Pens shut out Isles; Ducks edge jackets
Pittsburgh 1, NY Islanders 0
Pittsburgh - Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for his second shutout of the season while Craig Adams scored the lone goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center. Dustin Jeffrey and Arron Asham assisted on the only goal of the contest to help the Penguins win for a fifth time in six games. Pittsburgh goes into the All-Star break with a record of 31-15-4, good for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference and second position in the Atlantic Division behind Philadelphia. The Pens were without the services of star forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Both players will sit out the upcoming All-Star game as Crosby continues his recovery from a concussion while Malkin has a balky knee and sinus infection. Kevin Poulin was sharp as he stopped 30-of-31 shots, but it was not enough to prevent the Islanders from falling for a seventh time in the past nine games.
Anaheim 3, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH - Jason Blake scored his 200th career NHL goal in his 800th game, and the Anaheim Ducks capped a four-game road trip with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Saku Koivu and Lubomir Visnovsky both collected two assists for the Ducks, who have won seven of their last nine games. Jonas Hiller made 35 saves to record his league-leading 25th win of the season. Rick Nash and Derick Brassard scored power-play goals for Columbus, which saw its point streak (3-0-2) end at five games. Steve Mason stopped 19 shots in defeat.
Florida 4, NY Rangers 3
New York - Mike Weaver was credited with the game-winning goal with 8:19 left in the third period, as the Florida Panthers defeated the New York Rangers, 4-3, at Madison Square Garden. Rostislav Olesz, Keaton Ellerby and Mike Santorelli also scored for the Panthers, who halted a four-game winless skid but earned at least one point for the seventh time in their last eight games overall (4-1-3). Tomas Vokoun finished with 32 saves in the win. Brandon Prust, Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan scored for New York, which closed the month of January with a 7-6-1 mark. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals on 17 shots.
Minnesota 4, Chicago 2
Chicago - Martin Havlat was one of four different Minnesota goal scorers and Niklas Backstrom was solid with 31 saves, as the Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, at United Center. Antti Miettinen, Chuck Kobasew and Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for the Wild, who have won four of their last five games and moved within one point of idle Colorado for second place in the Northwest Division. Patrick Sharp and Troy Brouwer tallied for the Blackhawks, who have lost two straight games and finished the month of January with a 6-4-1 mark. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 22 shots.