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Pens edge Canadiens for 13th straight win


March 26. 2013 11:46PM


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PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby scored the game’s only goal late in the second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to 13 with a 1-0 victory over Montreal on Tuesday night.


Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 22 shots he faced but did not play in the third period following a collision in front of the Penguins’ net. Tomas Vokoun filled in and made 15 saves to give Pittsburgh just the fourth combined shutout in franchise history.


Fleury appeared woozy after getting slammed into by teammate Tyler Kennedy and Montreal’s Brian Gionta late in the second period. He laid on the ice for a moment to collect himself, but did not come out of the dressing room for the third.


Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadiens, but couldn’t stop Montreal from losing consecutive games for the first time this season.


Crosby finally broke through in a tight game with 6:41 remaining in the second period, taking a long lead pass from Chris Kunitz then sending a wrist shot from the right circle over Price’s right shoulder for his 15th goal of the season.


Fleury and Vokoun made it stand up on a night the Penguins were outshot 37-25. Pittsburgh has allowed just nine goals in the last nine games of its run, the lowest total in the NHL.


The Penguins didn’t take long putting newly acquired forward Brenden Morrow to work, sending him out to take the opening faceoff. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma kept his newest acquisition on the move, sending him out with different combinations looking to find a rhythm.


Montreal did its best to prevent Pittsburgh from finding any, taking away open ice early and spending most of the time keeping Fleury busy. It hardly looked like the wild 7-6 overtime victory by the Penguins three weeks ago that kick-started their march through March.


Pittsburgh needed more than six minutes to register a shot, then again coach Michel Therrien knows a few things about handling the Penguins. He coached Pittsburgh to the 2008 Stanley Cup finals before Bylsma replaced him in February 2009, and promptly led the Penguins to a title.


Tuesday night was Therrien’s first game in Pittsburgh since his ouster. He politely nodded during a brief video tribute in the middle of the first period, but that would be the extent of the pleasantries on a night both teams hope served as a preview of a late postseason series.


Islanders 3, Capitals 2


WASHINGTON — John Tavares broke a tie with 5:18 left to help the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals.


Matt Moulson forced a turnover by Washington defenseman Mike Green next to the Capitals’ net and fed Tavares in the right circle for his 20th goal of the season. Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders.


Mike Ribeiro and John Carlson scored for Washington.


New York (15-15-3) and Washington (15-17-1) are fighting for playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders have won two straight and improved to 9-5-1 on the road. They also ended Washington’s winning streak at three games.


New York’s Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves to improve to 12-1-2 lifetime against Washington.


Jets 4, Hurricanes 1


RALEIGH, N.C. — Evander Kane had a goal and three assists to lead the Winnipeg Jets past the Carolina Hurricanes.


Kane assisted Olli Jokinen’s goal in the first period and goals by Tobias Enstrom and Alexander Burmistrov in the second to help the Jets extend their lead in the Southeast Division to six points over Carolina, which is in the midst of a 0-5-1 slide.


Ondrej Pavelec had 38 saves for Winnipeg.


Kane was credited with a third-period goal when Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain swatted at the puck and knocked it into the net past Justin Peters.


Jiri Tlusty scored his 14th of the season for Carolina, which has scored one goal in each of its past five games.


Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2


TORONTO — Joffrey Lupul scored twice in the third period, and Ben Scrivens made 40 saves in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ victory over the Florida Panthers.


Lupul scored on a power play 22 seconds into the third to put Toronto ahead 2-1. Florida tied it 23 seconds later when Shawn Matthias banked in the puck off Leafs defenseman Mike Kostka, and Lupul brought the Air Canada Centre crowd to its feet again at 3:12 with his second of the game.


Lupul has six goals in four games since returning from a broken forearm. He also scored Monday night in a 3-2 shootout loss at Boston, giving him three goals in two games since returning from a two-game suspension.


Dion Phaneuf also scored for Toronto (18-12-4). Tomas Fleischmann added a goal for Florida (9-19-6).


Oilers 3, Blues 0


ST. LOUIS — Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 43 shots and Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers shut out the St. Louis Blues.


The victory was the first for the Oilers in four games, which included a 3-0 loss to the Blues on Saturday in Edmonton. It was the Oilers’ first win in St. Louis since Dec. 11, 2009.


Despite notching a season high in shots, St. Louis lost for the third time in four games and was shut out for the third time this season. It also had a four-game home winning streak snapped.


Taylor Hall, who assisted on both of Eberle’s goals, also scored. It was his eighth of the season off a rebound from Eberle, who skated in on a breakaway.


Rangers 5, Flyers 2


PHILADELPHIA — Rick Nash scored twice, Derek Stepan had a goal and three assists, and the New York Rangers extended their dominance of Philadelphia with a win over the Flyers.


Brad Richards and Chris Kreider also scored for New York, which has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Philadelphia. Rangers coach John Tortorella became the 30th coach in NHL history to reach 400 wins, and his team maintained its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.


Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia, which lost for the third time in four games against New York this season and fell further out of the playoff race. The Flyers began the day in 13th place, five points behind the Rangers.


Lightning 2, Sabres 1


TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Buffalo Sabres.


Stamkos scored his league-leading 23rd goal of the season off a deflection past Ryan Miller at 16:01 of the first period.


St. Louis extended the lead to 2-0 at 8:15 of the second period with a power-play goal off a sharp pass from Teddy Purcell.


The Lightning ended a three-game losing streak while Buffalo failed to make up ground in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


Jordan Leopold scored for Buffalo at 16:52 of the third period.




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