NHL roundup: Malkin, Pens crush Lightning
|Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins carries the puck through center ice in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 25, 2012 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFP
Final Score: Pittsburgh 8, Tampa Bay 1
Pittsburgh, PA - Evgeni Malkin recorded his ninth career hat trick and second against the Lightning this season, as the Pittsburgh Penguins routed Tampa Bay, 8-1, on Saturday. Jordan Staal scored twice while Chris Kunitz and Matt Cooke also tallied for Pittsburgh, which has won eight of its last nine home games. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 shots in the win. Teddy Purcell was the lone scorer for the Bolts, who have lost two in a row since winning three straight. Dwayne Roloson was torched for all eight goals on 34 shots.
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Buffalo 2 (OT)
New York, NY - Ryan Callahan's 100th career goal came with 2:01 left in overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. In the extra session, Ryan McDonagh received a pass from Callahan and skated the puck into the Buffalo zone up the middle. He passed it over to the top of the right circle where a skating Callahan kicked it to his stick, slid the puck under the stick of a defender then snapped a forehand past Ryan Miller. Carl Hagelin had a goal and an assist, while Marian Gaborik also scored for the Rangers, who had dropped three of four coming in. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 18 shots in the win. Drew Stafford scored both goals for the Sabres, who had won three straight coming in. Miller gave up three goals on 28 shots.
Final Score: Colorado 4, Detroit 3
Detroit, MI - The Detroit Red Wings started a new home streak against Colorado on Saturday: a losing one. Standout rookie Gabriel Landeskog netted his 17th and 18th goals of the season, and new linemate Steve Downie registered a goal and two assists in the Avalanche's 4-3 win. Ryan O'Reilly, the centerman between Landeskog and Downie, picked up three helpers. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves for Colorado, which has won three in a row and improved to 6-2-1 in its last nine to stay in the thick of the race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Jiri Hudler scored two of Detroit's three third-period goals. Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight at Joe Louis Arena and three consecutive games overall. Detroit, of course, was riding an NHL- record 23-game home winning streak before losing in a shootout to Vancouver on Thursday.
Final Score: Florida 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
Raleigh, NC - Stephen Weiss scored the game-winning goal in the third round of the shootout, as the Florida Panthers rallied to take a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center. Weiss picked up the puck and went in on goal with speed. He made a quick move to his backhand and squeezed the puck through the pads of Hurricanes' netminder Justin Peters. Jose Theodore stopped 2-of-3 shooters in the shootout and made 26 saves in to record the win. Wojtek Wolski, who was acquired by the Panthers earlier on Saturday from the New York Rangers, and Tomas Fleischmann scored for Florida, which snapped a four-game losing streak and moved back into a first place tie with the Winnipeg Jets in the Southeast Division. Justin Falk and Jussi Jokinen scored and Peters made 42 saves in defeat for the Hurricanes, who have dropped three of their last four.
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Chicago 0
Los Angeles, CA - Dustin Brown scored the first three goals of the game, earning his first hat trick of the season, leading Los Angeles to a 4-0 win over Chicago at Staples Center. Willie Mitchell also tallied and Jonathan Quick stopped all 19 shots he faced for his seventh shutout this season for the Kings, who put the brakes on a four-game skid. Corey Crawford was pulled after yielding four goals on 10 shots in less than two periods for the Blackhawks, who have lost two in a row after winning four straight. Ray Emery finished the game by making 20 saves.
Final Score: Nashville 6, San Jose 2
Nashville, TN - Shea Weber scored twice as the Nashville Predators pummeled the San Jose Sharks, 6-2, at Bridgestone Arena. Colin Wilson had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who have won four of their last five. Pekka Rinne stopped 32 shots in the win. Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau each post a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have fallen in six of their last seven games. Antti Niemi started in net but was pulled in the first as he gave up three goals on seven shots. Thomas Greiss finished the game between the pipes and stopped 11-of-13 shots.