National Hockey League game capsules for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Colorado 2 (SO)
Denver, CO - Mason Raymond scored the lone goal in the shootout, as the Vancouver Canucks rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche were in position snap their skid, staring at an empty net with a lead in hand, but Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa made a diving stop on T.J. Galiardi's bid to cement the win. Moments later, it was Bieksa sending the game to overtime as his shot from between the circles eluded Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 34.1 seconds remaining. After the five-minute session, Raymond, the fourth shooter in the tiebreaker, sped down the right wing and beat Giguere with a shot through the pads. Vancouver's Roberto Luongo then turned away a backhander from Ryan O'Reilly to secure the additional point and hand Colorado its fifth consecutive loss, all by one goal. Luongo made 44 saves for the Canucks, who have won four of their last five games. Giguere stopped 27 shots for Colorado.
Final Score: New Jersey 6, Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia, PA - Kurtis Foster scored two power-play goals and collected an assist, as the New Jersey Devils fended off a valiant comeback effort by the Philadelphia Flyers to escape the Wells Fargo Center with a 6-4 win Saturday afternoon. When Foster struck on another two-man advantage, his tally gave the visitors a 6-0 cushion. And the contest hadn't even reached the midway point. New Jersey goaltender Johan Hedberg made 17 saves through the first two periods, but was beaten four times on 24 shots in the third. Ultimately, the Flyers rally fell short. Ilya Kovalchuk registered a goal and two assists for the Devils, who have won three in a row after going into the All-Star break with three consecutive losses. Sergei Bobrovsky surrendered six New Jersey goals on 23 shots and was replaced by Ilya Bryzgalov in the second period. Bryzgalov finished with eight saves -- he needed to make only one in the third -- for Philadelphia, which had gained at least a point in its previous five games (3-0-2).
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Boston 1
Boston, MA - Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Boston Bruins, 2-1, at TD Garden. Evgeni Malkin and Matt Cooke tallied goals for the Penguins, winners in nine of their last 10 games. Joe Corvo lit the lamp and Tim Thomas stopped 26-of-28 shots for Boston, which lost for the third time in four tries.
Final Score: Buffalo 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)
Uniondale, NY - Brad Boyes netted the game-winning goal in the first round of the shootout to cap a comeback as the Buffalo Sabres rallied to top the New York Islanders, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum. Boyes picked up the puck and moved in slowly on Isles netminder Al Montoya. Boyes waited for Montoya to make a move and fired a quick wrist shot past the glove side of the Montoya. Jason Pominville sealed the victory with a goal in the second round of the shootout, while Ryan Miller stopped attempts from P.A. Parenteau and Frans Nielsen. Boyes added an assist, while Nathan Gerbe, Derek Roy and Paul Gaustad scored in regulation for the Sabres, who bounced back from 1-0 defeat to the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Miller made 35 saves. Nielsen finished with two goals and an assist and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders, who had their brief two-game winning streak halted. Montoya stopped 34-of-37 shots.
Final Score: Carolina 2, Los Angeles 1
Raleigh, NC - Jeff Skinner scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, on Saturday. Skinner battled down low and banged home the rebound of a Jussi Jokinen shot behind Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Bernier at 3:02. Jiri Tlusty provided a second-period goal for the Hurricanes, who have won three of their last four games. Cam Ward turned aside 24 shots to earn his 20th win of the season. He was coming off a 47-save performance in Thursday's 3-0 victory at Boston. The former Conn Smythe Trophy winner set a franchise record for the most saves ever by a Carolina netminder in a shutout. Anze Kopitar lit the lamp for Los Angeles, which has dropped the first two stops on its six-game road trip. Bernier made 20 saves in his first start since January 9.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 6, Florida 3
Tampa, FL - Martin St. Louis recorded his fifth career hat trick in his 900th NHL game, as the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated the Florida Panthers, 6-3. Vincent Lecavalier added a goal and three assists for the Lightning, who ended with a 4-1-1 record against Florida this season. Tampa Bay finished the season series with nine points against Florida, which is the most points it has ever accumulated in one year against its inner-state rival. Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay, which is 6-0-1 over its last seven games. Mathieu Garon made 17 saves. Sean Bergenheim ended with a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Fleischmann also lit the lamp. Scott Clemmensen stopped 27-of-32 shots. Brian Foster made his NHL debut at the end of the second period, stopping the only shot he faced.
Final Score: Nashville 3, St. Louis 1
Nashville, TN - Pekka Rinne made 18 of his 41 saves in the third period, as the Nashville Predators took down the St. Louis Blues, 3-1. Rinne is in the midst of a personal 11-game win streak and hasn't lost since January 5. He has allowed two goals or less in all but one contest over his current win streak. Martin Erat had a goal and two assists for the Predators, who have won all four of their meetings with St. Louis this season. Sergei Kostitsyn and Mike Fisher also lit the lamp. Chris Porter scored the lone goal for the Blues, who have lost three of four and now sit one point back of Nashville for second place in the Central Division. Jaroslav Halak stopped 34- of-36 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Phoenix 5, San Jose 3
Glendale, AZ - Lauri Korpikoski netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the third period as the Phoenix Coyotes skated past the San Jose Sharks, 5-3, on Saturday. Radim Vrbata finished with a goal and an assist while Martin Hanzal and Raffi Torres scored for the Coyotes, who got 32 saves from Mike Smith as they bounced back from a 4-1 loss to the Pacific Division rival Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. Patrick Marleau finished with a goal and an assist, while Jamie McGinn and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Antti Niemi made 19 saves and Ryan Clowe added three assists in defeat.
Final Score: Dallas 2, Minnesota 1 (SO)
Dallas, TX - Jamie Benn scored the winner in the shootout as the Dallas Stars took a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. In the second round, Benn cut out to the right before coming back to the middle and snapping a wrister into the left side of the net past Niklas Backstrom. Jared Spurgeon had the last chance for Minnesota, but Kari Lehtonen made a stop on the wrister for the win. Mike Ribeiro scored the lone goal for the Stars, who have won three of four. Lehtonen made 33 saves in the win. Kyle Brodziak scored the only goal of the game for the Wild, who have lost six of nine. Backstrom turned away 25 shots in the loss.