Wednesday's National Hockey League Capsules

Dec 10, 2009 - 6:17 AM BUFFALO, N.Y.(AP) -- Ryan Miller made 35 saves for his 16th career shutout, Nathan Gerbe scored his first NHL goal, and the Buffalo Sabres halted Washington's six-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory over the league-leading Capitals on Wednesday night.

Miller, owner of the NHL's lowest goals-against average, helped the Sabres slow down the high-powered Washington offense that came in with a league-high 108 goals.

Gerbe added an assist, and defensemen Steve Montador and Henrik Tallinder also scored for the Sabres (17-9-2), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Capitals (19-6-6) were shut out for the first time this season - and the first time since a loss to Columbus 11 months earlier. Washington took its first regulation loss in nine games. Alex Ovechkin was held without a point for only the fifth time in his 23 games.

Blackhawks 2, Rangers 1, OT=

CHICAGO (AP) - Dustin Byfuglien skated down the left side past defenseman Matt Gilroy and beat Henrik Lundqvist 3:43 into overtime, giving Chicago a win over the New York Rangers.

The Blackhawks tied the game with 5:55 left in regulation on a power play - their fifth of the game - when Jonathan Toews chipped in a goal after a scrum in front of the net as Chicago finally got one past Lundqvist.

Christopher Higgins scored for Rangers in the first period and it appeared Lundqvist would shut out the Blackhawks. He finished with a season-high 39 saves.

The Blackhawks improved to 19-7-3. The Rangers lost for the fifth time in six games.

Devils 4, Hurricanes 2=

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Andy Greene scored consecutive goals, the first two-goal game of the defenseman's career, and surging New Jersey beat Carolina.

Patrik Elias and Rob Niedermayer also scored for the Devils, who have won four straight and seven of eight. Martin Brodeur made 21 saves and remained tied with Terry Sawchuk for the NHL career shutout record (103).

Greene scored the second and third goals of the game, giving New Jersey (21-7-1) a 3-0 lead before Carolina scored twice in a span of 1:58 to cut it to 3-2 in the second period.

Brandon Sutter, the son of former Devils coach Brent Sutter, had the first goal for the Hurricanes (7-18-5). Tuomo Ruutu added a power-play goal.

Niedermayer's empty-netter sealed it with 5 seconds left.

Blues 1, Red Wings 0=

DETROIT (AP) - Brad Boyes scored early and Ty Conklin held on late for a shutout, leading St. Louis past Detroit.

Conklin made 42 saves against the team that couldn't afford to keep him around as a backup. It was his second shutout this season.

Jimmy Howard gave up a goal on the second shot he faced 1:56 into the game and finished with 25 saves, getting the start ahead of slumping Chris Osgood.

The Blues have won three straight road games and five of six.

The Red Wings, who have won three of their last nine, were shut out for the third time in five home games.

Maple Leafs 3, Islanders 2=

TORONTO (AP) - Jason Blake knocked home a bouncing puck with less than 5 minutes remaining against his former team, and Toronto held on to beat the New York Islanders.

Dwayne Roloson stole a win the last time New York visited Toronto, stopping 58 shots on Nov. 23. The Islanders were a little unfortunate this time as Blake's winning goal came when the puck hit fellow forward Mikhail Grabovski's skate in the corner and squirted in front.

Francois Beauchemin and Ian White also had goals for Toronto (10-13-7).

John Tavares, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, had both goals for the Islanders (11-13-7) for the second straight night, but neither effort was enough for a win. New York was beaten 6-2 at Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old Tavares, an Ontario native, leads NHL rookies with 15 goals in 31 games.

Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 0=

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jason Chimera scored for the third straight game and Steve Mason stopped 32 shots for his first shutout of the season to lift Columbus over Florida.

Derick Brassard ended a 14-game scoring drought with a late goal for Columbus, which captured a showdown between teams that had each won just one of their previous nine games.

Samuel Pahlsson added an odd empty-netter with 1:28 left, scoring unassisted while winning a center-ice faceoff.

Mason, who won the Calder Trophy last season while posting 10 shutouts in his rookie year, had given up 13 goals in the Blue Jackets' three-game losing skid.

The Panthers lost their third in a row overall and fourth straight on the road.

Oilers 3, Lightning 2=

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Zack Stortini scored his third goal of the season and had two fights in Edmonton's win against Tampa Bay.

Stortini won a standoff behind the net for the puck, moved toward the slot and scored to give Edmonton a 3-2 lead at 11:07 of the second period. He fought Zenon Konopka late in the first and again during the second.

Edmonton also got goals from Tom Gilbert and Dustin Penner. The Oilers have won four straight on the road for the first time since Nov. 14-Dec. 8, 2005.

Martin St. Louis and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, who have lost six of seven. Left wing Ryan Malone (lower body) and center Steven Stamkos (upper body), Tampa Bay's top two goal scorers this season, left with injuries.

Wild 1, Avalanche 0=

DENVER (AP) - Niklas Backstrom made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season, Antti Miettinen scored for Minnesota, and the Wild beat Colorado.

It was Backstrom's 18th NHL shutout.

Peter Budaj had 21 saves for Colorado, which has lost three straight at home but only one in regulation.

Minnesota, which has won seven of nine, has not lost to Colorado in four games this season, including two shootout wins.

The Wild scored the only goal they needed 5:57 in when Miettinen pounced on Andrew Brunette's rebound for his eighth goal. Miettinen has seven goals and nine points in his last eight games.

Flames 3, Thrashers 1=

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Olli Jokinen scored in the second period, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 24 saves in Calgary's win over Atlanta.

Jarome Iginla had a pair of assists, and Nigel Dawes and Rene Bourque added goals for Calgary (19-8-3).

With a 2-0 lead on second-period goals by Dawes and Jokinen, Calgary looked to be in control until Colby Armstrong wrecked Kiprusoff's shutout bid at 12:27 of the third to make it 2-1.

Since giving up six goals and getting pulled after 40 minutes in a 7-1 home ice loss to Chicago on Nov. 19, Kiprusoff has gone 6-2-1, posted three shutouts, and allowed only 11 goals. He has a 1.22 goals-against average and .957 save percentage during that stretch.

Kings 5, Sharks 4, OT=

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Dustin Brown scored 1:16 into overtime and Los Angeles overcame a blown third-period lead to beat San Jose.

After Dany Heatley's pass to the point went out of the Sharks' zone, Brown took the puck at center ice, skated in and beat Evgeni Nabokov through the legs for his seventh goal.

Anze Kopitar ended the longest scoring drought of his career with a power-play tally in a three-goal second period for Los Angeles. Teddy Purcell, Jarret Stoll and Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings, who have won five of six and snapped a five-game losing streak in San Jose.

Manny Malhotra tied the game for the Sharks when he beat Erik Ersberg with a wrist shot for his seventh goal of the season with 7:41 remaining in regulation.

Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle scored for the Sharks, who have dropped three straight home games for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Ersberg made 30 saves to earn his second win of the season in his first start since beating Carolina on Nov. 11.






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