• Correction: Rangers-Hurricanes story

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Dec. 20 about the New York Rangers' win over the Carolina Hurricanes, The Associated Press misspelled the name of Rangers player Kevin Klein. A corrected version of the story is below: Rangers beat Hurricanes 3-2 in shootout Zuccarello, Lundqvist help Rangers rally for 3-2 shootout win over Carolina By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The New York Rangers kept pressing after they had a tying goal waved off. They went back out and scored another one — and then won the game in the shootout. Mats Zuccarello scored in the tiebreaker, and the Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive win.

  • Burns gives Sharks 3-2 win over Blues in OT

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton figured he would just toss the puck into a dangerous area and trust that someone would be there. Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 4:22 into overtime after Thornton assisted on San Jose's tying tally, and the Sharks rallied past the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Saturday night for their season-best fifth straight victory. Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored with 21 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game for the Sharks. Thornton dug the puck out of the corner before delivering the pass. "It was a good all-around game with two good teams going at it," Thornton said. "We waited for the last minute to score in regulation and we waited until the last minute to score in overtime. I just figured

  • Canucks' Hansen taken to hospital after hit

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks forward Jannik Hansen is expected to be OK after it appeared he collapsed on the bench Saturday night after taking a hit during Vancouver's game against the Calgary Flames. "I think everything's good," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said following his team's 3-2 victory in overtime. "He was at the hospital. Everything's checking out, though, and I don't think there's going to a problem. Everything looks real good." Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman hit Hansen in the corner of the Calgary zone at 1:27 of the second period, lowering his shoulder to deliver a body check. Hansen skated to the bench under his own power, but appeared to be winded. He then appeared to collapse momen

  • Tanev lifts Canucks over skidding Flames 3-2 in OT

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Chris Tanev scored 18 seconds into overtime and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the skidding Calgary Flames 3-2 Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Radim Vrbata and Yannick Weber scored in regulation for the Canucks. Ryan Miller made 26 saves in his first win since Dec. 2 at Washington. Johnny Gaudreau and David Jones had the goals for Calgary, which has lost eight consecutive games. The Flames have also dropped eight straight in Vancouver. Calgary hasn't won at Rogers Arena since Dec. 23, 2011. Flames goalie Jonas Hiller, who hasn't won a start since Nov. 18, stopped 29 shots. Streaking down the ice on a 3-on-2, Tanev took a beautiful pass from Henrik Sedin and be

  • Rinne picks up 21st win as Predators beat Wild 6-5 in OT

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mattias Ekholm picked a good time for his second career goal. The defenseman scored 1:45 into overtime, lifting Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators to a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Rinne made 22 saves for his NHL-leading 21st win. It was Ekholm's first goal since a 3-2 victory against San Jose on Jan. 7. "Great goal for him, but a big one for our team as well," coach Peter Laviolette said. Ekholm circled from behind the net and flipped a pretty wrist shot past Niklas Backstrom. The nice move silenced the crowd, which just moments earlier erupted when Thomas Vanek sent the game to overtime with 48 seconds to play.

  • Pouliot scores in debut, Pens beat Panthers 3-1

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derrick Pouliot enjoyed one of the best days of his young life, playing a key role in another win for the surging Pittsburgh Penguins. The 20-year-old Pouliot scored in his NHL debut and Sidney Crosby ended his drought with a third-period goal for the Penguins during their 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. "It's incredible ... something you dream about," said Pouliot, selected No. 8 overall in the 2012 draft held at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. "First NHL game, first goal ... it's very exciting." Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45 shots to earn his fifth win in six games and 19th overall for the Eastern Conference leaders.

  • Gallagher helps Canadiens beat Senators, 4-1

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MONTREAL (AP) — Brendan Gallagher helped the Montreal Canadiens cap a great homestand with another win. Gallagher scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, Carey Price stopped 24 shots, and the Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Saturday night. Brandon Prust, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk also scored and Max Pacioretty had two assists for Montreal, which completed a 4-1-0 homestand after losing six of their previous seven (1-5-1). "That was big for us," Gallagher said. "When we started that home stretch things weren't going great for us, so it was good to be able to turn it around here, get some wins and get our confidence back. "Now we go on the road and we know what style of hockey we have

  • Carolina activates Semin from IR

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have activated forward Alexander Semin from injured reserve. General manager Ron Francis announced the move Saturday night about an hour after the Hurricanes' 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers. Semin missed five games with a lower-body injury and has one goal and five assists in 21 games. To make room for Semin, the Hurricanes sent forward Justin Shugg to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

  • Claude Giroux helps Flyers beat Maple Leafs 7-4

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Philadelphia needed a little time to get up full speed against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Giroux had two goals and two assists, Voracek added four assists to take the NHL scoring lead and the Flyers rallied to beat the Maple Leafs 7-4 on Saturday night. "I think we skated very well today. We were attacking, we were forechecking, we were backchecking," Voracek said. "How many shots did we have? 40? On the road it's tough to do, but because we were skating and aggressive with the puck that's why we scored so many goals." Voracek has 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points in 32 games.

  • Tanguay scores 2 goals, Avalanche beat Sabres 5-1

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Calvin Pickard backstopped the Colorado Avalanche to their most complete victory of the season. The 22-year-old rookie keeps turning heads in the Avalanche dressing room, this time leading Colorado to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. "He deserves a lot of credit," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "He competes hard out there. In the first he made three very good saves look pretty easy." Alex Tanguay scored a pair of goals to help Colorado snap its two-game skid. Afterward, he praised Pickard. "He's come here, he's battled and he's given us a chance every night to win," Tanguay said. "He's been nothing but spectacular." Colorado also got goals from Cody McLeod, John

  • Johnson lifts Blue Jackets over Blackhawks in SO

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets had lost 13 consecutive times to the Chicago Blackhawks in a span of almost four years. Jack Johnson and Sergei Bobrovsky didn't let it happen a 14th time. Johnson scored the winner in the ninth round of a shootout and Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots in regulation and eight in the tiebreaker to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday night. "It's big because it gets the monkey off of our backs," said Johnson, who faked a forehand and then jammed in a backhand before Bobrovsky clinched the win by blocking Bryan Bickell's low attempt. "I wasn't really aware of it until this morning. Coach (Todd Richards) told us we hadn't beaten these guys in a while

  • Islanders rally late, stun Lightning 3-1

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Once the New York Islanders finally figured out 20-year-old goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, doing it again proved to be simple. John Tavares and Anders Lee scored 12 seconds apart in the third period, after the Islanders had been stymied by Vasilevskiy, and New York stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 with a late comeback Saturday night. Shut down for nearly 57 minutes by Vasilevskiy, a 2012 first-round draft pick who played in his second NHL game, the Islanders stormed back after falling behind 1-0 on Brett Connolly's goal 9:16 into the third. Tavares tied it with 3:09 remaining, scoring from the slot while being knocked to the ice, and Lee put New York in front when he deflected in Travis Hamonic's

  • Holtby, Backstrom lead Capitals past Devils

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Speed, strength, talent and depth. The Washington Capitals had it all against the New Jersey Devils and it showed. Braden Holtby made 21 saves, Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and an assist and Alex Ovechkin scored a highlight-reel goal as the Capitals continued to roll with a 4-0 victory on Saturday night. "I think we're doing what we've wanted to do all season, but we're now finding a way to do it consistently," Holtby said after posting his second shutout of the season. "We're using our speed and size to our advantage. There aren't a lot of teams who can match up with us there. We now know it's our strength." Washington has been playing to its strength lately and it is showing in the standings.

  • Kings score twice on PP to beat Coyotes 4-2

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the third anniversary of his hiring as coach of the Los Angeles Kings, Darryl Sutter's squad delivered a solid two-way performance complete with superb special-teams play at both ends of the rink. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period during a power play, Marian Gaborik also connected with the man advantage for his sixth goal in four games, and the defending Stanley Cup champions beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Saturday. Since Sutter's arrival, the Kings have won two Cups and appear poised to challenge for a third — after going the first 45 years of their existence with only one trip to the finals.

  • Rangers, backup G Talbot agree to 1-year extension

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have reached a one-year contract extension with goalie Cam Talbot, keeping Henrik Lundqvist's backup away from unrestricted free agency. The 27-year-old Talbot agreed to a $1.45 million deal for next season. He is earning $575,000 this season. Talbot is 2-3-1 with a 2.34 goals-against average and two shutouts in seven games. He is the only NHL goalie with six starts or fewer to post two shutouts this season. He did it in back-to-back outings against Philadelphia in November. In 28 NHL appearances over two seasons with the Rangers, Talbot is 14-9-2 with a 1.80 GAA and five shutouts. He is one of two players in Rangers history to earn at least five shutouts in his first 24 NHL starts

  • Short-handed Jackets lose Jenner for 1-2 months


    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The injury-riddled Columbus Blue Jackets will be without forward Boone Jenner for one to two months because of a stress fracture in his back. The club placed Jenner on injured reserve Saturday and recalled center Sean Collins from its American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts. Jenner had six goals and six assists in 20 games, including five goals and an assist in the Blue Jackets' current eight-game points streak (7-0-1). Collins has played in two games for Columbus this season and has 10 goals and nine assists in 27 games at Springfield. The Blue Jackets were already without several top players because of injuries.

  • Sabres recall Grigorenko for game against Avs


    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Center Mikhail Grigorenko is back with the Buffalo Sabres for the second time in a week after being recalled from the minors. Grigorenko was called up from AHL Rochester on Saturday before the Sabres' home game against the Colorado Avalanche. The 2012 first-round draft pick was called up Monday and played in Buffalo's 5-1 loss at Winnipeg the following day. Grigorenko was then returned to Rochester following the game, in which he had one shot and logged just under 17 minutes of ice time. It was Grigorenko's first NHL game since Nov. 27, 2013. The Sabres have a need at forward with Cody McCormick and Torrey Mitchell both nursing lower-body injuries.

  • Benn leads Stars to 2-1 win over Flames


    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jamie Benn provided the Dallas Stars with all the offense they would need Friday night. Benn had a goal and an assist as the Dallas Stars edged Calgary 2-1 on Friday night, the Flames' seventh straight loss. "We wanted to play good team defense and take advantage of their mistakes. I don't think we wanted to go run-and-gun with them," Benn said. "They're kind of a desperate team right now and that's a dangerous team. I thought we did a pretty good job." Trevor Daley also scored for the Stars (15-10-4), while Kari Lehtonen, starting his fifth game in a row, made 21 saves.

  • Hutchinson makes 30 saves, Jets beat Bruins

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Boston draft pick Michael Hutchinson had some fun at the Bruins' expense. Hutchinson made 30 saves and Mathieu Perreault broke a tie with 23 seconds left in the second period in the Winnipeg Jets' 2-1 victory over the Bruins on Friday night. "I get energy from watching the guys work so hard in the other zone. They really gave it to them," Hutchinson said about Winnipeg's 16-4 shots advantage in the opening period. "It's easy to stay in the game when you're just enjoying your team battle in the offensive zone." Evander Kane also scored for Winnipeg. Defenseman Jay Harrison, acquired by the Jets in a trade with Carolina on Thursday, had an assist on his first shift.

  • Hoffman scores 2, Senators beat Ducks 6-2

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris seem to have found their scoring touch again, and that's good news for the Ottawa Senators. Hoffman had one goal in his last 15 games before scoring twice Friday night to lead the Senators in a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Turris, who had just two goals in his previous 10 outings — both on Wednesday — added a goal and an assist Friday as Ottawa recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since early November. "It's something that comes and goes over an 82-game season and you just try to take advantage of when it's coming," Turris said of his flurry of goal. "I feel like we've been playing better and playing with more pace and better through the neu