Thursday's National Hockey League Capsules

Jan 4, 2008 - 6:37 AM By PA SportsTicker

MONTREAL 6, TAMPA BAY 3 -----------------------

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Michael Ryder scored two goals, including the final tally to cap a three-goal third period, to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Andrei Kostitsyn and Kyle Chipchura also scored in the final session for Montreal, which earned just its second victory in its last nine games at the Bell Centre.

Tampa Bay, which dropped its sixth game in a row overall, lost for the ninth time in its last 11 contests on the road. Not surprisingly, the Lightning own an NHL-worst 3-14-1 mark away from home.

With the game tied at 3-3 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the third, Kostitsyn gained the blue line. Although Tampa Bay defenseman Filip Kuba fell to the ice, the 22-year-old Russian fired a slap shot that sailed over goaltender Karri Ramo's left shoulder for the game's decisive goal.

Chipchura tallied just over three minutes later, and Ryder benefited from a beautiful cross-crease pass from Christopher Higgins to finish the scoring with 2:38 left in the session.

VANCOUVER 3, NY RANGERS 0 -------------------------

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Roberto Luongo made 28 saves en route to his sixth shutout of the season to lead the Vancouver Canucks to their fifth straight win at General Motors Place, a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers.

Ryan Kesler, Daniel Sedin and Jason Jaffray scored for the Canucks, who are 11-0-2 in their last 13 contests at home and have not lost in regulation at GM Place since November 1.

Luongo has been a major factor in the club's recent success at home, starting all 13 games during the surge. Over that stretch, the 28-year-old netminder has allowed just 11 goals and posted six shutouts.

He turned aside nine shots in the first period, 12 in the second and seven in the third to record his 38th career blanking.

The Rangers had numerous opportunities to get on the scoresheet but failed to get one past last season's Vezina Trophy runner-up.

CALGARY 3, SAN JOSE 2 (OT) -------------------------- SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Jarome Iginla scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Calgary Flames skated away with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Daymond Langkow recorded two assists for the Flames, who have won four straight.

Iginla lifted the Flames to victory at 3:26 of overtime, when he took control of the puck in front of the net and flipped it past goaltender Evgeni Nabokov for the game-winner. The goal capped the Calgary captain's third two-goal effort in the last four games.

With the pair of tallies, Iginla - who leads the Western Conference with 31 - eclipsed the 30-goal plateau for the seventh straight season. The 30-year-old also has six goals and three assists in his last four games against San Jose.

PITTSBURGH 6, TORONTO 2 -----------------------

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Evgeni Malkin recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to their fifth consecutive victory, a 6-2 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Rookie Tyler Kennedy, Malkin and Petr Sykora each scored in a 48-second span in the third period for Pittsburgh, which was coming off a 2-1 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday in the first NHL game played outdoors in the United States.

Malkin notched his first goal of the night with 5:34 remaining in the second session to give the Penguins a 2-1 edge. Scott Clemmensen stopped Sidney Crosby's turn-around backhander, but Malkin stuffed the rebound past the netminder.

With the contest still in doubt early in the final session, Pittsburgh rallied for three quick goals to put away the contest.

Kennedy started the rally exactly three minutes into the period with his seventh tally of the season. After his initial shot was turned aside, Kennedy collected his own rebound and fired a backhander past Clemmensen to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead.

NASHVILLE 5, EDMONTON 2 -----------------------

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Alexander Radulov scored two goals and J.P. Dumont and captain Jason Arnott each added a tally and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Jerred Smithson also scored and Dan Ellis made 26 saves for Nashville, which extended its winning streak over Edmonton to six games.

Zack Stortini and captain Ethan Moreau tallied for the Oilers, who have lost seven of their last eight.

Dumont opened the scoring at 9:31 of the first period with a power-play goal.

Standing in the right faceoff circle, Dumont grabbed the rebound of defenseman Ville Koistinen's one-timer from the top of the slot and flipped it just under the crossbar for his 13th goal of the season. The tally extended Dumont's goal-scoring streak to three games.

BOSTON 2, WASHINGTON 0 ----------------------

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Marc Savard snapped an eight-game goalless drought in the second period and Tim Thomas made 31 saves en route to his first shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins blanked the Washington Capitals, 2-0, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Former Capital Glen Metropolit added two assists for Boston, which won for the ninth time in its last 11 meetings with Washington. The Bruins have not lost to the Capitals in regulation since December 11, 2003.

Both teams skated to a scoreless standoff in the first period, though both had quality chances that just missed.

Five minutes into his first game as a Bruin, newly acquired defenseman Shane Hnidy turned over the puck to Tomas Fleischman at the Bruins' blue line. Fleischman broke in on Thomas, who made a pad save.

Marco Sturm, Boston's second leading goal-scorer, came down the left wing minutes later and fired a slap shot ticketed for Olaf Kolzig's near side. But the shot deflected off the Washington netminder and then the goalpost.

FLORIDA 4, NY ISLANDERS 3 (OT) ------------------------------

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Defenseman Jassen Cullimore scored 93 seconds into overtime, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders.

Nathan Horton recorded two goals and an assist and David Booth also tallied for Florida, which halted a three-game losing streak.

With the game even late in the third period, Cullimore was called for tripping with 2:05 remaining. But the Panthers were able to successfully kill the penalty, giving the blue-liner a chance to redeem himself.

In the extra session, fellow defenseman Ruslan Salei made a cross-ice pass to Cullimore, who beat goaltender Rick DiPietro to the stick side with a rising slap shot from just above the left faceoff circle for his first goal of the season.

After a scoreless first period, Horton netted the first of his two goals 50 seconds into the second.

MINNESOTA 6, DALLAS 3 ---------------------

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Marian Gaborik scored two goals and defenseman Brent Burns added three assists as the Minnesota Wild benefited from a four-goal first period and cruised to a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard had a goal and two assists for Minnesota, which rebounded from an embarrassing 8-3 loss to Dallas on December 26.

The Wild have won seven of their last 10 games, while the Stars have lost three in a row.

Gaborik opened the scoring with a shorthanded tally midway into the first period.

After gaining possession in his own zone, Pavol Demitra sent the puck toward center ice, and a streaking Gaborik tapped it past defenseman Trevor Daley before heading up ice. Gaborik regained possession of the puck, skated in on Marty Turco and faked him to the ice before lifting it over the prone netminder.

PHOENIX 4, CHICAGO 2 --------------------

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Rookie Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata both had a goal and an assist as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2.

Mikael Tellqvist made 25 saves for Phoenix, which won its third consecutive game.

With Phoenix leading, 3-0, Chicago received a spirited effort from two of its younger players to claw back into the game.

Defenseman Cam Barker scored his first goal of the season and Kris Versteeg netted his first career NHL tally with 87 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to one, but Fredrik Sjostrom added an empty-netter with 59 ticks left to seal the win.

The Blackhawks limped into Phoenix after getting crushed, 9-2, at Los Angeles on Tuesday. It was their worst defeat since Dallas handed them a 9-1 setback on November 4, 2005.

COLUMBUS 4, LOS ANGELES 3 -------------------------

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Activated from injured reserve earlier in the day, Michael Peca snapped a tie with 5:18 remaining in the third period with his second goal of the game, giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Sergei Fedorov and Joakim Lindstrom each had a goal and an assist and defenseman Jan Hejda set up a pair of tallies for Columbus, which has won three of its last four games.

With the contest even at 3-3, Jason Chimera unleashed a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle that Peca deflected past goaltender Jason LaBarbera from the low slot.

The two-time Selke Trophy winner had given the Blue Jackets a 3-2 edge at 6:05 of the middle period, when he tipped in Jared Boll's pass from along the right wing boards. With the two tallies, Peca doubled his season total.

Fedorov opened the scoring at 12:21 of the first period, receiving a feed from along the left wing boards by Lindstrom and firing the puck just inside the right goalpost from the slot. It was the former Hart Trophy winner's 468th career goal, tying him with Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine for 50th place on the all-time list.






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