December 7, 2013 Sections
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DENVER - Johan Franzen scored two goals, including the tiebreaker with 12:50 remaining, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 38 shots, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 win over Colorado on Thursday night and snapping the Avalanche's six-game winning streak under new coach Patrick Roy.
Pavel Datsyuk also had two goals, and Daniel Alfredsson added three assists for the Red Wings, who lost dependable defenceman Niklas Kronwall early when he was carried off the ice on a stretcher after being rammed into the boards by Cody McLeod.
Erik Johnson and Gabriel Landeskog scored for the Avalanche, who finished a win short of matching the franchise record for best start (7-0), set by the 1985-86 Quebec Nordiques.
Datsyuk sealed the win when he scored off his own rebound with 6:25 left.
STARS 4, SHARKS 3, SO
DALLAS (AP) — Cody Eakin tied it at 12:58 of the second period and rookie Alex Chiasson scored the only goal of the shootout as Dallas ended San Jose's perfect start to the season.
The Sharks (6-0-1) fell one game shy of tying last season's, team-record 7-0 start.
Dallas also got goals from Tyler Seguin and Trevor Daley. Dan Ellis stopped 32 shots.
Tyler Kennedy, Matthew Nieto and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose. Antti Niemi made 28 saves.
The Stars outshot San Jose 31-29 in regulation, but the Sharks recorded all five shots in overtime.
PENGUINS 4, FLYERS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sidney Crosby, Jussi Jokinen and Chris Kunitz scored, leading Pittsburgh past Philadelphia. Evgeni Malkin added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.
The Penguins were the latest team to beat the NHL-worst Flyers. Off to their worst start after eight games, the Flyers are 1-7 and mired in last place with two points.
Jokinen and Kunitz both scored in the second, and Marc-Andre Fleury made it stand with 24 saves.
Wayne Simmonds had the lone goal for the Flyers, who have yet to score more than two in a game this season.
Crosby, who has 29 career goals against the Flyers, has a career-best, seven-game point streak to start the season.
BLUES 3, BLACKHAWKS 2, SO
CHICAGO (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal in the shootout, Jaroslav Halak stopped all three Chicago shooters in the tiebreaker, and St. Louis Blues defeated the Blackhawks.
David Backes scored a power-play goal for St. Louis, and Alexander Steen was credited with an even-strength score in the Blues' first road game.
Marian Hossa scored on a breakaway and set up Brandon Pirri's first NHL goal for Chicago (4-1-2). All but one of the Blackhawks' games have been decided by one goal.
The Blues (5-1) started the season with five straight home games, and won the first four before losing 6-2 to San Jose on Tuesday.
Chicago's Corey Crawford made 26 saves through overtime. Halak stopped 27 shots.
BRUINS 3, PANTHERS 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Reilly Smith scored the winning goal with 59 seconds left, and Boston beat Florida.
Smith backhanded the puck between the legs of goalie Tim Thomas after a faceoff in the Panthers zone. The goal spoiled Thomas' first game against his former team since he joined Florida as a free agent.
Dougie Hamilton and Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask made 27 saves.
Jesse Winchester and Kris Versteeg scored for the Panthers, and the 39-year-old Thomas stopped 37 shots in his return to the lineup after sustaining a groin injury on Oct. 8.
KINGS 2, PREDATORS 1, SO
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Anze Kopitar scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting Los Angeles over Nashville.
Slava Voynov scored in regulation time for the Kings, who have won four of five.
In the tiebreaker, Kopitar skated down the right side and elevated a backhander over the left shoulder of Pekka Rinne.
Matt Cullen scored his first goal with the Predators at 10:33 of the opening period for the early lead. Nashville finished a five-game homestand 3-2.
LIGHTNING 3, WILD 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal with 5:04 left and Tampa Bay topped Minnesota.
Stamkos gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead when he skated in from the right wing boards and lifted an in-close shot over goalie Josh Harding during 4-on-4 play. Sami Salo added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop made a series of saves midway through the second period, including one on solid scoring chances by Jason Pominville and Dany Heatley.
Mikko Koivu scored for Minnesota, which was coming off a loss at Toronto. Harding, who entered with an 0.94 goals-against-average, made a pad save on Stamkos during a two-man breakaway late in the second.
Koivu tied it at 1 from the low left circle at 11:05 of the third.
Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis was in the lineup two days after taking a shot off his skate during a victory over Los Angeles.
ISLANDERS 3, OILERS 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — John Tavares netted the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and the New York Islanders overcame a quick scoring spurt by Edmonton's Taylor Hall.
Tavares beat goalie Devan Dubnyk with a snap shot in front with 1:07 left in the second off a pass from Kyle Okposo. It was the fourth goal of the season for the Islanders captain.
Okposo had scored his second of the season during a power play at 4:54 of the second to make it 2-2. Josh Bailey put New York ahead 1-0 in the first before Hall struck.
Hall gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead when he scored a pair of goals just 8 seconds apart in the first. That broke the club mark of 9 seconds, set by Wayne Gretzky on Feb. 18, 1981.
Tavares, who assisted on Okposo's goal, has points in six straight games. New York (3-2-2) has played six one-goal games this season.
The struggling Oilers fell to 1-6-1.
CANUCKS 3, SABRES 0
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Roberto Luongo made 25 saves in Vancouver's shutout win over Buffalo.
Brad Richardson, Chris Higgins and Ryan Stanton scored for the Canucks (5-3), who are off to their best start since they were 6-1-1 in 2005.
Luongo was tested with 11 shots in the third period before finishing his first shutout since Feb. 22 at Nashville.
The Sabres (1-7-1), winless at home this season, and were again booed off the ice after the second period.
Buffalo failed to build momentum after getting its first win of the season Tuesday at the New York Islanders. The Sabres didn't record their 10th shot until there was 5:35 left in the second period.
Ryan Miller made 31 saves for the Sabres, who were outshot 34-25.
Mike Santorelli assisted on both goals for Vancouver.
HURRICANES 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Ron Hainsey netted the winner in Carolina's three-goal third period against Toronto, which lost goalie James Reimer to an injury.
It was the Maple Leafs' first loss since Oct. 8.
Hainsey's goal was controversial because he banked a pass off the boards in his defensive zone that appeared to be icing. No Hurricanes player touched the puck, but Carolina forward Radek Dvorak beat Leafs defencemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Franson to the circles.
The linesman waived off icing, and goalie Jonathan Bernier didn't play the puck. It deflected off the boards, off his right skate and into the net.
Bernier allowed three goals on 14 shots in the third period after stopping the first 23 he faced in relief of Reimer, who left 32 seconds in with an apparent head injury. Toronto forward Josh Leivo accidentally collided with Reimer as the goalie was trying to cover the puck outside the crease.
Joffrey Lupul scored his sixth goal of the season 2:30 into the second period for Toronto. Leivo netted his first NHL goal 6:47 into the second.
Carolina defenceman Ryan Murphy scored a power-play goal at 2:54 of the third, and Eric Staal beat Bernier at 6:48.
CANADIENS 5, BLUE JACKETS 3
MONTREAL (AP) — Tomas Plekanec scored with 1:07 left to break a tie and added an empty-net goal to give Montreal a victory over Columbus.
Columbus was on a last minute power play when Plekanec pushed Brandon Prust's pass into the empty net with 16 seconds remaining. It was Montreal's second short-handed goal of the game after Andrei Markov's second-period effort.
Michael Bournival got his first NHL goal, and Rene Bourque also scored for Montreal (5-2), which has won four in a row. P.K. Subban had two assists for 10 points in his last six games
Rookie Boone Jenner scored his first two NHL goals, and Ryan Johansen got his first of the season for Columbus (2-4).
The Blue Jackets were missing Marian Gaborik (flu) and Nathan Horton (shoulder).
SENATORS 5, DEVILS 2
OTTAWA (AP) — Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and two assists to lead Ottawa over New Jersey.
It was the Senators' first victory at home after they spent the first two weeks of the season on the road.
Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Milan Michalek also scored, and Craig Anderson stopped 39 shots.
The Devils (0-4-3) are the only NHL team without a win this season.
Martin Brodeur was far from his best in facing 23 shots. Travis Zajac and Steve Bernier scored for New Jersey.