January 1, 2012
NHL roundup: Kovalchuk helps Devils down Pens
By Sports Network
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk supplied the offence with a goal and two assists, as the New Jersey Devils downed the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, at Prudential Center. Patrik Elias matched Kovalchuk with two helpers for New Jersey, which has won nine of its last 12 games. Martin Brodeur made 29 saves to improve to 9-1-1 in his last 11 starts against Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 18 shots for the Penguins, who have lost two straight on the heels of a four-game winning streak.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Carolina 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Steven Stamkos recorded his second hat trick of the season to fuel Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory over Carolina on Saturday evening. Steve Downie added a goal and two assists for the Lightning, who have won three in a row and five of seven. Teddy Purcell also lit the lamp, while Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone each posted three helpers to back a 24-save performance by Mathieu Garon. Jay Harrison and Justin Faulk scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost two of three. Cam Ward was dented for all five goals on 32 shots.
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Minnesota 2
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Radim Vrbata scored two goals in the third period and Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves to lift the Phoenix Coyotes over the Minnesota Wild, 4-2, at Xcel Energy Center. Daymond Langkow and Ray Whitney also netted goals for the Coyotes, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Matt Cullen lit the lamp for Minnesota, while Niklas Backstrom stopped 26-of-29 shots in the Wild's ninth loss in their last 10 games.
Final Score: Detroit 3, St. Louis 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jimmy Howard made 31 saves to record his career-high fourth shutout of the season, and the Detroit Red Wings extended their home dominance with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Johan Franzen, Justin Abdelkader and Jiri Hudler each contributed a goal in the second period for Detroit, which has won 12 straight at Joe Louis Arena. Brian Elliott stopped 28 shots for the Blues, who suffered a season-high third straight loss.
Final Score: Washington 4, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin scored twice as the Washington Capitals took a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dennis Wideman had a goal and an assist while Alexander Semin supplied the other goal for the Capitals, who have won three straight. Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves for the win. John Moore and Samuel Pahlsson both scored for the Blue Jackets, who were coming off a win against Dallas on Thursday that snapped a six-game losing streak. Steve Mason was handed the loss for giving up four goals on 26 shots.
Final Score: Dallas 4, Boston 2
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Trevor Daley had a goal and two assists to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Tom Wandell had a goal and an assist while Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder each scored for the Stars, who snapped a two-game slide. Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves for the win. Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin scored for the Bruins, who had won seven straight coming into the game. Tim Thomas was tagged for all four goals on 27 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Colorado 4, Anaheim 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Milan Hejduk scored two goals, Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 18 saves and the resurgent Colorado Avalanche beat the Anaheim Ducks, 4-2, at Honda Center. Kyle Quincey and Chuck Kobasew both scored in the second period for the Avalanche, who have won seven of their last eight games. Giguere, who backstopped the Ducks to the 2007 Stanley Cup, made his first start in Anaheim since being traded to Toronto on January 31, 2010. Colorado played its first game without young forward Matt Duchene, who will be out at least a month with a knee injury. Jonas Hiller surrendered four goals on 26 shots for Anaheim, which has dropped six of seven.