March 10, 2013

NHL Roundup: Klinkhammer's goal has Coyotes howling with joy

The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Rob Klinkhammer, just called up from the AHL Portland Pirates, netted his first NHL goal in his Phoenix debut, and Shane Doan also scored as the Coyotes beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Saturday night.

Mike Smith made 20 saves for the Coyotes, who ended a two-game losing streak. Phoenix won the season series from Dallas 2-1-1 and has a point in 9 of 10 games against the Stars.

Jaromir Jagr scored a goal during a five-on-three power play for the Stars, who had a two-game win streak snapped.

Phoenix took a 1-0 lead on a play in which four of the six Coyotes on the ice touched the puck within a handful of seconds and culminated with Doan's goal.

Steve Sullivan carried the puck into the Dallas zone, stopped in the left circle and sent a pass back to the streaking Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Ekman-Larsson spun right to avoid the Stars' defense and passed to Antione Vermette behind the net, who then fed the puck back to Doan at the right edge of the crease for the goal.

Solid passing also led to Klinkhammer's goal in his 16th NHL game -- all but one with Ottawa.

Dave Moss forced a turnover behind the Dallas net, and Ben Gordon intercepted a pass near the bottom of the right circle. With Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen shading right, Gordon slid the puck to an open Klinkhammer for the goal into the vacated left side of the net to make it 2-0 at 7:31 of the second.

Jagr pulled Dallas within 2-1 at 18:19, beating Smith from the top of the right circle with 17 seconds left in Dallas' first of two five-on-three power plays.

Dallas had a 1:29 five-on-three opportunity midway through the third period but was unable to solve Smith, who had allowed 16 goals in his past three starts.

ISLANDERS 5, CAPITALS 2: John Tavares scored two power-play goals in the third period as the host New York Islanders ended the Capitals' three-game winning streak.

Tavares scored his 15th goal at 12:13 and his team-leading 16th -- the 100th of his career -- three minutes later, and Evgeni Nabokov had to make just 22 saves for the Islanders. Josh Bailey, Casey Cizikas and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Islanders, who won for the third time in four games and improved to 11-11-3.

CANADIENS 4, LIGHTNING 3: Brendan Gallagher broke a tie with Montreal's third goal of the third period, and the Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens rallied to beat host Tampa Bay.

The Canadiens pulled within 3-2 on Brian Gionta's power-play goal 3:49 into the third, and Alexei Emelin tied it at 7:33.

The Lightning have lost seven of their last eight games.

HURRICANES 6, DEVILS 3: Jiri Tlusty had two goals, and host Carolina built an early lead and carried it through to a victory over slumping New Jersey.

Alexander Semin and Jay Harrison scored 28 seconds apart in the first period, and Jeff Skinner and Chris Terry -- in his NHL debut -- added goals for the Hurricanes, who won for the fifth time in six games.

BLUE JACKETS 3, RED WINGS 0: Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves in his first career shutout, and Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno took advantage of Detroit giveaways to score goals in leading the suddenly hot host Columbus to a victory over Detroit.

Jack Johnson also picked up a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, who have won four in a row and earned points in their last six.

BLUES 4, SHARKS 3: Vladimir Sobotka recorded his first career hat trick and Patrik Berglund scored 1:12 into overtime to lift St. Louis past host San Jose.

Sobotka has five goals in his last three games.

PENGUINS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4: Sidney Crosby and James Neal scored shootout goals, and Pittsburgh won its NHL-leading 11th road win.

Neal opened the shootout with a goal against James Reimer before Crosby sealed the win on Pittsburgh's second attempt after Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Toronto's Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri.

WILD 2, PREDATORS 1: Matt Cullen scored the shootout-winning goal to give Minnesota a victory at Nashville.

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