Blackhawks Dump Predators, Blues Lose, NHL Roundup


Published on December 18 2013 6:35 am
Last Updated on December 18 2013 6:35 am
Written by Millie Lange

Blackhawks Dump Predators

(Nashville, TN) -- The Blackhawks used two power play goals, one each from Patrick Kane and Nick Leddy, to skate past the Predators, 3-1, at Bridgestone Arena. It was Kane's 20th goal of the season. Antti Raanta stopped 27-of-28 shots as Chicago won for the fifth time in its last six outings. Shea Weber lit the lamp for Nashville, while Carter Hutton gave up all three goals on 27 shots. The Predators went 1-of-7 with a man advantage on their way to snapping a three-game winning streak.

Sharks Double Up Blues In St. Louis

(St. Louis, MO) -- Martin Havlat and Matt Irwin tallied a goal and an assist each as the Sharks doubled up the Blues 4-2 at Scottrade Center. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns also lit the lamp for San Jose, which has won two-of-three since a four-game losing streak. Antti Niemi made 20 saves in the victory.  Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester both scored for the Blues, who have dropped two in-a-row on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Jaroslav Halak allowed all four goals on 27 shots in the setback.

The Blues are without team captain David Backes. Backes has a concussion, according to reports. He missed the game against San Jose Tuesday. He has missed only three games in the past six seasons.

Panthers Claw Past Maple Leafs

(Toronto, Ontario) -- Sean Bergenheim had a goal and assist while Scott Clemmensen stopped 28 shots as the Panthers notched a 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Tomas Fleischmann and Brad Boyes also scored for Florida while Aleksander Barkov had two assists. The 'Cats have won four straight and six out of seven. Mason Raymond had the lone goal for Toronto early in the third. James Reimer turned away 20 shots as the Leafs lost their fifth in six games.

Bolts Edge Isles In Shootout

(Uniondale, NY) -- Valtteri Filppula scored twice in the final three minutes to tie the game and the Lightning went on to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Filppula's second tally came with just four seconds left and Nikita Kucherov netted the deciding goal in the shootout. Ben Bishop made 32 saves as Tampa Bay won its third in four games. Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen each scored for New York in defeat  Evgeni Nabokov stopped 34 shots as the Isles lost for the 13th time in 14 games.

Canadiens Clip Coyotes

(Montreal, Quebec) -- Max Pacioretty scored the go-ahead goal with 6:42 left in regulation and added an empty netter in the final seconds, as the Canadiens clipped the Coyotes 3-1 at the Bell Centre.  Andrei Markov tied the game at one with his tally early in the third period for the Habs, who have won two-of-three. Carey Price denied 26 of the 27 shots he faced in the victory. Mikkel Boedker scored the lone goal in the first period for Phoenix, which suffered its second straight loss. Mike Smith allowed two goals on 27 shots in defeat.

Ducks Sink Red Wings

(Detroit, MI) -- The Ducks rode a four-goal first period to a 5-2 victory over the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.  Saku Koivu and Sami Vatanen each finished with a goal and assist while Andrew Cogliano had three helpers for Anaheim. Corey Perry, Nick Bonino and Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks while Jonas Hiller stopped 16 shots. Anaheim has won six in-a-row. Tomas Jurco opened the scoring for Detroit while Daniel Cleary lit the lamp late in defeat. Jonas Gustavsson was pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots and Petr Mrazek closed things out in goal for the Red Wings, who have lost six straight.

Flyers Cruise Past Caps

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Jakub Voracek scored twice during a four-goal second period as the Flyers cruised past the Capitals 5-2 to split the home-and-home series at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia pulled away with two power play goals late in the second after Caps defenseman Tom Wilson was handed a game misconduct for a viscous charging hit delivered to Brayden Schenn. Matt Read and Mark Streit also scored in the second, while Wayne Simmonds lit the lamp in the third for the Flyers, who have won two-of-three since a three-game slide. Steve Mason stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced in the victory. Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 28th goal of the year and Eric Fehr also tallied for Washington, which had its five-game point streak end. Braden Holtby allowed all five goals on 35 shots in the setback.

Late Goal Sends Stars Past Avalanche

(Dallas, TX) -- Colton Sceviour scored with less than three minutes to play, leading Dallas over Colorado 3-2 at the American Airlines Center. Ray Whitney scored the other two Stars goals. Matt Duchene scored and assisted on a goal for the Avs. Dan Ellis made 25 saves for Dallas in the win. Jean-Sebastian Giguere also stopped 25 shots. The Stars moved to 16-12-5. Colorado has lost four of six and is 22-10-1.

Bruins Blank Flames

(Boston, MA) -- Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots as the Bruins blanked the Flames 2-0 at TD Garden. Zdeno Chara scored both goals for Boston, while Jarome Iginla had two assists against his former team. The Bruins skate in Buffalo Thursday.

Wild Clip Canucks In Shootout

(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota forward Jason Pominville scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Wild rallied to beat the Canucks 3-2 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul last night. Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle both scored in regulation for Minnesota, which has won two in-a-row after losing three-of-four.  Coyle's tally tied the game in the third period. The Wild begin a four-game road trip tomorrow in Pittsburgh.

Kings Blank Oilers

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Martin Jones notched his third shutout as Kings blanked the Oilers, 3-0, at the STAPLES Center. Jones turned away 24 shots for Los Angeles, which won for the seventh time in the last eight games. Dwight King, Jordan Nolan and Dustin Brown each tallied a goal. The Kings host the Sharks tomorrow.

Sabres Capitalize On Chances

(Buffalo, NY) -- The chances have been there the past few games, but Tuesday night, the Buffalo Sabres finally capitalized on them. The Sabres scored four unanswered goals to rally back to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 at First Niagara Center. Buffalo had been held to two or fewer goals in each of their past six games.

Tuesday, December 17 Scoreboard


Boston Bruins 2, Calgary Flames 0

Buffalo Sabres 4, Winnipeg Jets 2

Florida Panthers 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

Tampa Bay Lightning 3, New York Islanders 2 (SO)

Montreal Canadiens 3, Phoenix Coyotes 1

Anaheim Ducks 5, Detroit Red Wings 2

Philadelphia Flyers 5, Washington Capitals 2

Chicago Blackhawks 3, Nashville Predators 1

Minnesota Wild 3, Vancouver Canucks 2 (SO)

San Jose Sharks 4, St. Louis Blues 2

Dallas Stars 3, Colorado Avalanche 2

Los Angeles Kings 3, Edmonton Oilers 0


Wednesday, December 18 Schedule (All Times Central)


6:30 p.m. - Ottawa Senators at New Jersey Devils

7:00 p.m. - Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers