Blues, Blackhawks Claim Wins, NHL Roundup
Published on March 26 2014 6:43 am
Last Updated on March 26 2014 6:43 am
Written by Millie Lange
Blues Down Sliding Maple Leafs
(Toronto, Ontario) -- David Backes posted a hat trick while T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen had three points each as the Blues netted a 5-3 win over the sliding Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Oshie and Steen each had a goal and two assists while Ryan Miller made 22 saves for St. Louis. The Blues have won five out of seven and climbed to the top of the overall NHL standings with 105 points. Joffrey Lupul, Carl Gunnarsson and James van Riemsdyk all scored for Toronto, which has lost six straight and fell out of the final Wild Card spot after the Capitals earned a point in a shootout loss. Jonathan Bernier stopped 44 shots for the Leafs, who sit in a four-way tie with Washington, Columbus and Detroit at 80 points for two Wild Card spots.
Blackhawks Double Up Stars
(Chicago, IL) -- Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith each had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks downed the Stars 4-2 at United Center. Kris Versteeg also lit the lamp while Marian Hossa added a late empty-net goal as Chicago won its third in four games. Corey Crawford stopped 25 shots in the win. Ryan Garbutt had both goals for Dallas while Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves. The Stars have dropped five out of seven and slipped three points behind the Coyotes for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Prized prospect Teuvo Teravainen made his NHL debut for the Blackhawks last night. He won seven out of seven faceoffs in just under 12 minutes of ice time. The 19-year-old was the top pick of the 'Hawks in the 2012 draft and was recalled from Jokerit of the Finnish League last week.
Coyotes Clip Penguins
(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Mikkel Boedker's second period goal held up as the Coyotes clipped the Penguins 3-2 at CONSOL Energy Center. David Moss and Antoine Vermette both scored in the first period for Phoenix, which is now three points ahead of Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Thomas Greiss made 23 saves in the victory. Jussi Jokinen and Taylor Pyatt tallied goals in the opening period for the Pens, who have lost five-of-seven. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed all three goals on 29 shots in defeat.
Kings Edge Capitals In Shootout
(Washington, DC) -- Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scored in the shootout to lift the Kings in a 5-4 win over the Capitals at Verizon Center. Goals from Mike Richards, Dwight King, Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown helped Los Angeles rally back from a two-goal deficit and take a lead late into the third period. Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots for the Kings, who have won four straight. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first NHL goal shorthanded in the final minute of regulation for Washington. Fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin had two power play goals in the first period while Dustin Penner also scored as the Caps kept a six-game points streak alive and moved into a four-way tie with Columbus, Detroit and Toronto for a pair of Wild Card spots with 80 points.
Isles Sink Hurricanes
(Raleigh, NC) -- The Islanders jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and held on for a 5-4 win against the Hurricanes in Raleigh. Colin McDonald and Matt Martin each lit the lamp twice for New York, which has won two straight and three out of four. Anders Nilsson turned away 24 shots in the victory. Jeff Skinner, Andrei Loktionov, Alexander Semin and Nathan Gerbe each scored a goal for Carolina, which couldn't complete the comeback. Cam Ward was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots in the first six minutes and 12 seconds of the contest. Anton Khudibon stopped 21 of 23 shots the rest of the way. The Hurricanes are 2-4 in their last six.
Blue Jackets Double Up Red Wings
(Columbus, OH) -- Cam Atkinson scored the game-winning goal just under seven minutes into the third period as the Blue Jackets grabbed a crucial 4-2 win over the Red Wings at Nationwide Arena. Ryan Johansen clinched the game with a late empty netter for his second goal of the game. Sergei Bobrovsky left the game after the opening period with an injury and Curtis McElhinney stopped 22-of-23 shots in relief. Columbus is in a four-way tie for the two wild card spots in the East, but holds the top spot because of tie breakers. Both Detroit scores came off the stick of Gustav Nyquist. Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on 27 shots. The Red Wings hold the other wild card spot in the East.
Avalanche Edge Predators In Shootout
(Nashville, TN) -- Gabriel Landeskog scored the winning goal in the third round of the shootout as the Avalanche edged the Predators 5-4 in Nashville. Landeskog had two goals and an assist in regulation, while Cody McLeod and Nick Holden both had third period goals for Colorado, which snapped a three-game skid. Semyon Varlamov denied 29 shots plus two-of-three shootout attempts in the win. Roman Josi and Matt Cullen scored two goals apiece for the Preds, who have lost six straight at home. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves but allowed two goals in the shootout.
Sharks Bite Down On Oilers
(Edmonton, Alberta) -- San Jose netted five goals in the final two periods to knock off Edmonton 5-2 at Rexall Place. Joe Pavelski dumped in a hat trick with two goals coming on power plays while Brent Burns and Joe Thornton recorded two assists for the Sharks. Patrick Marleau finished with a goal and an assist for San Jose while Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots. David Perron scored the opening goal for Edmonton and Taylor Hall finished with a goal and an assist. Ben Scrivens allowed five goals on 34 shots in the loss. The Sharks were perfect on power plays and leave the contest with 103 points. The Oilers have lost three straight.
Tuesday, March 25 Scoreboard
St. Louis Blues 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Phoenix Coyotes 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2
Los Angeles Kings 5, Washington Capitals 4 (SO)
New York Islanders 5, Carolina Hurricanes 4
Montreal Canadiens 2, Buffalo Sabres 0
Florida Panthers 3, Ottawa Senators 2 (SO)
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Detroit Red Wings 2
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Dallas Stars 2
Colorado Avalanche 5, Nashville Predators 4 (SO)
San Jose Sharks 5, Edmonton Oilers 2
Wednesday, March 26 Schedule (All Times Central)
6:30 p.m. - Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild
7:00 p.m. - Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers
9:00 p.m. - Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames