Blues Blast Canadiens, NHL Roundup


Published on December 20 2013 6:29 am
Last Updated on December 20 2013 6:29 am
Written by Millie Lange

Blues Blast Canadiens

(St. Louis, MO) -- Alexander Steen scored twice in a 3:35 span in the first period as the Blues went on to blast the Canadiens 5-1 at Scottrade Center.  Chris Stewart also lit the lamp in the first, while Jaden Schwartz and Maxim Lapierre added goals in the third period for the Note, which snapped a two-game skid. Jaroslav Halak denied 25 of the 26 shots he faced in the victory. Brendan Gallagher scored the lone goal for the Habs, who have lost four-of-six. Carey Price allowed all five goals on 29 shots in the setback.

Sabres Double Up Bruins

(Buffalo, NY) -- Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers scored 1:20 apart late in the third period as the Sabres doubled up the Bruins 4-2 in the first of a home-and-home series at First Niagara Center. Bryan Flynn scored shorthanded in the first period, while Marcus Foligno lit the lamp in the second for the Sabres, who have won two in-a-row for the first time since mid-November. Ryan Miller made 34 saves in the victory. Brad Marchand scored twice in a 1:14 span in the second period for the B's, who have lost two-of-three on the heels of a four-game winning streak. Chad Johnson allowed all four goals on 23 shots in defeat.  The teams meet again Saturday in Boston.

Leafs Clip Coyotes In Shootout

(Toronto, Ontario) -- Joffrey Lupul scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Maple Leafs clipped the Coyotes 2-1 at Air Canada Centre. Troy Brodie scored his first goal of the season for the Leafs, who won for just the second time in seven games. James Reimer kicked aside 34 of the 35 shots he faced plus two-of-three shootout attempts for the victory. Martin Hanzal lit the lamp for the 'Yotes, who have dropped three in-a-row and five of their last seven.  Mike Smith had 26 saves but allowed two goals in the shootout to suffer the loss.

Huge Third Lifts Flyers Over Blue Jackets

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Flyers went off for five goals in third period to pull out a shocking, 5-4, win over the Blue Jackets at the Wells Fargo Center.  Claude Giroux scored the game-tying and game-winning goal in the final four minutes to help Philadelphia pick up its third win in four tries. The other scores came from Jakub Voracek, Braydon Coburn and Erik Gustafsson. Steve Mason stopped 24 shots in the victory. Columbus jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind a shorthanded goal from Cam Atkinson in the first, while Jack Skille and Nick Foligno each lit the lamp in the middle period. Blake Comeau also scored a goal for the Jackets, who lost their third straight.  Curtis McElhinney gave up all five goals on 39 shots. The teams meet again Saturday in Columbus.

Penguins Whip Wild

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- The Penguins scored four goals in the first and second periods on their way to a 5-2 win over the Wild. Five different Pittsburgh players scored including Olli Maatta [[ Oh-lee Mat-uh ]], who added two assists. Matt Niskanen scored a goal and assisted for the Pens, who have won six straight and are 26-10-1. Jeff Zatkoff denied 24 of the 26 shots he faced in the victory. Jason Pominville and Dany Heatley scored for Minnesota. Niklas Backstrom totaled 31 saves as the Wild dropped to 20-12-5.

Panthers Down Senators

(Ottawa, Ontario) -- Scott Clemmensen's 32 saves led the Panthers to a 4-2 road win over the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Florida rallied from a 2-1 deficit as Tom Gilbert had a goal and an assist.  Florida stayed hot with its fifth straight win to go to 14-17-5. Chris Neil and Jason Spezza scored the two Ottawa goals in the first period. Craig Anderson allowed four goals on 25 shots in the loss. The Sens have dropped three-of-four to dip to 14-17-6.

Lightning Claims 4-2 Victory

(Tampa, FL) -- Alex Killorn tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Lightning past the Predators 4-2 at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Martin St. Louis, Teddy Purcell and Richard Panik also lit the lamp for the Bolts, who have won three in-a-row. Anders Lindback made 28 saves in the victory. Craig Smith tallied twice for Nashville, which has lost two straight after a three-game winning streak. Carter Hutton allowed all four goals on 14 shots in 33-plus minutes of action, while Marek Mazanec stopped all 19 shots the rest of the way.

Avs Nabs Win Over Oilers

(Denver, CO) -- Tyson Barrie, Ryan O'Reilly and Maxime Talbot all scored second period goals as the Avalanche doubled up the Oilers 4-2 at the Pepsi Center.  Matt Duchene added an empty netter in the final seconds for the Avs, who have alternated wins and losses over their last six games. Semyon Varlamov denied 27 shots in the victory. Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both scored for Edmonton, which has lost four straight for the fourth time this season. Devan Dubnyk allowed three goals on 38 shots in the setback.

Kings Cruise Past Sharks

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Dwight King tallied a goal and an assist each as the Kings cruised past the Sharks 4-1 at STAPLES Center.  Alec Martinez also lit the lamp for LA, which won for the eighth time in nine games. Martin Jones made 31 saves in the victory. Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal for San Jose, which has lost six-of-eight. Antti Niemi surrendered all four goals on 32 shots in the setback.


Stars Cruise Past Canucks

(Dallas, TX) -- Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour scored 15 seconds apart in the first period as the Stars cruised past the Canucks 4-1 at American Airlines Center. Erik Cole and Valeri Nichushkin also lit the lamp and Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves for Dallas, which has won three-of-four. The Stars begin a two-game road trip tomorrow in San Jose.

Detroit Red Wings Win

(Detroit, MI) -- The Red Wings snapped their six-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime win over the Calgary Flames last night at Joe Louis Arena. Joakim Andersson scored for Detroit, while Daniel Alfredsson had two goals, including the game winner, and also notched the 700th assist of his career. Jonas Gustavsson stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced in the win. The Wings travel to Toronto to face off against the Maple Leafs tomorrow night.

Florida Extends Winning Streak

(Ottawa) -- Tom Gilbert scored a power-play goal at 17:28 of the third period, Tomas Kopecky added a short-handed goal at 18:19, and the Florida Panthers extended their season-high winning streak to five games Thursday with a 4-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators.   

Blackhawks Host Canucks

(Chicago, IL) -- The Blackhawks host the Canucks tonight looking for their third straight win. Chicago has picked up consecutive 3-1 wins over the Kings and Predators to move to 25-7-5. The Canucks are 20-11-6.

Thursday, December 19 Scoreboard


Buffalo Sabres 4, Boston Bruins 2

Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Phoenix Coyotes 1 (SO)

Philadelphia Flyers 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 4

Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Minnesota Wild 2

Florida Panthers 4, Ottawa Senators 2

Detroit Red Wings 3, Calgary Flames 2 (OT)

Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Nashville Predators 2

St. Louis Blues 5, Montreal Canadiens 1

Dallas Stars 4, Vancouver Canucks 1

Colorado Avalanche 4, Edmonton Oilers 2

Los Angeles Kings 4, San Jose Sharks 1


Friday, December 20 Schedule (All Times Central)


6:00 p.m. - Anaheim Ducks at New Jersey Devils

6:00 p.m. - New York Islanders at New York Rangers

6:00 p.m. - Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes

7:00 p.m. - Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks

7:00 p.m. - Florida Panthers at Winnipeg Jets