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|Monday, 03 February 2014 17:12|
By The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Abdelkader scored early in the second period and again in the final seconds while Jimmy Howard finished off a shutout that Jonas Gustavsson started for the Detroit Red Wings in a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Two Red Wings goalies combined on a shutout for the first time since Oct. 27, 2001, when Manny Legace and Dominik Hasek did it in a 1-0 win at Nashville, according to STATS.
Gustavsson started and stopped all eight shots he faced in the first period, but didn't return to play because of dizziness. Howard had 16 saves and stopped David Booth on a second-period penalty shot.
The Canucks had coach John Tortorella behind their bench and forward Henrik Sedin on the ice after both missed six games.
Tortorella was suspended for 15 days by the NHL for his conduct after a brawl in a game against the Calgary Flames. Tortorella went to Calgary's locker room following the first period, which began with several fights.
Sedin had been out since he was unable to finish the Jan. 18 game against Calgary because of an upper-body injury.
PENGUINS 2, SENATORS 1, OT
PITTSBURGH (AP) - James Neal scored at 3:05 of overtime to give Pittsburgh a victory over Ottawa.
Neal netted his 18th of the season and scored his first goal in nine games for the Penguins, who won for the 16th time in 17 home games and are 23-4 at Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh also avoided back-to-back regulation losses for the first time since dropping three straight in early November.
Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stopped Robert Bortuzzo from the slot in overtime, but the rebound popped out to Neal, who dragged the puck around a Senators defender before dumping a shot past an out-of-position Anderson and into an empty net.
Ottawa's Stephane Da Costa and Pittsburgh's Brian Gibbons scored in the first period.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves for his league-leading 30th win. Anderson turned aside 46 shots in a hard-luck loss.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who leads the NHL with 75 points, was held without a point and hasn't scored a goal in five games, his longest drought since a seven-game slump earlier this season.
AVALANCHE 2, DEVILS 1, OT
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Ryan O'Reilly scored a power-play goal 28 seconds into overtime and Colorado rallied to beat New Jersey.
The Avalanche tied the game with 1:47 left in regulation on a goal by PA Parenteau after they pulled goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 2:30 remaining.
Devils defenseman Andy Greene was called for a penalty shortly after Parenteau's goal, and the man advantage carried into overtime. O'Reilly ended it by tipping Matt Duchene's pass by goalie Cory Schneider for his 21st of the season, giving Colorado its fourth straight win.
It marked the third straight game in which New Jersey has given up a late goal to force overtime. The Devils have lost their last two.
Ryan Carter scored in the first period for New Jersey.
Giguere finished with 27 saves.
OILERS 3, SABRES 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Matt Hendricks' short-handed goal 57 seconds into the third period lifted Edmonton over Buffalo in a matchup of the NHL's two worst teams.
Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry also scored for the Oilers, and David Perron had two assists. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 42 shots in helping Edmonton snap an 0-5-1 skid against the Sabres dating to October 2003.
The Oilers (19-33-6) earned their fourth win in five games and bounced back from a 4-0 loss at Boston on Saturday.
Drew Stafford and Steve Ott scored for the Sabres (15-32-8), who dropped six points behind the Oilers in the overall standings. Buffalo dropped to 4-8-4 in its past 16 games, and 0-4-3 in its last seven at home.
Sabres forward Marcus Foligno had a potential tying goal waved off with 10:25 left when referee Gord Dwyer ruled the whistle had blown before the puck went in.