National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Updated: March 6, 2013

Final Score: Chicago 5, Minnesota 3

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Bryan Bickell scored twice in a four-goal first period and Patrick Kane added an insurance goal in the third, as the Chicago Blackhawks stretched their streak to 23 games with at least a point in a 5-3 decision over Minnesota at United Center. Brandon Saad added a score and two assists, while Marian Hossa lit the lamp for the Blackhawks (20-0-3), who also set a new franchise record with their 10th consecutive win. Chicago’s previous mark was nine, set from Dec. 7-28, 2008. Corey Crawford made 20 saves to run his record to 11-0-3 this year. Devin Setoguchi, Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild, who lost for the third time in their last six. Niklas Backstrom was punctured four times on 17 shots in the opening 20 minutes. Darcy Kuemper finished up yielding one goal on 15 shots.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, New Jersey 2

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) – Nate Thompson tallied twice and added an assist on Tuesday to help the Tampa Bay Lightning put the brakes on a five-game skid with a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Martin St. Louis and Alexander Killorn each registered a goal and an assist, while Anders Lindback made 25 saves in the victory. New Jersey netminder Johan Hedberg allowed three goals on 11 shots before being pulled in the second period. Rookie goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped 12-of-13 shots in his first NHL appearance, but it wasn’t enough, as the Devils dropped their sixth straight decision. Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias each scored once in the setback.

Final Score: NY Islanders 6, Montreal 3

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) – Radek Martinek scored a tie-breaking goal in the third period, as the New York Islanders topped the Montreal Canadiens, 6-3, at Nassau Coliseum. Matt Moulson and Matt Martin each scored a power- play goal for the Islanders, who improved to 2-2-1 on a seven-game homestand. New York overcame a one-goal deficit and a blown two-goal lead to end the Canadiens’ point streak at 11 games (8-0-3). Michael Ryder registered three assists for Montreal, which suffered its first regulation loss since Feb. 9.

Final Score: Washington 4, Boston 3 (OT)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Eric Fehr scored the game-winner at 37 seconds of overtime, as the Washington Capitals overcame a three-goal first- period deficit to down Boston, 4-3, at Verizon Center. Fehr was skating over the Boston blue line when Nicklas Backstrom laid a lead pass one stride ahead. The veteran grinder accepted the feed, skated between a pair of Bruins defenders and scored with a rising shot to the far post. Mike Ribeiro and Tomas Kundratek tallied in the second period and Wojtek Wolski notched the tying score late in regulation for the Capitals, who have taken four of their last five. Braden Holtby hung in and earned the win with a 30- save effort. Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara and Doug Hamilton tallied for the Bruins, who were facing the Caps for the first time since Washington won a Game 7 in Boston to close out a first-round playoff series last April. Tuukka Rask made 22 stops in the setback.

Final Score: Carolina 4, Buffalo 3

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists, Justin Peters made 37 saves in his first start of the season and the Carolina Hurricanes held off the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3. Jussi Jokinen added a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who went 3-0 against Buffalo this season. Joe Corvo and Jiri Tlusty also lit the lamp in Carolina’s fourth straight victory. It was announced on Monday that Carolina goaltender Cam Ward will miss 6-to-8 weeks with a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament. With backup goaltender Dan Ellis (illness) also sidelined, Peters got the start on Tuesday. Cody Hodgson had two goals for the Sabres, who have lost two in a row. TJ Brennan added his first goal of the season. Ryan Miller stopped 24-of-28 shots in defeat.

Final Score: Columbus 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Artem Anisimov scored the winner in the shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Anisimov lifted a backhander off the crossbar on the first chance of the shootout and, after Sergei Bobrovsky made stops on Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky, Mark Letestu buried the puck in the back of the net for the win. Vinny Prospal posted a goal and an assist while Derek MacKenzie and Jack Johnson each scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won two in a row for the first time this season. Steve Mason started in net for Columbus, but was yanked early in the second period after giving up three goals on eight shots. Bobrovsky stopped all 21 shots he faced in relief to get the win. Jeff Petry, Ryan Whitney and Magnus Paajarvi all scored for the Oilers, who have dropped their past three. Devan Dubnyk gave up three goals on 38 shots in the loss.

Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Philadelphia 2

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Rick Nash registered the go-ahead and insurance tallies in the third period, as the New York Rangers shook off the absence of a key player to overcome the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, at Madison Square Garden. Ryan Callahan added two early scores for the Rangers, who did not have the services of Brad Richards after he was injured Sunday night on an illegal hit by Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta but nonetheless won their sixth straight home game against Philadelphia. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves as the Blueshirts have taken three straight overall. The 31-year-old Swede pulled within two of John Vanbiesbrouck (26) for the club’s all-time lead in wins over the Orange and Black. Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek notched power-play scores for the Flyers, who slipped below .500 (11-12-1) after seeing a two-game win streak snapped. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped just 16 pucks in defeat.

Final Score: Florida 4, Winnipeg 1

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) – Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves to notch his first win of the season, as the Florida Panthers defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-1, on Tuesday. Tomas Kopecky, Shawn Matthias, Jonathan Huberdeau and Mike Santorelli each scored once to help the Panthers snap a three-game skid. Kyle Wellwood registered the lone Winnipeg goal and Ondrej Pavelec allowed all four goals on 20 shots for the Jets, who have lost two straight.

Final Score: Detroit 2, Colorado 1

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Jimmy Howard made 15 of his 36 saves in the third period to backstop the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Paul Stastny denied Howard’s shutout bid, taking PA Parenteau’s behind-the-net pass and scoring on his own rebound with 1:30 remaining and veteran goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere pulled for an extra skater. The Avalanche came close to striking again with Giguere on the bench, but the Red Wings held on for their fourth win in six games. Giguere, playing a couple of days following his mother’s funeral in Montreal, finished with 31 saves. The setback extended Colorado’s skid away from home to 0-3-3.