January 30, 2013

NHL Roundup: Islanders drub Penguins for third straight time

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH - The New York Islanders are done playing pushovers for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Matt Moulson scored a goal and assisted on another, Evgeni Nabokov stopped 37 shots and the Islanders dominated listless Pittsburgh 4-1 on Tuesday night.

John Tavares scored for the second straight game for New York while Michael Grabner collected his fourth goal of the season and Casey Cizikas scored for the first time in his career.

"I don't consider any win easy but we came out and played the game we wanted to play and I think we didn't make the game easy for them," Tavares said.

The Islanders have won three straight against the Penguins dating back to last season, their longest winning streak in the series in more than five years.

Two of those victories have come on the road, something New York hadn't done in Pittsburgh since 2002.

Pascal Dupuis scored with just over a minute remaining to avoid the shutout but it wasn't nearly enough to keep the Penguins from losing for the third time in their past four games.

 

RANGERS 2, FLYERS 1: Ryan Callahan scored a power-play goal before leaving with an injury in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to lift New York at home.

Callahan left with an apparent left arm injury during a dustup with Flyers forward Max Talbot.

 

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SABRES 3: Matt Frattin scored his second goal of the game with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting Toronto to a win at Buffalo, N.Y.

The Sabres have lost four straight.

 

CANADIENS 4, JETS 3: Tomas Plekanec scored a tiebreaking goal on a power play at 5:31 of the third period to lift host Montreal to its fourth straight win.

 

SENATORS 3, CAPITALS 2: Sergei Gonchar scored on the power play with 2:30 left in regulation as Ottawa topped visiting Washington.

 

WILD 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period as host Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak.

 

RED WINGS 4, STARS 1: Valtteri Filppula scored two goals -- both off nifty passes from Pavel Datsyuk -- as Detroit won at home.

Henrik Zetterberg scored on a two-man advantage in the final minute of the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead, and Damien Brunner and Filppula scored 23 seconds apart in the third.

Jimmy Howard, a former UMaine goalie, made 25 saves for Detroit.

 

LIGHTNING 5, PANTHERS 2: Steven Stamkos scored his fourth goal of the season in Tampa Bay's home win.

Tampa Bay, which has won five of six to start the year, also got goals from Cory Conacher, Tom Pyatt, Dana Tyrell and Vincent Lecavalier.

The Panthers have lost five straight.

 

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