Blues Pound OIlers, NHL Roundup
Published on January 8 2014 6:41 am
Last Updated on January 8 2014 6:41 am
Written by Millie Lange
Blues Dry Up Oilers
(Edmonton, Alberta) -- The Blues scored three times in the second to secure a 5-2 win over the Oilers at Rexall Place. Maxim Lapierre, David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko all found the back of the net in the middle period as St. Louis won its sixth straight. Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund also scored while Brian Elliott made 16 saves for the Blue Notes. Nail Yakupov and Mark Arcobello had the goals for Edmonton, which has lost five out of six. Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 29 shots in the loss.
Six more Blues players will be playing hockey at next month's Winter Olympics. Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo will skate for Canada, Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund will play for Sweden, Vlad Tarasenko is on the Russian roster and Jaroslav Halak will skate for Slovakia.
Islanders Rally Past Maple Leafs
(Toronto, Ontario) -- The Islanders scored three goals in the third to rally for a 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Frans Nielsen and Calvin de Haan each lit the lamp before Cal Clutterbuck added a late empty-net goal for New York. Michael Grabner and Kyle Okposo also scored while John Tavares had three assists in the win. Kevin Poulin made 23 saves as the Isles won their fifth game in six outings. Tyler Bozak, Mason Raymond and Joffrey Lupul all found the back of the net for Toronto in defeat. Jonathan Bernier turned away 20 shots for the Leafs, who have dropped back-to-back contests.
Flyers Hold Off Devils For OT Win
(Newark, NJ) -- After blowing the lead by allowing a shorthanded goal late, Brayden Schenn scored nearly two minutes into overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Devils at the Prudential Center. Michael Ryder lit the lamp with 30 seconds left in regulation for New Jersey to send the game to OT. Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell had given Philadelphia the lead with goals earlier in the third period. Ray Emery made 31 saves as the Flyers won their sixth game in seven outings. Adam Henrique also scored for the Devils while Martin Brodeur made 25 saves in the loss. New Jersey has lost three in-a-row and five out of seven.
Predators Sink Sharks
(Nashville, TN) -- The Predators rode a three-goal second period to a 3-2 win over the Sharks at the Bridgestone Arena. David Legwand had a goal and assist while Mattias Ekholm and Roman Josi also scored. Shea Weber added two assists while Marek Mazanec made 26 saves as Nashville ended a three-game slide. Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau each potted goals for San Jose in defeat while Antti Niemi turned away 25 shots. The Sharks have lost three out of five.
Bolts Double Up Jets Behind St. Louis
(Winnipeg, Manitoba) -- The Lightning scored twice in the third period to seal a 4-2 win over the Jets at the MTS Centre. Martin St. Louis connected on a power-play tally before adding a late empty-netter on the power play. It was his 18th and 19th goals of the season. Ondrej Palat and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Tampa Bay while Anders Lindback needed to stop just 12 shots for the win. The Bolts won three out of four on their western road trip. Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and assisted on an Olli Jokinen tally as Winnipeg lost its fourth straight. Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves for the Jets in the loss.
Crosby Sends Penguins Past Canucks
(Vancouver, British Columbia) -- Sidney Crosby's wrister in the overtime shootout was the winner for the Penguins in a 5-4 win over the Canucks at Rogers Arena. Marc-Andre Fleury saved two shots in the shootout for the Pens. Vancouver let a 4-2 lead slip away with just over a minute left as Crosby tied it just after Kris Letang found the back of the net. Chris Higgins and Zack Kassian logged a goal and assist each for the Canucks. Fleury had 22 saves to 31 for Vancouver's Eddie Lack. Pittsburgh improved to 31-12-and-1 with its third straight win. Vancouver fell to 23-13-9 after its fifth straight loss.
Ducks Skate Past Bruins
(Anaheim, CA) -- Mathieu Perreault scored twice to lead the Ducks in a 5-2 win over the Bruins at the Honda Center. Nick Bonino and Corey Perry each had a goal and assist while Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim. Jonas Hiller made 30 saves as the Ducks won their fourth straight. Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton each found the back of the net for Boston while Tuukka Rask made 15 saves in defeat. The Bruins saw a brief two-game win streak end.
Wild Edge Kings In Shootout
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Nino Niederreiter scored the lone goal of the shootout in the fourth round as the Wild notched a 2-1 win over the Kings in Los Angeles. Niederreiter also had Minnesota's lone goal of regulation, scoring almost three-and-a-half minutes into the third period. His tally came minutes after Jerret Stoll had given the Kings a lead. Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves for the Wild, who have won three straight after a six-game slide. Jonathan Quick halted 16 shots in goal for LA, which has lost six of its last seven.
Blackhawks' Khabibulin To Have Surgery
(Chicago, IL) -- Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will miss four to five months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Khabibulin hasn't played since suffering a groin injury in mid-November. General manager Stan Bowman says he may still return this season.
The Blackhawks had eight players chosen for the Olympics on Tuesday. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith will play for Canada. Marcus Kruger, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya are on Sweden's squad. Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus will play for Slovakia.
The Blackhawks are back on the ice tonight against the New York Rangers at the United Center. Chicago dipped to 29-7-9 with Sunday's shootout loss to the Sharks. The Blueshirts suffered a shootout loss to the Blue Jackets Monday. The puck drops at 7:00.
Tuesday, January 7 Scoreboard
Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres (PPD)
New York Islanders 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
Philadelphia Flyers 3, New Jersey Devils 2 (OT)
Nashville Predators 3, San Jose Sharks 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Winnipeg Jets 2
Phoenix Coyotes 6, Calgary Flames 0
St. Louis Blues 5, Edmonton Oilers 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Vancouver Canucks 4 (SO)
Anaheim Ducks 5, Boston Bruins 2
Minnesota Wild 2, Los Angeles Kings 1 (SO)
Wednesday, January 8 Schedule (All Times Central)
6:30 p.m. - Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 p.m. - New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks
8:30 p.m. - Ottawa Senators at Colorado Avalanche