Coyotes Stun Erratic Pens
Pittsburgh — Thomas Greiss stopped 23 shots — including all 15 he faced over the final two periods — and the Phoenix Coyotes edged the sloppy Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night.
David Moss, Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who never trailed while picking up two vital points in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Greiss was sharp and received plenty of help from his defense as Phoenix rebounded a night after losing starting goaltender Mike Smith indefinitely with a right leg injury in a loss to the New York Rangers on Monday night.
Kings 5, Capitals 4 (so)
Washington — Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scored in the shootout, and Los Angeles came back after allowing Alex Ovechkin’s two early power-play goals to beat Washington.
The shootout score was 2-0, because Kings goalie Jonathan Quick caught Eric Fehr’s attempt, after rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov whiffed on his opening shot for Washington.
Kuznetsov had tied the game with 41.5 seconds left in regulation with his first NHL goal.
Islanders 5, Hurricanes 4
Raleigh, n.c. — Colin McDonald had two goals and an assist, and Matt Martin also scored twice for the Islanders, who held on to beat Carolina.
McDonald scored both of his goals in New York’s four-goal first period. Cal Clutterbuck and Martin also scored in the burst that produced four goals in a span of 7:15.
Canadiens 2, Sabres 0
Montreal — Carey Price made 24 saves and Max Pacioretty and Daniel Briere scored third-period goals and Montreal earned a victory over Buffalo.
Pacioretty’s goal was the 100th of his career as Montreal extended its winning streak to three and won for the sixth time in seven games.
The Sabres have one win in their past 10 games. They played their fourth game of a five-game road trip that ends Thursday in Nashville.
Blue Jackets 4 Red Wings 2
Columbus, Ohio — Cam Atkinson scored a goal confirmed by video replay in the third period, and Ryan Johansen added an empty-netter for his second of the game to lead Columbus over Detroit.
The Blue Jackets pulled even with the Red Wings with 80 points in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.
Gustav Nyquist, last week’s No. 1 star in the NHL, maintained his hot hand with two goals for the Red Wings, who were 3-0-1 in their previous four. He has 20 goals in his last 24 games.
Blues 5, Maple Leafs 3
Toronto — David Backes completed a hat trick with an empty-net goal to lead St. Louis to a victory that sent the Maple Leafs to their sixth straight loss.
T.J. Oshie and former Leafs forward Alex Steen also scored for St. Louis, which passed Boston for the most points in the NHL with 105.
Panthers 3, Senators 2 (so)
Sunrise, Fla. — Vincent Trocheck and Brandon Pirri scored in a shootout to lift Florida past Ottawa.
Trocheck also scored in regulation and Sean Bergenheim scored a goal for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo made 37 saves.
Blackhawks 4, Stars 2
Chicago — Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith each had a goal and an assist, and Chicago held on for a win over Dallas.
Kris Versteeg and Marian Hossa also scored for Chicago, which needs just one more point to clinch a playoff berth for the sixth straight season. Patrick Sharp added two assists to help Chicago finish 4-1 against Dallas in the Central Division rivals’ regular-season series.
Ryan Garbutt scored twice for the Stars, who fell three points behind Phoenix for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
Dallas’s Tyler Seguin set up Garbutt’s goal in the second period to extend his point streak to 10 games. He has seven goals and 10 assists during the run.