National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Updated: February 3, 2013

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, New Jersey 1

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins thumped the New Jersey Devils, 5-1, at CONSOL Energy Center. Kris Letang, Brandon Sutter and Robert Bortuzzo each lit the lamp for the Penguins, who got their first home win of the season in three tries. Marc-Andre Fleury needed to make just 15 stops for the win. Andy Greene scored the lone goal of the game for the Devils, who have dropped four straight games. Martin Brodeur was tagged for all five goals on 30 shots.

Final Score: Montreal 6, Buffalo 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) – Rene Bourque and David Desharnais each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens thumped the Buffalo Sabres, 6-1, on Saturday. Lars Eller posted a goal and two assists while P.K. Subban posted an assist in his season debut for the Canadiens, who have won five of their last six games. Carey Price made 30 saves in the win. Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who have lost five of their last six games. Ryan Miller started in net, but was pulled at the start of the third after giving up four goals on 21 shots. Jhonas Enroth stopped 9-of-11 in 20 minutes of relief.

Final Score: Colorado 3, Edmonton 1

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – P.A. Parenteau and Jamie McGinn tallied in the second period to help Colorado overcome an early deficit and beat Edmonton, 3-1, at Pepsi Center. Paul Stastny added a late score and Matt Duchene posted two assists for the Avalanche, who have won two in a row since losing three straight. Semyon Varlamov stopped 25 shots for Colorado, which avenged a 4-1 loss to their foes in Edmonton on Monday. Nail Yakupov’s first-period marker was all for the Oilers, losers in three of their last five. Devan Dubnyk played well in defeat, making 37 saves.

Final Score: Boston 1, Toronto 0

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for his 12th career shutout as the Boston Bruins edged the Toronto Maple Leafs, 1-0, at Air Canada Centre. Chris Bourque, the son of Bruins legendary defenseman Ray Bourque, potted the lone goal in the first period. Boston tightened things up defensively Saturday night after allowing seven goals in Thursday’s loss to Buffalo, the club’s first in regulation this season. James Reimer recorded 33 saves in the Maple Leafs’ seventh straight loss to the Bruins.

Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Carolina 3

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Mike Knuble scored his first goal of the season in the second period and Claude Giroux added another tally in the frame, as Philadelphia topped Carolina, 5-3, on Saturday. Kurtis Foster, Braydon Coburn and Danny Briere lit the lamp in the opening 20 minutes for the Flyers, who put the brakes on a three-game skid. Ilya Bryzgalov continued his solid play, stopping a season-high 39 shots. Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer tallied for the Hurricanes, who opened up a six-game road trip with their second loss in three outings overall. Dan Ellis was pulled after yielding four goals on 12 shots in just under 21 minutes of play. Cam Ward finished with 11 saves in relief.

Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Tampa Bay 2

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Carl Hagelin’s third-period goal proved to be the difference, as the New York Rangers handed the Tampa Bay Lightning their first home loss of the season with a 3-2 triumph on Saturday at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Derek Stepan and Rick Nash each scored once, while Taylor Pyatt added a pair of assists for the Rangers, who have won three of their last four. Martin Biron got the start in place of Henrik Lundqvist and stopped 30 shots to earn the victory. Steven Stamkos continued his torrid start with a pair of goals and has recorded at least one point in every game this season, but it wasn’t enough, as the Lightning saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. Mathieu Garon was charged with all three goals on 30 shots in the setback.

Final Score: Columbus 4, Detroit 2

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Artem Anisimov scored a pair of goals and the Columbus Blue Jackets handled the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, on Saturday. Mark Letestu and James Wisniewski also lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a two-game skid. Wisniewski left the game early in the second period following an awkward fall into the boards. Steve Mason made 32 saves for Columbus, which improved to 3-5-1 on the season. Johan Franzen and Damien Brunner scored for the Red Wings, who had won two in a row. Jimmy Howard stopped 24-of-28 shots.

Final Score: Phoenix 2, Dallas 0

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) – Mike Smith stopped all 17 shots he faced to lead Phoenix in a 2-0 victory over Dallas on Saturday. Smith also picked up his first win of the season and first shutout since last April. Nick Johnson and Mikkel Boedker provided the tallies for the Coyotes, who shook off a pair of losses beyond regulation earlier in the week to win their second home game in the last three attempts. Richard Bachman’s first start of the season turned into a 32-save defeat for the Stars, who lost for the fifth time in six contests.

Final Score: Chicago 3, Calgary 2 (SO)

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) – Marian Hossa scored the game-tying goal with 2.1 seconds left in regulation and Patrick Kane provided the game-winner in the second round of the shootout, as the Chicago Blackhawks bested the Calgary Flames, 3-2, on Saturday at Scotiabank Saddledome. After the first three shooters came up empty, Kane faked a shot and slipped a backhand through the five-hole of Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. Roman Cervenka had a chance to extend the shootout, but his wrist shot was turned aside by Chicago netminder Ray Emery, who saved an astounding 45 shots before stopping all three shooters in the shootout. Kane added a goal and an assist in regulation for the Blackhawks, who were coming off back-to-back shootout losses. Dennis Wideman and Jay Bouwmeester each lit the lamp for Calgary, which has dropped two straight since registering its lone win of the season. Kiprusoff recorded 17 saves in the setback.

Final Score: Anaheim 7, Los Angeles 4

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Nick Bonino registered his first career hat trick and an assist to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center. Bonino beat Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick twice in the first 5:49 of the game and potted one of the Ducks’ three power-play markers at the 8:39 mark of the third period. Anaheim also got man- advantage tallies from Sheldon Souray and Kyle Palmieri. Bobby Ryan, Luca Sbisa and rookie Emerson Etem each collected two assists for the Ducks, who improved to 5-1-1 on the season. Dustin Brown scored two power-play goals for the Kings, who had totaled just 11 goals in their first six games.

Final Score: Nashville 2, San Jose 1 (SO)

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) – Craig Smith scored in the second round of the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators over the previously unbeaten San Jose Sharks, 2-1. Sergei Kostitsyn scored in regulation for the Predators, who have won consecutive games for the first time this season. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves. Martin Havlat lit the lamp for the Sharks, who fell to 7-0-1 on the season. They went to a shootout for the third straight game. Antti Niemi stopped 23-of-24 shots for San Jose, which wrapped up a six-game homestand on Saturday.