|NHL Capsules - April 1, 2013|
|Tuesday, April 02, 2013 8:38 AM|
Eds: Adds Flames-Oilers and Canucks-Sharks. Should stand.
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Defenseman Michal Rozsival scored in the fifth round of shootout after Jonathan Toews also connected in the tiebreaker, and the Chicago Blackhawks pulled out a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday night.
Rozsival, who hasn’t scored a regulation goal this season, beat Pekka Rinne with a high shot in his first attempt in a shootout this season.
Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 19th goal and rookie Brandon Saad scored in regulation to help the Blackhawks win their second straight.
The Predators were outshot 27-11 through the first two periods, but stormed back in the third to erase a 2-0 deficit on goals by Dave Legwand and rookie Taylor Beck and force overtime.
Craig Smith scored in the second round of the shootout for Nashville, but the Predators dropped their third straight (0-1-2).
Corey Crawford made 25 saves for Chicago, while Rinne stopped 38 shots for Nashville.
DUCKS 4, STARS 0
DALLAS (AP) — Viktor Fasth made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season, and Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist to lead Anaheim over reeling Dallas.
Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey also scored and Ryan Getzlaf added two assists for the Ducks, who completed a four-game road trip (2-1-1). Teemu Selanne had an empty-netter in the last minute.
Despite having to travel, it was the Pacific Division-leading Ducks that displayed more energy and passion.
Kari Lehtonen, making his 15th straight start, came up with 26 saves for Dallas, which is 1-3-0 in its last four outings — allowing 16 goals in the process.
CANADIENS 4, HURRICANES 1
MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price made 18 saves in his 300th NHL game to lead Montreal over Carolina.
Max Pacioretty scored twice, while Andrei Markov and Jeff Halpern also scored for Montreal, which swept the season series and remains unbeaten in 10 games against the Southeast Division this season.
Jordan Staal scored and Justin Peters stopped 25 shots for the Hurricanes, who have only one victory in their past nine games.
The win gives Montreal a three-point lead over the idle Boston Bruins in the race for the Northeast Division title.
Montreal’s Colby Armstrong had to be helped off the ice after a hard collision in the third.
SHARKS 3, CANUCKS 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist during a second-period scoring flurry and San Jose beat Vancouver for its fifth straight victory.
Andrew Desjardins and Logan Couture also scored for San Jose, which broke a scoreless tie with three goals in a span of 2:13 against Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider.
Chris Higgins and Alexandre Burrows scored to pull Vancouver within one, but the Sharks prevailed and extended their longest win streak since taking seven straight to open the season.
San Jose remains in the No. 6 playoff position in the Western Conference but trails Los Angeles by just one point for the fifth spot. The Canucks sit at No. 4 in the West.
RANGERS 4, JETS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Stepan scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, to lead New York over Winnipeg.
Ryan Callahan had a goal and three assists as the Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak, picking up two vital points in their fight to hold onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. New York started the night clinging to eighth place.
Rick Nash also scored for New York and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves.
The Southeast Division-leading Jets got goals from Nik Antropov and Zach Bogosian in their third straight loss. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 31 shots for Winnipeg.
BLUES 4, WILD 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jaden Schwartz and Andy McDonald each had a goal and an assist, Brian Elliott stepped in and made 19 saves, and St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Minnesota.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Barret Jackman also had goals for St. Louis.
Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, whose home winning streak ended at four games. Minnesota lost for just the sixth time in its last 21 games overall.
St. Louis began the day out of the playoffs and staring at a stretch with six of its next seven games coming on the road.
RED WINGS 3, AVALANCHE 2
DETROIT (AP) — Damien Brunner ended his 15-game scoring drought and Jimmy Howard made a late save to help Detroit hold off Colorado.
Justin Abdelkader scored late in the first period, Danny Cleary put Detroit ahead by two at 6:28 of the second and Brunner had a one-timer a few minutes later.
Colorado avoided a shutout with a power-play goal at 14:08 of the third period when Jamie McGinn’s backhander from between the circles sailed over a sprawling Howard. Matt Duchene made it 3-2 with 1:18 left, but Howard’s glove save on PA Parenteau with 7 seconds left prevented overtime.
Howard finished with 22 saves for Detroit, which had lost two straight.
OILERS 4, FLAMES 1
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Justin Schultz had a goal and two assists and Edmonton continued its drive for a playoff spot, beating Calgary for its fourth win in a row.
Taylor Hall, Ryan Jones and Nail Yakupov also scored for the Oilers, who have gone 7-2-2 in their past 11 games. With the win, the Oilers kept pace in the tight Western Conference playoff race, sitting in a tie with Columbus, one point back of eighth-place St. Louis.
Brian McGratton scored for the Flames, who said goodbye to Jay Bouwmeester after the defenseman was traded to the Blues shortly before the game.
The Flames have lost two in a row and six of their past eight.
ISLANDERS 3, DEVILS 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Frans Nielsen set up two early goals, Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves and New York continued its playoff push with a victory over New Jersey.
Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic were the beneficiaries of Nielsen’s passes, and John Tavares added his 22nd goal of the season as the Islanders won for the fourth time in five games. New York’s only loss was a 2-0 setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the winners of 15 straight games.
Alexei Ponikarovsky scored for the Devils, who are 0-1-3 since forward Ilya Kovalchuk was sidelined with a shoulder injury more than a week ago. Martin Brodeur finished with 18 saves.
Matt Martin had a knockout of Devils forward Tom Kostopoulos midway through the first period.