Niemi makes 52 saves, Canadiens stop Panthers 5-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Antti Niemi experienced two firsts in net for the Montreal Canadiens.
First, Niemi made a career-high 52 stops as the Canadiens extended their win streak to three games with a 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.
Niemi finished one save shy of the Canadiens' franchise record for saves in a game by a goaltender.
With seconds ticking off the clock in the third period, the Bell Centre fans chanted Niemi's name after every big save.
Petry, Danault lift Canadiens to 3-2 OT win against Stars
DALLAS (AP) — Phillip Danault is scoring goals in bunches for Montreal. Jeff Petry didn't waste much time finishing a rally in overtime against Dallas.
Petry scored 14 seconds into the extra period after Danault had both Montreal goals in regulation and the Canadiens rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Stars on Monday night.
Tartar’s two goals lead Canadiens past Panthers 5-3
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Tomas Tatar scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Friday night.
Jonathan Drouin had a goal and an assist, and Nicolas Deslauriers and Artturi Lehkonen also scored for the Canadiens, who won their third straight.
Henrik Borgstrom, Denis Malgin and Keith Yandle scored for the Panthers, who ended a two-game winning streak.
Canadiens goalie Carey Price out with lower-body injury
MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal goalie Carey Price will miss the Canadiens' three-game trip because of a lower-body injury.
The Canadiens said Thursday that Price will not travel to Florida. The Canadiens play the Panthers on Friday night, are at NHL-leading Tampa Bay on Saturday night, and at Dallas on Monday night.
Price is 15-10-4 with a 2.84 goals-against average in 30 games this season.
Skinner leads Sabres past Canadiens 3-2, winning streak at 8
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner scored 3:06 into overtime after getting the tying goal late in regulation, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Friday for their eighth straight victory.
Buffalo's win streak is the longest in the NHL and the team's best stretch since winning 10 in a row to start the 2006-07 season. Casey Mittelstadt also scored for the Sabres, and Carter Hutton made 31 saves.
Byron, Drouin lead Canadiens past Penguins in shootout
MONTREAL (AP) — Antti Niemi felt good after his first start of the season — and a win.
Niemi made 25 saves, and Paul Byron and Jonathan Drouin scored in the shootout to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Niemi, getting the start with Carey Price out with the flu, also stopped both shots in the shootout — on Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
DETROIT (AP) — Montreal coach Claude Julien acknowledged the Canadiens can benefit by losing, increasing their chances in the NHL draft lottery.
Julien, though, insisted coaches and players are wired to win and refuse to compete with any other goal in mind.
Nicolas Deslauriers' second goal put Montreal ahead late in the second period and they held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Thursday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins' quest for a three-peat is officially on.
Patric Hornqvist picked up his 200th career goal and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions clinched their 12th straight playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
MONTREAL — When Antti Niemi played his last game with the Penguins on Oct. 21, it would have been perfectly reasonable to assume he'd played his last game in the NHL.
Niemi had just turned 34, and given his performance in three starts in black and gold, he looked finished.
His horror-show numbers — an 0-3 record with a 7.50 goals-against average and .797 save percentage — sure didn't indicate all he needed was a change of scenery to get back on track.
MONTREAL — The Penguins were in danger of wrapping a two-game road trip in demoralizing fashion when Patric Hornqvist did a Patric Hornqvist kind of thing.
Hornqvist scored his second goal of the game on a net-front deflection with less than eight minutes to go to lead the Penguins to a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
The Penguins have won five of their last seven, bouncing back from an overtime loss to the New York Rangers the night before.
Niemi stops 35 shots in Canadiens’ 3-0 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Upon handing the puck to Canadiens goalie Antti Niemi in honor of his 35-save performance, defenseman Karl Alzner had a hard time believing how long it has been since his teammate's last shutout.
Kucherov leads Lightning past Canadiens 3-2 in shootout
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With their latest run, the NHL-best Tampa Bay Lightning have reached a new milestone: first in the league to 100 points.
Nikita Kucherov scored the tying goal in the third period and converted in the fourth round of the shootout, and Tampa Bay beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Saturday. The Lightning improved to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, with six victories coming in overtime or in the shootout.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Pominville scored on a power play at 1:26 of overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 victory over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
Pominville beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a one-timer from the left circle to give the Sabres their second straight victory over the Lightning.
Evan Rodrigues tied it for Buffalo in the third, and Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots.
MONTREAL (AP) — Antti Niemi and Charlie Lindgren are giving the Montreal Canadiens solid goaltending with starter Carey Price out with a concussion.
Niemi made 27 saves, three on short-handed breakaways in the first period, in Montreal's 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. That followed AHL call-up Charlie Lindgren's 33-save effort in a 1-0 shootout loss to Philadelphia on Monday night.
WILKES-BARRE — When the Pittsburgh Penguins placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers Monday, Colin Stevens knew there was a chance he might get a promotion to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
With circumstances sending Casey DeSmith to Pittsburgh and Niemi to the Florida Panthers, that slight chance became reality.
WILKES-BARRE — When the Pittsburgh Penguins placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers on Monday, Colin Stevens knew there was a slight chance he might get a promotion to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
And with circumstances sending Casey DeSmith to Pittsburgh and Niemi to the Florida Panthers, that slight chance became reality.
Florida Panthers claim goalie Antti Niemi off waivers
The Florida Panthers have claimed Antti Niemi off waivers to shore up their goaltending position, with starter Roberto Luongo sidelined because of an injury to his right hand.
Niemi was claimed on Tuesday, a day after being waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He allowed 16 goals in losing three games for the Penguins. Niemi is now on his third team in four months and fourth since winning the 2010 Stanley Cup with Chicago.
Two-time Cup champion Penguins turn to Murray as top goalie
LAST SEASON: 50-21-11, 111 points. Second in Metropolitan Division. Beat Nashville in six games to win Stanley Cup.
COACH: Mike Sullivan (third season, fifth NHL season).
ADDED: RW Ryan Reaves, G Antti Niemi.
LOST: G Marc-Andre Fleury, D Trevor Daley, C Nick Bonino, LW Chris Kunitz, C Matt Cullen.
Hitch back, Bishop in net as Stars hope to feel like 1999
LAST SEASON: 34-37-11, 79 points. Sixth in Central Division.
COACH: Ken Hitchcock (first season back in Dallas; 22nd NHL season, eighth with Stars).
ADDED: F Alexander Radulov, G Ben Bishop, D Marc Methot, C Martin Hanzal.
LOST: G Antti Niemi, F Patrick Sharp, F Alex Hemsky, C Cody Eakin
After celebrating a Stanley Cup championship for a second consecutive season, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Penguins' pending free agents to test the market and report back if they want to return.
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have announced their buyout of the final year of goalie Antti Niemi's contract, a plan that will spread the $3 million payment over two seasons for an annual salary cap hit of $1.5 million.
A person with direct knowledge of the decision has confirmed to The Associated Press that the Dallas Stars have placed goalie Antti Niemi on waivers with the intention to buy out the final year of his contract.
The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity on Monday because the Stars have not announced the move, which was first reported by the Dallas Morning News.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Stars have locked up a goalie with Stanley Cup Final experience in hopes of solving one of their biggest problems.
Ben Bishop signed a six-year, $29.5 million deal with the Stars, whose announcement Friday came only three days after the team acquired rights to the 30-year-old goalie from the Los Angeles Kings. Dallas gave up a fourth-round pick in next month's NHL draft.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dallas Stars acquired the rights to goalie Ben Bishop from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday for a fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft.
Bishop will be an unrestricted free agent this summer unless Dallas signs him before July 1, but the Stars clearly hope to secure the two-time Vezina Trophy finalist as their new starting goalie.
DALLAS (AP) — Already eliminated from playoff contention, the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes got glimpses of some of their potential future stars.
Julius Honka scored his first NHL goal 3:45 into overtime, and the Dallas Stars beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Skating with rookies Honka and Gemel Smith, Jason Spezza sent a cross-ice pass to Honka in the right faceoff circle, and his shot went high into the net past Arizona goalie Mike Smith.
DALLAS (AP) — Defenseman Fredrik Claesson scored his first NHL goal and added an assist to help the Ottawa Senators win their fourth straight game, 5-2 over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
Ottawa moved within four points of first-place Montreal in the Atlantic Division. The Senators' winning streak began after they acquired Viktor Stalberg and Alexandre Burrows near the trade deadline.
Craig Anderson made 35 saves and tied the Ottawa franchise record with his 146th victory.
Stars get goalie Peters from Coyotes in prospects-heavy deal
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Stars have acquired veteran goaltender Justin Peters from the Arizona Coyotes in a four-player trade involving mostly prospects.
The Stars also added minor league defenseman Justin Hache in the deal Wednesday while sending young forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock to the Coyotes.
Patrick Sharp’s 2 goals help Stars rally past Sabres, 4-3
DALLAS (AP) — Desperate for a boost going into the All-Star break, the Dallas Stars got one thanks to Patrick Sharp and Kari Lehtonen.
Sharp scored twice for the second time in five games and the Stars rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Thursday night.
Sharp upped his total to six goals this season and Lehtonen improved to 10-13-6. He allowed one goal and made 21 saves after replacing Antti Niemi to start the second period.
Sharp scores twice, Stars hold on for 7-6 win over Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Sharp scored twice, Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves had a goal and two assists each and the Dallas Stars held on for a wild 7-6 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Cody Eakin had a goal and an assist, Antoine Roussel and Adam Cracknell also scored and the Stars won for the third time in nine games (3-5-1). Radek Faksa and Lauri Korpikoski each had two assists.
Berglund lifts Blues to 4-3 win over Stars
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patrik Berglund said he was lucky. Kevin Shattenkirk said it was skill. Either way, it was another win for the St. Louis Blues.
Berglund redirected a pass from Shattenkirk into the net with 1:54 remaining, sending St. Louis to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
Jagr scores 756th career goal as Panthers beat Stars 3-1
DALLAS (AP) — Jaromir Jagr offered a brief wave to the Dallas crowd during a video tribute to Florida's 44-year-old forward in the first period.
Then the No. 2 scorer in NHL history finished off a quick start that helped the Panthers end a four-game losing streak.
Jagr scored his 756th career goal and had an assist and the Panthers stopped Dallas' season-best three-game winning streak with a 3-1 win in the Stars' traditional New Year's Eve home game Saturday night.
Jagr scores 756th career goal as Panthers beat Stars 3-1
DALLAS (AP) — Jaromir Jagr scored his 756th career goal and had an assist, helping the Florida Panthers end a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
Jagr, who passed Mark Messier for second on the career scoring list last week, gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead less than 17 minutes in. His seventh goal of the season chased goalie Antti Niemi as the Stars' season-best three-game winning streak ended.