January 6, 2012
NHL roundup: Big third helps 'Canes beat Sabres
By Sports Network
Final Score: Carolina 4, Buffalo 2
Raleigh, NC - Cam Ward had 31 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes scored three goals in the third period Friday night to beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, and snap a two-game losing streak. Eric Staal led the way with three points, but Chad LaRose scored the go-ahead goal 8:10 into the third period after Jason Pominville had tied it for Buffalo less than two minutes earlier. Staal, Justin Faulk and Brandon Sutter scored the other goals for Carolina, which entered play with an Eastern Conference-worst 33 points. Thomas Vanek had a goal for Buffalo and Ryan Miller gave up three goals on 34 shots in the loss. The Sabres, who were coming off a 4-3 win over Edmonton on Tuesday, have dropped nine of their last 12. They haven't won back-to-back games since capturing four in a row from November 4-11.
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA - Henrik Lundqvist posted 37 saves as the red- hot New York Rangers took a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center. Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist while Brad Richards and Derek Stepan each scored a goal for the NHL-leading Rangers, who have won four straight and nine of their last 10. With 56 points, the Rangers sit atop the Eastern Conference and the NHL, three more than conference opponent Boston and three more the Western Conference-leading Vancouver. Ben Lovejoy scored the lone goal of the game for the Penguins, who have lost their past three games. Marc-Andre Fleury gave up all three goals on 21 shots in the loss.
Final Score: New Jersey 5, Florida 2
Newark, NJ - Patrik Elias, playing in his 1,000th career game, assisted on Ilya Kovalchuk's go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Florida Panthers, 5-2, on Friday Elias had a goal and two assists and joined Ken Daneyko and teammate Martin Brodeur as the only players to reach the 1,000-game mark as career-long Devils. Since being selected in the second round of the 1994 draft by the Devils, Elias has gone on to become New Jersey's all-time regular-season leader in just about every single offensive category. Kovalchuk had two goals for the Devils, who snapped a two-game skid, while Adam Henrique and Zach Parise both had a goal and an assist. Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for the victors. Mikael Samuelsson and Krystofer Barch lit the lamp for the Panthers, who have lost two in a row and six of eight. Jacob Markstrom turned aside 24-of-27 shots. Barch returned from a one-game suspension for uttering a racial remark in the direction of Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban last week.
Final Score: Colorado 4, Chicago 0
Chicago, IL - Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots for his second shutout of the season as the surging Colorado Avalanche handed the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-0 defeat at United Center. David Van Der Gulik, Chuck Kobasew, T.J. Galiardi and David Jones all scored for the Avalanche, who have won nine of their last 10 games. Corey Crawford stopped 18 shots for the Blackhawks, who have dropped three straight for the third time this season.