National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Updated: January 31, 2013

Final Score: Ottawa 5, Montreal 1

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) – Daniel Alfredsson, Mika Zibanejad and Chris Phillips scored in the second period, as the Ottawa Senators downed the Montreal Canadiens, 5-1, at Scotiabank Place. Jim O’Brien and Chris Neil added tallies for the Senators, who have won two in a row since a two-game losing streak. Craig Anderson continued his strong early play, stopping 31-of-32 shots. With a victory in his 300th NHL game, the 31-year-old native of suburban Chicago improved to 5-0-1 this season. Tomas Plekanec recorded the lone goal and Peter Budaj was tagged for all five goals on 27 shots for the Canadiens, whose four-game win streak came to a halt.

Final Score: Minnesota 3, Chicago 2 (SO)

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) – Matt Cullen scored the winner in the shootout as the Minnesota Wild handed the Chicago Blackhawks their first loss of the season in a 3-2 decision from Xcel Energy Center. Cullen also scored in regulation while Cal Clutterbuck scored the other goal for the Wild, who have won two straight. Josh Harding started the game in net for Minnesota, but was pulled after giving up two goals on four shots. Niklas Backstrom was stellar in relief, turning aside all 28 shots he faced for the win. Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw scored for the Blackhawks, who were off to the franchise’s best start to a season with six straight wins coming into Wednesday’s game. Corey Crawford made 23 stops in the loss.

Final Score: Edmonton 2, Phoenix 1 (OT)

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) – Nail Yakupov scored with 1:08 left in overtime to help the Edmonton Oilers take a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday. On the power play in the extra session, a shot from Taylor Hall at the right point hit off the hand of Ray Whitney in the slot and popped into the air. Parked at the right side, Yakupov whacked it in for the winner. Lennart Petrell scored the other goal, while Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 shots in the win for the Oilers, who have won three of their last four games. Nick Johnson scored with 19 seconds left in regulation to help the Coyotes come away with one point. Chad Johnson made 19 saves as Phoenix lost for a fifth time in seven games thus far in the shortened season.

Final Score: Vancouver 3, Colorado 0

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) – Roberto Luongo earned his 61st career shutout with a 24-save performance, and the Vancouver Canucks resumed their mastery of the offensively-challenged Colorado Avalanche with a 3-0 win at Rogers Arena. Jason Garrison and Maxim Lapierre each potted their first goal of the season, and Zack Kassian added a power-play marker. The Canucks improved to 16-0-2 in the last 18 meetings with the Avalanche, who dropped to 0-4 on the road this season. They have scored one goal through the first three stops of their current four-game trek. Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots in defeat.