 saves from Curtis Sanford.
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Buffalo 1
BUFFALO - Carl Hagelin scored twice, Martin Biron had 32 saves and the New York Rangers posted three unanswered goals Saturday to beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1. The Rangers avoided their first three-game losing streak since starting the season 0-1-2. Hagelin and Ryan Callahan had shorthanded goals in the second period while Marian Gaborik scored on a power play late in the third to seal the win. Callahan's goal snapped a 1-1 tie and Biron kept Buffalo off the board after that, allowing New York to build a cushion. Biron, who was a Sabres goaltender for nine seasons until 2007, made 12 of his 32 saves in the third period. Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo, which fell to 1-1-1 on a five-game homestand, and Jhonas Enroth allowed four goals on 33 shots.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, NY Islanders 3
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - James Neal scored twice and Steve Sullivan added a goal and an assist, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders, 6-3. Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke and Paul Martin also netted goals for the Penguins, who got two assists apiece from Evgeni Malkin, Matt Niskanen, Chris Kunitz and Tyler Kennedy. Marc Andre-Fleury made 24 saves in the win. David Ullstrom, Milan Jurcina and Kyle Okposo tallied for the Islanders, who have dropped two straight. Al Montoya stopped just 25-of-31 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Tampa Bay 2
PHILADELPHIA - Jaromir Jagr and Danny Briere both had a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers took down the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2. Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds also had a goal and an assist while Matt Carle notched a goal for the Flyers, who have won a season- high five straight. Philly forward Claude Giroux, who had two assists in the game and leads the NHL with 39 points, left the game after two periods with an undisclosed injury. Ilya Bryzgalov started the game in net for the Flyers, but left near the 7:00 mark of the third period with an undisclosed injury after allowing two goals on 16 shots. Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside all three shots he faced the rest of the way. Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Shannon both had a goal for the Lightning, who have dropped six of their last seven games. Mathieu Garon allowed four goals on 31 shots.
Final Score: St. Louis 1, San Jose 0
St. LOUIS - Brian Elliott made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and the St. Louis Blues edged the San Jose Sharks, 1-0, on Saturday. Kevin Shattenkirk scored the only goal at the end of a 5-on-3 with 26 seconds remaining in the first period. Elliott stopped four shots in the first period, nine in the second and made 11 saves in the third to earn his 13th career shutout. The Blues killed six San Jose power plays to improve to 3-1-0 on a five-game homestand. They are 11-2-3 since Ken Hitchcock became head coach on November 6, taking over for the fired Davis Payne. Antti Niemi was a hard-luck loser, making 18 saves for a Sharks team that had trouble finding good scoring chances.
Final Score: Nashville 3, Anaheim 2
NASHVILLE - Jordin Tootoo had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators took a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Nick Spaling and Roman Josi each scored for the Predators, who have won their past two. Pekka Rinne stopped 15 shots in the win. Francois Beauchemin and Andrew Gordon both scored for the Ducks, who have dropped four of five. Dan Ellis was touched for all three goals on 28 shots.
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Phoenix 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Kyle Brodziak tallied twice and Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves as the Minnesota Wild won their seventh straight game, 4-1, over the Phoenix Coyotes. Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley also recorded goals for the Wild, who were 3-for-4 on the power play. It's the first time Minnesota has won seven straight since a nine-game run, March 8-24, 2007. The Wild have also won seven in a row on the road, extending a franchise record. Lauri Korpikoski netted the lone goal for Phoenix, which has lost four of its past six games. Mike Smith made 16 saves in a losing effort.
Final Score: Dallas 2, Los Angeles 1
LOS ANGELES - Trevor Daley had a goal and an assist, and Richard Bachman made 26 saves in his first career start to help the Dallas Stars edge the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, at Staples Center. Jamie Benn netted the other goal for the Stars, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Brad Richardson scored the lone goal for Los Angeles, while Jonathan Bernier allowed both goals on 28 shots in the Kings' fourth straight loss.