Blues Blast Islanders, Blackhawks Lose, NHL Roundup


Published on December 6 2013 6:29 am
Last Updated on December 6 2013 6:29 am
Written by Millie Lange

Wild Edge Blackhawks

(St. Paul, MN) -- Marco Scandella scored the go-ahead goal with 1:48 left in regulation to lift the Wild to a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center. Jonas Brodin's goal tied the game with 5:39 to go for the Wild, who have won two in-a-row after a four-game skid. Matt Cooke and Zach Parise also lit the lamp and Josh Harding made 16 saves in the victory. Jeremy Morin, Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa all scored for the 'Hawks, who have lost two straight since a six-game winning streak. Corey Crawford allowed all four goals on 23 shots in defeat.

Blues Blast Islanders

(St. Louis, MO) -- Derek Roy posted a goal and an assist to carry the Blues to a 5-1 win over the Islanders at the Scottrade Center.  David Backes, Jay Bouwmeester, Magnus Paajarvi and Brenden Morrow also lit the lamp for St. Louis, which put an end to a two-game skid. Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves in the win. Andrew MacDonald scored the lone goal for New York, which has lost eight straight. Anders Nilsson stopped 21 saves in defeat.

Rangers Roll Sabres

(Buffalo, NY) -- Henrik Lundqvist finished just short of a shutout with 27 saves as the Rangers rolled the Sabres 3-1 in Buffalo. Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello all scored for New York, which has alternated wins and losses the last seven games  Ryan McDonagh notched two assists in the win. Tyler Ennis scored with just over two minutes to play for Buffalo, which has lost two straight and seven-of-eight overall. Ryan Miller made 28 saves in net for the losing side.

Maple Leafs Stop Stars In Overtime

(Toronto, Ontario) -- Trevor Smith's goal with 42 seconds left in overtime gave the Maple Leafs a 3-2 win over the Stars at the Air Canada Centre. Smith's winner was preceded by a pair of goals from Nazem Kadri, one in the second period and one in the third. Jonathan Bernier made 48 saves as the Leafs improved to 15-11-3. The win ended a five-game losing streak. Erik Cole and Shawn Horcoff scored the goals for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen saved 21 shots. The Stars have lost three of their last four to fall to 13-9-5.

Pens Pound Sharks For Fifth Straight Win

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Chris Kunitz scored twice in a two minute span during a four-goal second period as the Penguins pounded the Sharks 5-1 at CONSOL Energy Center. Pascal Dupuis and Jayson Megna also lit the lamp in the second period, while Kris Letang added a goal in the third for the Pens, who have won a season-high five straight. Sidney Crosby had three assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 44 saves in the victory. Tomas Hertl scored his 14th goal of the year for San Jose, which had its six-game winning streak snapped. Antti Niemi stopped just 23-of-27 shots before giving way to Alex Stalock, who denied two of the three shots he faced the rest of the way.

Canadiens Clip Bruins

(Montreal, Quebec) -- The Canadiens used two second-period goals to get past the Bruins, 2-1, at the Bell Centre. Tomas Plekanec tied the game at one and Max Pacioretty lit the lamp for what turned out to be the game winner with just over two minutes left in the middle period. Carey Price made 32 saves as Montreal won its fourth straight. Boston's only goal came off the stick of Gregory Campbell in the opening period. Tuukka Rask allowed both goals on 27 shots for the Bruins, who had a two-game winning streak end.

Hurricanes Hammer Preds In Nashville

(Nashville, TN) -- Jeff Skinner recorded a hat trick as the Hurricanes hammered the Predators 5-2 in Nashville. Justin Faulk and Riley Nash also lit the lamp for Carolina, which has won two in-a-row and four of its last five. Justin Peters denied 20 of the 22 shots he faced in the victory. Mike Fisher and Viktor Stalberg scored less than two minutes apart in the second period for the Preds, who went 0-3-1 on their four-game homestand. Marek Mazanec allowed four goals on 13 shots before giving way to Carter Hutton, who stopped all nine shots the rest of the way.

Oilers Annihilate Avalanche

(Edmonton, Alberta) -- Taylor Hall recorded a hat trick and added an assist as the Oilers annihilated the Avalanche 8-2 in Edmonton. Ales Hemsky, Mark Arcobello, Jordan Eberle and David Perron tallied a goal and a helper each for the Oilers, who have alternated wins and losses over their last seven games.  Devan Dubnyk denied 33 of the 35 shots he faced in the victory. Nick Holden and P.A. Parenteau both scored for Colorado, which had won five-of-six coming in. Semyon Varlamov was lit up for all eight goals on 28 shots in defeat.


Bolts Skate Past Sens

(Tampa, FL) -- Martin St. Louis scored twice as the Lightning skated past the Senators 3-1 at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Valtteri Filppula also lit the lamp and Ben Bishop made 33 saves for the Bolts, who put an end to their two-game losing streak. The Lightning host the Winnipeg Jets Saturday.


Panthers Down Jets

(Sunrise, FLA) -- It was a big night all around for the Florida Panthers defense. Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal and had an assist, and Erik Gudbranson also had a goal and an assist as they led the Panthers to a 5-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets at BB&T Center on Thursday.


Thursday, December 5 Scoreboard


New York Rangers 3, Buffalo Sabres 1

Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Dallas Stars 2 (OT)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5, San Jose Sharks 1

Montreal Canadiens 2, Boston Bruins 1

Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Ottawa Senators 1

Florida Panthers 5, Winnipeg Jets 2

St. Louis Blues 5, New York Islanders 1

Carolina Hurricanes 5, Nashville Predators 2

Minnesota Wild 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3

Edmonton Oilers 8, Colorado Avalanche 2


Friday, December 6 Schedule (All Times Central)


6:00 p.m. - Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils

6:00 p.m. - San Jose Sharks at Carolina Hurricanes

6:00 p.m. - Minnesota Wild at Columbus Blue Jackets

7:00 p.m. - Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks

8:00 p.m. - Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames

9:00 p.m. - Phoenix Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks