National Hockey League Game Capsules – Charlotte Observer
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – The Ottawa Senators ended their recent home struggles with a 7-2 rout of the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Milan Michalek scored two goals and added an assist for the Senators, who snapped a three-game losing streak at Canadian Tire Centre. Kyle Turris, Mike Hoffman and Alex Chiasson each had a goal and one assist as Ottawa won for just the second time in its last six games overall. Derek Roy and Mark Fayne supplied the goals for Edmonton, which fell to 2-3-0 on its six-game road trip.
Final Score: Montreal 2, Toronto 1 (SO)
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) – James van Riemsdyk missed the net in the third round of the shootout, and Montreal clipped Toronto, 2-1, at Bell Centre. Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais converted their chances for the hosts while Tyler Bozak failed for the Leafs. All Carey Price had to do was stop Mike Santorelli to lock up the contest, but the latter scored to keep the visitors alive. Brendan Gallagher failed on his shot to open the final round but van Riemsdyk pushed his attempt wide and to the left to give the Habs an extra point. Gallagher tallied in regulation and Price ended up with 28 saves for the Canadiens, who improved to 4-0-1 in their last five games. Daniel Winnik provided the offense for the Maple Leafs, while Jonathan Bernier turned away 31 pucks in Toronto’s third consecutive defeat.
Final Score: Winnipeg 5, Detroit 4 (SO)
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – In his second game with Winnipeg, Drew Stafford scored his first goal as a Jet and added the shootout winner in the Jets’ 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. Michael Hutchinson made 25 saves through regulation and overtime, and he stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout, making him a perfect 11-of-11 in the shootout during his career. Chris Thorburn, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd also tallied goals for the Jets, and Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers all had two assists to get points in five of their last six games. The Red Wings lost their six-game home winning streak despite getting 34 saves from Jimmy Howard, including six in overtime. Pavel Datsyuk scored a pair of goals and added an assist, and Niklas Kronwall and Darren Helm lit the lamp for Detroit. Tomas Tatar had two assists.
Final Score: NY Islanders 6, Columbus 3
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – John Tavares had four points and the New York Islanders scored three goals in the third period to double up the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Saturday for their fourth consecutive win. Tavares, who leads the Islanders in points, hadn’t scored in their previous three wins but found the net twice in the last 13 minutes against Columbus to seal the win. Frans Nielsen scored the go-ahead goal earlier in the third, Josh Bailey had two goals and Ryan Strome also scored for the Metropolitan Division leaders. Bailey chipped in an assist for three points. Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves and the Islanders extended their winning streak to 11 games over division opponents since a loss in Washington on Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving. Brandon Dubinsky, Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno scored for the Blue Jackets, who opened a five-game road trip. Anton Forsberg faced 46 shots, stopping 40.
Final Score: Nashville 3, New Jersey 1
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – Colin Wilson scored the winning goal with 3:27 to play as the Nashville Predators nabbed a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Craig Smith and Matt Cullen each added a goal and an assist, while Pekka Rinne stopped 21 shots for the Predators, who have won five straight. Steve Bernier had the only goal of the game for the Devils, who have dropped their past four games. Cory Schneider allowed all three goals on 38 shots.
Final Score: Minnesota 6, Carolina 3
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Thomas Vanek’s two first-period goals helped the Minnesota Wild earn a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Vanek scored both goals within the first 8 1/2 minutes of the game, and he added an assist later to help Minnesota extend its point streak to 10 games (8-0-2). The Wild also got goals from Jordan Schroeder, Nate Prosser, Erik Haula and Zach Parise. Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves in the win. Carolina lost for the second straight game after falling in an early 3-0 hole. Anton Khudobin allowed five goals on 23 shots. Andrej Nestrasil, Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm tallied goals for the Hurricanes.
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Arizona 1
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes, Marc Staal and Lee Stempniak scored in the third period, and the New York Rangers gave head coach Alain Vigneault his 500th career victory with a 5-1 decision over Arizona on Saturday. Chris Kreider picked up a first-period marker for the Rangers, who swept their three-game road trip and outscored the opposition 16-8 in the process. Cam Talbot buttressed his offense with a 34-save effort including a penalty-shot stop against Tobias Rieder. Antoine Vermette provided the sole offense for the Coyotes, who have dropped three straight and five of their last six. Mike Smith gave up all five scores on 33 shots.
Final Score: Colorado 4, Dallas 1
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Jarome Iginla recorded a milestone goal and Semyon Varlamov added 24 saves as Colorado claimed a 4-1 victory over Dallas at Pepsi Center. Gabriel Landeskog, Alex Tanguay and Dennis Everberg also found the back of the net for the Avalanche, who put an end to a four-game losing streak. Jason Spezza notched the lone score for the Stars, whose three- game win streak came to a halt. Jhonas Enroth made 26 stops in his Dallas debut.
Final Score: Calgary 3, Vancouver 2
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – Lance Bouma scored the winning goal early in the third period to lead the Calgary Flames in a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Sean Monahan scored twice and Jiri Hudler had two assists for the Flames, who have won five of their last seven games. Karri Ramo turned away 28 shots in the win. Linden Vey and Ronalds Kenins each scored for the Canucks, who had won three of four coming into the contest. Ryan Miller allowed all three goals on 34 shots.
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Washington 1
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Trevor Lewis and Jarret Stoll scored in the third period to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Dwight King also scored for the Kings, who have won four in a row for the first time since a six-game winning streak Oct. 12-26. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves. Alex Ovechkin scored Washington’s goal 1:55 into the third period, which came just 98 seconds after Lewis gave the Kings a 2-0 lead.