Pittsburgh Rolls Again
Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson (11) rushes to the net with the puck as New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and defenseman Michael Del Zotto defend the net during the first period of their NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Ottawa, Ontario. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)
Pittsburgh — Pascal Dupuis scored twice and Evgeni Malkin had a goal in his return to the lineup, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets last night for their 14th straight win.
Chris Kunitz had a goal and an assist and Sidney Crosby had two assists to push his league-best points total to 56 as the Penguins moved within three victories of its own NHL record for consecutive wins. Malkin, back from an upper-body injury, got his first goal in three weeks. Tomas Vokoun had 20 saves and his first assist while getting his 50th career shutout.
Al Montoya, making just his fourth start of the season, made 39 saves for Winnipeg but the Jets were no match for the NHL’s hottest team.
The league record for consecutive wins was set by the Mario Lemieux-led Penguins in 1992-93. Pittsburgh hosts the New York Islanders tomorrow and Buffalo next Tuesday. If the Penguins win those games, they’ll head to New York to face the Rangers on April 3 with a chance to tie the mark.
Senators 3, Rangers 0
Ottawa — Ben Bishop turned aside 24 shots to earn his second career NHL shutout, leading Ottawa over New York.
Andre Benoit, Guillaume Latendresse and Colin Greening scored for the Senators, and Mika Zibanejad and Chris Neil chipped in with two assists apiece.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for the Rangers.
When the Senators finally relieved the pressure after about a minute, they went down ice and Latendresse beat Lundqvist with a low shot from the faceoff circle. Greening scored into an empty net with just over two minutes to play.
Kings 4, Blues 2
St. Louis — Mike Richards scored the go-ahead goal with 2:43 to play, Jonathan Quick made 20 saves and Los Angeles continued its dominance of St. Louis.
Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, and Trevor Lewis and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings. Jarret Stoll assisted on Lewis’ goal, giving him 100 with Los Angeles.
The win gives the Kings only their second sweep of a season series against St. Louis after first doing it in 2005-06. Los Angeles has beaten the Blues eight straight times, including a 4-0 sweep in last season’s Western Conference semifinals.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored both goals and Jaroslav Halak made 36 saves for the Blues.
Maple Leafs 6, Hurricanes 3
Toronto — Joffrey Lupul scored the go-ahead goal with 3:10 remaining, helping Toronto hold off a Carolina comeback and beat the Hurricanes.
Lupul raced past Joe Corvo and beat Justin Peters for his seventh goal this season.
Jay McClement sealed it with his sixth of the season on an empty-netter with 45 seconds to go before Nikolai Kulemin added his sixth with 3 seconds left — also into an empty net.
Coyotes 7, Predators 4
Nashville, Tenn. — Radim Vrbata had two goals and an assist, Rostislav Klesla added four assists and Phoenix scored six times in the opening period to cruise over Nashville.
Martin Hanzal, David Moss, Matthew Lombardi, Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette also scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a seven-game losing streak — thanks to their big first period that included five goals in a span of 6:40.
Islanders 4, Flyers 3 (so)
Philadelphia — Colin McDonald scored two goals, Josh Bailey tallied the clinching score in the shootout and New York beat Philadelphia for its fourth straight road win.
John Tavares also scored for the Islanders, who improved to 10-4-1 away from home this season to pull into a tie with the Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Panthers 5, Sabres 4 (so)
Sunrise, Fla. — Jonathan Huberdeau and Mike Santorelli scored in the shootout to lift Florida over Buffalo.
Santorelli got the winner for the Panthers, while Jason Pominville scored for Buffalo.
Shawn Matthias had two goals in regulation, and Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Fleischmann also scored for the Panthers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Jacob Markstrom made 36 saves.
Marcus Foligno, Drew Stafford, Andrej Sekera and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Sabres, and Ryan Miller stopped 36 shots.
Huberdeau tied the score at 4 with 6:09 remaining in the third period.