NHL roundup: Pens win in shootout
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby tied it with 14 seconds left in regulation and Kris Letang scored the only goal of a shootout, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.
Crosby pounced on a loose puck and fired it by Keith Kinkaid for his NHL-leading 15th goal as Pittsburgh bounced back from an ugly loss in Minnesota on Friday by rallying past the Devils.
Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel picked up his third goal in six days, and Tom Kuhnhackl earned his first goal of the season. Evgeni Malkin had three assists while extending his point streak to eight games.
Matt Murray settled down after a rough start and finished with 27 saves. He turned aside New Jersey’s PA Parenteau, Mike Cammalleri and Travis Zajac in the shootout.
Cammalleri scored twice for the Devils and now has seven goals in his last five games. Vernon Fiddler added a short-handed goal and Kinkaid made 46 saves, but was in no position to stop Letang in the shootout.
The Penguins improved to 15-0-1 in their last 16 games following a regulation loss.
Pittsburgh is in the midst of a baffling stretch of dominant performances and duds in equal measure. The latest came in a 6-2 loss to Minnesota on Friday in which the Penguins surrendered three power-play goals and did little right, a loss that came less than 48 hours after an overwhelming 6-1 romp at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.
Coach Mike Sullivan switched up the lines against the Devils, reuniting the âHBKã line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel while moving 40-year-old Matt Cullen alongside Crosby and Conor Sheary.
Canadiens 2, Red Wings 1
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk scored at 3:37 of overtime, and the NHL-leading Canadiens beat Detroit.
Brendan Gallagher also scored to help Montreal improve to 16-4-2. Carey Price stopped 32 shots.
Justin Abdelkader scored for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek made 22 saves.
Galchenyuk finished off a 2-on-1 by one-timing a pass from Alexander Radulov past Mrazek from the bottom of the left circle. It was Galchenyuk’s ninth goal.
MAPLE LEAFS 4,
TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Marner set up a pair of goals, Auston Matthews scored for the second straight game and Toronto beat Washington to end a three-game losing streak.
Marner set up goals from Matt Martin and James van Riemsdyk, and Matthews scored his first goal at home in more than a month. Nazem Kadri added his ninth goal of the season.
Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson scored, and Braden Holtby made 37 saves for Washington.
BLUE JACKETS 1 (SO)
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored the shootout winner, lifting Florida past Columbus.
Barkov backhanded the puck high over Sergei Bobrovsky for the only goal in the tiebreaker. Florida’s Roberto Luongo stopped all three shots he faced.
Jaromir Jagr scored his 752nd career goal for the Panthers, and Luongo made 36 saves.
Brandon Saad scored for the Blue Jackets, and Bobrovsky stopped 22 shots.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Kyle Turris scored his team-leading 10th goal to help Ottawa beat Carolina.
Turris broke a tie with 3:32 left, beating goalie Cam Ward high to the stick side. The Hurricanes challenged the goal, asserting that it was offside, but it stood after a review.
Dion Phaneuf also scored, and Craig Anderson made 32 saves. The Senators have won three straight.
Sebastian Aho scored for Carolina, and Ward stopped 22 shots.