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NHL Capsules

March 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Wayne Simmonds had two power-play goals in the first period as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second consecutive day, 4-3 on Sunday.

Simmonds assisted on Brayden Schenn’s goal 2:06 into the game and then scored twice in a 6:54 span to give the Flyers a three-goal lead 14 minutes in. Surging Philadelphia, which beat its cross-state rival 4-0 at home Saturday, improved to 5-1-1 in its past seven.

Defensemen Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Jayson Megna scored for the injury-depleted Penguins, who lost two straight in regulation for the first time since dropping three in a row from Nov. 6-13.

During the final seconds, the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby hit the post with a backhand off a pass from Evgeni Malkin while skating down the right wing.


NEW YORK (AP) — Antti Niemi stopped 41 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and made Logan Couture’s first-period, short-handed goal stand up as San Jose beat New York for its sixth straight win.

Niemi and the Sharks defense were the difference in this one, unlike in the first meeting between the teams, won 9-2 by San Jose on Oct. 8. Niemi, who has 27 NHL shutouts, was particularly strong during a Rangers power play early in the third.

San Jose, tied with Anaheim atop the Pacific Division, is 11-2-1 in its past 14.

In a 12-game stretch against Eastern Conference opponents that ends Tuesday at home versus Florida, the Sharks are 9-1-1.


SUNRISE, Florida (AP) — Nicklas Jensen scored in the first period and added the only goal in the shootout as Vancouver earned a victory over former goalie Roberto Luongo and the Panthers.

Alex Burrows had a goal and two assists and Dan Hamhuis also scored for the Canucks. Eddie Lack made 26 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout.

Jimmy Hayes scored two power-play goals for the Panthers. Vincent Trocheck also scored and Luongo stopped 29 shots.

Luongo faced his former team just 12 days being traded from the Canucks to the Panthers on March 4. Luongo is 2-3 since joining the Panthers.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Troy Brouwer scored two goals and Washington scored three times in the first period before holding on against Toronto.

Joel Ward had a goal and an assist, and Jason Chimera also tallied for Washington, which scored on three of its first five shots against James Reimer for a 3-0 lead.

The Maple Leafs pulled within 3-2 in the second period and it stayed that way until Brouwer’s empty-netter with four seconds left.

Dion Phaneuf had a goal and an assist for Toronto and Troy Bodie also scored.

The Capitals won their second straight. They begin a three-game West Coast swing Tuesday in Anaheim, California.


RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Justin Schultz scored a power-play goal at 9:01 of the third period as Edmonton earned a win over Carolina.

David Perron and Taylor Hall had the assists for Schultz’s ninth goal of the season.

Matt Hendricks opened the scoring at 6:43 of the first to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead. Boyd Gordon and Schultz had the assists on Hendricks’ fifth goal of the season.

Edmonton’s Ben Scrivens made 29 saves for the win, while Anton Khudobin made 31 saves for the Hurricanes.


OTTAWA, Ontario — Semyon Varlamov made 38 saves and Andre Benoit, Nick Holden and John Mitchell scored for Colorado in a win over Ottawa.

Varlamov was 6 seconds away from his second shutout of the season and 13th of his career until Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators.

Matt Duchene had two assists for the Avalanche, who have won three of four and seven of their last nine.

Robin Lehner made his second straight start for the Senators since Craig Anderson was injured last week in a loss to the Nashville Predators. Lehner made 19 saves.


BUFFALO, New York (AP) — Rookie Dustin Tokarski stopped 29 shots to earn his first NHL shutout in Montreal’s win over Buffalo.

Brendan Gallagher and Dale Weise scored for the Canadiens, who vaulted into second place in the Atlantic Division ahead of Toronto and Tampa Bay. Tokarski improved 2-0 this season.

Tokarski was filling in for starter Carey Price, who didn’t make the trip a day after stopping 30 shots in a 5-4 overtime win against the Senators in his first NHL start since Feb. 8.

Coach Michel Therrien was wary of playing Price on consecutive nights after the goalie aggravated a lower-body injury during Canada’s gold-medal run at the Sochi Games.


CHICAGO (AP) — Marian Hossa celebrated his return to the lineup with a goal and two assists as Chicago defeated Detroit to end a two-game losing streak.

Ben Smith had a goal and assist, and Nick Leddy and Jonathan Toews scored for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who are struggling to keep up with the top contenders in the Western Conference.

The Blackhawks are just 11-8-7 in 2014 and remain fifth in the conference and third in the Central Division.

Hossa was knocked out with an upper-body injury in the Blackhawks’ 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh on March 1.

Gustav Nyquist scored for the injury-depleted Red Wings, who are desperate for wins as they try to get into the playoffs for the 23rd straight time.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Dustin Byfuglien had two goals and an assist and Blake Wheeler added four assists as Winnipeg cruised past Dallas.

The win pulled the Jets to within four points of the Stars for the final wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference, although Dallas has two games in hand.

Jacob Trouba, Michael Frolik, Evander Kane, Ollie Jokinen and Tobias Enstrom also scored for the Jets, who ended a six-game winless streak that hurt their playoff chances.

Alex Chiasson and Tyler Seguin scored first-period goals for the Stars.