NHL roundup: Pens snap Philly losing streak
|James Neal of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his 30th goal of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 18, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia, PA - Matt Cooke scored two goals and set up Dustin Jeffrey's go-ahead tally early in the third period, as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-4, at the Wells Fargo Center. Pascal Dupuis and James Neal also scored in the third for the Penguins, who snapped a three-game losing streak against the Flyers and won for the third time in four games overall. Jordan Staal had a short-handed goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, while Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 30th win of the season with a 27-save effort. Jaromir Jagr scored two goals in an 18-second span during the first period for Philadelphia, which has dropped six of eight. Ilya Bryzgalov got the start in net for the Flyers, but was removed after surrendering three Pittsburgh goals on 13 shots. Sergei Bobrovsky posted 14 saves in relief.
Final Score: Chicago 6, Columbus 1
Columbus, OH - Corey Crawford stopped 33 shots while Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and two assists as Chicago pummeled Columbus, 6-1, at Nationwide Arena. Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist while Marcus Kruger, Sami Lepisto and Viktor Stalberg also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won their past two following a nine-game losing streak. Chicago went 2-6-1 in its season-high nine-game road trip. Derick Brassard scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who came into the game having won four of their past six. Steve Mason made the start for Columbus, but he was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 20 shots. After getting pulled, he was visibly upset as he was seen yelling at head coach Todd Richards.
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Minnesota 0
St. Louis, MO - Saturday might have been the easiest shutout of Brian Elliott's NHL career. The 26-year-old netminder needed to make just 13 saves to record his sixth shutout of the season and 15th of his career as the St. Louis Blues blanked the Minnesota Wild, 4-0, at Scottrade Center. Ryan Reaves, Barret Jackman, Andy McDonald and Vladimir Sobotka scored, while Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk added a pair of assists each for the Blues, who have won six of their last seven and five straight at home. Josh Harding was tagged for all four goals on 34 shots for the skidding Wild, who have lost seven straight games.
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Carolina 3
Uniondale, NY - John Tavares had two goals and an assist to lead the New York Islanders past the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum. Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Islanders, while P.A. Parenteau added three assists as New York continued to alternate wins and losses over its last eight games. Kevin Poulin stopped 33- of-36 shots to earn the win. Brandon Sutter, Jiri Tlusty and Jaroslav Spacek each lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who had their season-high six- game point streak (4-0-2) snapped. Cam Ward allowed three goals on 21 shots through two periods, but did not return for the third because of a lower body injury. Justin Peters stopped 9-of-10 shots in relief.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 2, Washington 1
Tampa, FL - Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 40th goal and the Tampa Bay Lightning held on to down the Washington Capitals, 2-1, on Saturday night. Tom Pyatt also scored for Tampa Bay and Mathieu Garon made 23 saves, including eight in the third period to protect a 2-1 lead. Brooks Laich scored for the Capitals, who have lost nine of their last 13, and Tomas Vokoun allowed two goals on 23 shots. Defenseman Pavel Kubina was scratched from the lineup amid reports Tampa Bay had traded him to the Philadelphia Flyers for a pair of draft picks.