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|Tuesday, 26 March 2013 18:43|
Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 22 shots he faced but did not play in the third period following a collision in front of the Penguins' net. Tomas Vokoun filled in and made 15 saves to give Pittsburgh just the fourth combined shutout in franchise history.
Fleury appeared woozy after getting slammed into by teammate Tyler Kennedy and Montreal's Brian Gionta late in the second period. He laid on the ice for a moment to collect himself, but did not come out of the dressing room for the third.
Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadiens, but couldn't stop Montreal from losing consecutive games for the first time this season.
Crosby finally broke through in a tight game with 6:41 remaining in the second period, taking a long lead pass from Chris Kunitz then sending a wrist shot from the right circle over Price's right shoulder for his 15th goal of the season.
RANGERS 5, FLYERS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rick Nash scored twice, Derek Stepan had a goal and three assists, and New York extended its dominance of Philadelphia.
Brad Richards and Chris Kreider also scored for New York, which has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Philadelphia. Rangers coach John Tortorella became the 30th coach in NHL history to reach 400 wins, and his team maintained its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia, which lost for the third time in four games against New York this season and fell further out of the playoff race. The Flyers began the day in 13th place, five points behind the Rangers.
BLACKHAWKS 2, FLAMES 0
CHICAGO (AP) - Ray Emery made 16 saves for his first shutout in more than three years, defensemen Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook scored, and Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak.
Emery improved to 12-0 in recording his 12th career shutout, and first since Feb. 1, 2010, when he blanked the Flames while with Philadelphia.
Emery was tested several times, but the Blackhawks outshot the Flames 35-16 in sending them to their 10th straight road loss (0-9-1).
MAPLE LEAFS 3, PANTHERS 2
TORONTO (AP) - Joffrey Lupul scored twice in the third period, and Ben Scrivens made 40 saves in Toronto's victory over Florida.
Lupul scored on a power play 22 seconds into the third to put Toronto ahead 2-1. Florida tied it 23 seconds later when Shawn Matthias banked in the puck off Leafs defenseman Mike Kostka, and Lupul brought the Air Canada Centre crowd to its feet again at 3:12 with his second of the game.
Lupul has six goals in four games since returning from a broken forearm.
Scrivens preserved the one-goal lead with a glove save off Tyson Strachan with 7:15 left.
Dion Phaneuf also scored for Toronto. Tomas Fleischmann also scored for Florida.
ISLANDERS 3, CAPITALS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - John Tavares broke a tie with 5:18 left to help New York beat Washington.
Matt Moulson forced a turnover by Washington defenseman Mike Green next to the Capitals' net and fed Tavares in the right circle for his 20th goal of the season. Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders.
Mike Ribeiro and John Carlson scored for Washington.
New York's Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves.
Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots for Washington.
JETS 4, HURRICANES 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Evander Kane had a goal and three assists to lead Winnipeg past Carolina.
Kane assisted Olli Jokinen's goal in the first period and goals by Tobias Enstrom and Alexander Burmistrov in the second to help the Jets extend their lead in the Southeast Division to six points over Carolina, which is in the midst of a 0-5-1 slide.
Ondrej Pavelec had 38 saves for Winnipeg.
Kane was credited with a third-period goal when Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain swatted at the puck and knocked it into the net past Justin Peters.
Jiri Tlusty scored his 14th of the season for Carolina, which has scored one goal in each of its past five games.
OILERS 3, BLUES 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 43 shots and Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist and Edmonton shut out St. Louis.
The victory was the first for the Oilers in four games, which included a 3-0 loss to the Blues on Saturday in Edmonton. It was the Oilers' first win in St. Louis since Dec. 11, 2009.
Taylor Hall, who assisted on both of Eberle's goals, also scored. It was his eighth of the season off a rebound from Eberle, who skated in on a breakaway.
LIGHTNING 2, SABRES 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist and Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo.
Buffalo, which came into the game riding a three-game winning streak, was held to just 14 shots.
Stamkos scored his league-leading 23rd goal of the season off a deflection past Ryan Miller at 16:01 of the first period.
St. Louis extended the lead to 2-0 at 8:15 of the second period with a power-play goal off a sharp pass from Teddy Purcell.
Jordan Leopold scored for Buffalo at 16:52 of the third period.
Ryan Miller had 21 saves for the Sabres.