Blues Win, Blackhawks Lose In OT, NHL Roundup


Published on January 3 2014 6:38 am
Last Updated on January 3 2014 6:38 am
Written by Millie Lange

Islanders Sink Blackhawks In OT

(Uniondale, NY) -- Kyle Okposo scored 58 seconds into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Casey Cizikas and Thomas Vanek lit the lamp in regulation for New York, which has won a season-best three straight games. Evgeni Nabokov turned away 37 attempts in the win. Brent Seabrook and Ben Smith both scored their fifth goal of the season for Chicago, which has lost two-of-three overall. Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots in his first game since December 8 due to a leg injury.

Blues Blank Kings

(St. Louis, MO) -- Brian Elliott made 30 saves for his third shutout of the season and the 24th of his career as the Blues blanked the Kings 5-0 at the Scottrade Center. T.J. Oshie scored twice in under two minutes during the second period while Brenden Morrow tallied a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have won four in-a-row and six of their last seven overall. Vladimir Tarasenko and Barret Jackman also lit the lamp in the victory. Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones combined to stop just 21-of-26 shots in the setback.  LA has lost a season-high five straight.

The Blues are without goaltender Jaroslav Halak for at least the next day or two. Halak missed Thursday’s game with an illness. Brian Elliott will be the starter in Halak’s absence and the team called up Jake Allen from the American Hockey League to serve as a temporary backup.

Bruins Edge Preds In OT

(Boston, MA) -- Brad Marchand scored the winning goal 54 seconds into overtime as the Bruins edged the Predators 3-2 at TD Garden. Johnny Boychuk and Jarome Iginla scored third period goals for the B's, who snapped a brief two-game skid. Niklas Svedberg kicked aside 33 of the 35 shots he faced for the victory in his NHL debut. Viktor Stalberg and Shea Weber both lit the lamp for Nashville, which had won its previous two. Marek Mazanec allowed all three goals on 25 shots in the setback.

Hurricanes Clip Capitals

(Washington, DC) -- Jeff Skinner completed his hat trick 1:20 into overtime to lift the Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the Capitals in Washington, D.C.  Skinner lit the lamp on the power play in the first period and tied the game at three early in the second period. His tally in the second was the fifth overall goal of the period. Manny Malhotra scored the other goal for Carolina, which has won two in-a-row. Anton Khudobin turned aside 38 shots in the win.  Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer and Steve Oleksy all scored within four minutes of each other early in the middle period for Washington, which has lost three straight. Philipp Grubauer stopped 29 shots in the setback.

Avs Edge Flyers

(Denver, CO) -- Ryan O'Reilly's second period goal held up as the Avalanche edged the Flyers 2-1 at the Pepsi Center. Jamie McGinn scored the other goal in the first period for the Avs, who have won consecutive games for the first time since the end of November. Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves in the victory. Wayne Simmonds scored the lone goal for Philadelphia, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.  Steve Mason allowed both goals on 31 shots in the setback.

Blue Jackets Blank Coyotes In Desert

(Glendale, AZ) -- Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season and third of his career, as the Blue Jackets blanked the Coyotes 2-0 at Arena. Nathan Horton scored in his season debut, while R.J. Umberger lit the lamp midway through the third for Columbus, which snapped its brief two-game skid. Mike Smith stopped 29-of-31 shots for the 'Yotes, who have lost four-of-five.

Wild Come Away With Win

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minnesota Wild came away with a win in NHL action Thursday night. The Wild topped Buffalo 4-1. The Wild host Washington Saturday.

Canadiens Clip Stars

(Dallas, TX) -- Lars Eller scored the go-ahead goal midway through a three-goal third period for the Canadiens in their 6-4 win over the Stars at American Airlines Center. Jamie Benn, Valeri Nichushkin, Tyler Seguin and Brenden Dillon all scored for Dallas, which has lost two-of-three. The Stars wrap up their five-game homestand Saturday against the Red Wings.

Sharks Blow Out Oilers

(San Jose, CA) -- The Sharks got two goals less than a minute apart in the first period and cruised to a 5-1 win over the Oilers at the SAP Center. Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist. Joe Thornton had a pair of assists and Antti Niemi stopped 23 shots. The Sharks are 26-9-6 and are in Colorado to take on the Avalanche Saturday night.

Ottawa Matches Longest Winning Streak

(Ottawa) -- The Ottawa Senators used the most effective penalty-killing strategy possible against the Winnipeg Jets to match their longest winning streak of the season. Zack Smith and Clarke MacArthur scored third-period goals, and Ottawa did not allow a Winnipeg power play as it held on to extend its winning streak to three games with a 4-3 victory against the Jets on Thursday.   

Thursday, January 2 Scoreboard


Boston Bruins 3, Nashville Predators 2 (OT)

New York Islanders 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Carolina Hurricanes 4, Washington Capitals 3 (OT)

Ottawa Senators 4, Winnipeg Jets 3

St. Louis Blues 5, Los Angeles Kings 0

Minnesota Wild 4, Buffalo Sabres 1

Montreal Canadiens 6, Dallas Stars 4

Colorado Avalanche 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1

Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Phoenix Coyotes 0

San Jose Sharks 5, Edmonton Oilers 1

Friday, January 3 Schedule (All Times Central)


6:00 p.m. - Chicago Blackhawks at New Jersey Devils

6:00 p.m. - New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins

8:00 p.m. - Tampa Bay Lightning at Calgary Flames

9:00 p.m. - Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks