March 26, 2012
NHL roundup: Isles top Panthers in SO
By SPORTS NETWORK
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Florida 2 (SO)
Sunrise, FL - Frans Nielsen scored the game-winning goal in the first round of the shootout, lifting the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday at BankAtlantic Center. Nielsen picked up the puck and went in on goal with speed. He held the puck as long as he could before making a quick move to the backhand and lifting it under the crossbar and behind Panthers' netminder Jose Theodore. Evgeni Nabokov stopped John Madden, Wojtek Wolski and Marcel Goc to seal the win for New York. Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo scored in regulation and Nabokov posted 33 saves in the victory for the Isles, Tomas Fleischmann had a goal and an assist and Stephen Weiss also lit the lamp for the Panthers and Theodore gave up two goals on 37 shots. Florida's lead in the Southeast Division is down to three points over the Washington Capitals, who topped Minnesota earlier on Sunday.
Final Score: Washington 3, Minnesota 0
Washington, DC - Braden Holtby posted 28 saves for his first shutout of the season to help the Washington Capitals take a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild. Alex Ovechkin posted a goal and an assist, while Jason Chimera and Mathieu Perreault also scored for the Capitals, who had dropped four of five coming into the game. The win for Washington gives the team possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The team is tied with idle Buffalo for points with 84, but Washington holds the tiebreaker and each team has six games to play. Washington will host Buffalo on Tuesday. Matt Hackett gave up all three goals on 23 shots for the Wild, who have lost five of their last seven.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, New Jersey 2
Pittsburgh, PA - Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each posted a goal and an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins posted a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins moved to 100 points on the season, their third straight 100-point campaign. The team is one back of the New York Rangers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference as both teams have seven games to play. Pascal Dupuis, Jordan Staal and Chris Kunitz each added a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have won three of four and bounced back from Saturday's 8-4 loss to Ottawa. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed two goals on 34 shots for his 41st win of the season, a new career-high. Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk each had a goal for the Devils, who have lost four of five. Martin Brodeur allowed four goals on 27 shots in the loss. New Jersey sits in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, six points behind Philadelphia and four ahead of Ottawa.
Final Score: Nashville 6, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL - Pekka Rinne posted 24 stops to collect his 41st win of the season, tying him with Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury for the league lead, and the Nashville Predators topped the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-1 in a Central Division battle at United Center on Sunday. Mike Fisher, Shea Weber, Matt Halischuk and Patric Hornqvist contributed a goal and an assist each, while Francis Bouillon and Andrei Kostitsyn scored for the Predators, who have won two straight and three of their last five games. With the victory, the Predators moved into fourth place in the Western Conference with 96 points, one ahead of the idle Detroit Red Wings. Viktor Stalberg scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Corey Crawford was lit up for four tallies on just 15 shots, while Ray Emery gave up two goals on nine shots. Chicago remains firmly entrenched in sixth place in the West, five points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes, who lost to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
Final Score: Boston 3, Anaheim 2
Anaheim, CA - It wasn't hard to tell what Bruce Boudreau thought of the call that might have cost his team a point. If you missed the Anaheim Ducks coach screaming from the bench Sunday after a third period goal was waived off against the Boston Bruins because of skater interference, Boudreau's postgame comments made it clear he thought his team was hosed. Marty Turco had 25 saves in his first win for the Bruins, a 3-2 squeaker over the Ducks that finished amid controversy. Hubbub followed what appeared to be a tying goal by Anaheim's Matt Beleskey's from the left circle in the last period, which would have made it 2-2. But it was waived off because Andrew Cogliano was in the crease, standing in front of Turco as the puck sailed past him. Afterward, the NHL cited a rule saying it's up to the referee to determine if a player who is well inside the crease is impairing a goaltender's ability to make a save. Brian Rolston scored Boston's third goal minutes later and Lubomir Visnovsky drew the Ducks within 3-2 with 2:29 remaining, but they could never find the equalizer. Zdeno Chara and Benoit Pouliot also scored goals for the Bruins, No. 2 in the Eastern Conference standings, who won their second game in a row. Teemu Selanne had a power play goal for Anaheim while Jonas Hiller gave up three goals on 25 shots. The Ducks had a two-game winning streak stopped and are 11 points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference with six games left.
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Phoenix 0
Glendale, AZ - Brian Elliott stopped 20 shots for his seventh shutout of the season as the St. Louis Blues downed the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-0. St. Louis gave itself some room in the chase for the Presidents' Trophy as the team has 103 points and is two ahead of the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. Also, St. Louis holds a four-point lead over Vancouver for the top spot in the Western Conference. Phoenix, meanwhile, missed its chance to take over the lead in the Pacific Division. The team is tied with Dallas in points for the division lead, but the Stars have two games in hand. Phoenix sits in seventh in the conference, one ahead of idle Los Angeles. Alex Pietrangelo and David Backes each posted a goal and an assist for the Blues, who had dropped four of five coming into the contest. Kevin Shattenkirk had three assists in the win. Jason LaBarbera gave up all four goals on 29 shots for the Coyotes, who have dropped three of four.