National Hockey League Game Capsules

Updated: December 17, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA ( – Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal
with 6:03 to play as the shorthanded Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-1 win over
the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. Chris Conner and Brandon Sutter also scored
for the Penguins, who have won four straight and nine of 10. Marc-Andre Fleury
made 25 saves in the win. Pittsburgh was missing many big pieces of its squad
for this game, including star forward Evgeni Malkin, who was out with a lower-
body injury and is listed as day-to-day. Also, forward James Neal served the
fourth game of a five-game suspension, and defenseman Kris Letang was placed
on injured reserve on Monday with an upper-body injury. Several other players
were also out of the lineup as the Penguins had several players suit up who
had played significant time in the American Hockey League. Morgan Rielly
scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four of their last five. Jonathan
Bernier allowed two goals on 30 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Winnipeg 3, Columbus 2

Columbus, OH ( – Evander Kane’s goal midway through the
third period proved to be the difference in the Winnipeg Jets’ 3-2 victory
over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. Kane, who also had an assist,
returned to the lineup after missing six games with a lower-body injury for
the Jets, who snapped a three-game skid. Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little also
lit the lamp. Al Montoya stopped 22-of-24 shots in the victory. RJ Umberger
and Fedor Tyutin scored for the Blue Jackets, who had won six straight
against the Winnipeg franchise. Mike McKenna turned aside 29-of-32 shots for
Columbus, which has lost two in a row.

Final Score: Ottawa 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)

Ottawa, ON ( – Cody Ceci scored 3:59 into overtime to lift
the Ottawa Senators over the St. Louis Blues, 3-2. It was Ceci’s first NHL
goal. Bobby Ryan and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also lit the lamp for the Senators.
Robin Lehner stopped 30-of-32 shots. Chris Stewart had a pair of goals for
the Blues, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Brian Elliott made 29
saves against his former team.

Final Score: Colorado 6, Dallas 2

Denver, CO ( – Paul Stastny had two goals and two assists as
the Colorado Avalanche routed the Dallas Stars, 6-2, at Pepsi Center. Tyson
Barrie, Erik Johnson, Nathan MacKinnion and Andre Benoit each scored for
the Avalanche, winners in two of their last three tilts. PA Parenteau and Matt
Duchene finished with three and two assists, respectively, and Semyon Varlamov
made 31 saves in the win. Tyler Seguin scored one goal and added one assist
and Kevin Connauton tallied his first NHL goal for the Stars, losers in three
of their last four games. These teams will meet again Tuesday in Dallas.