February 15, 2013

NHL Roundup: Phoenix comes up blank vs. Nashville

The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for his second consecutive shutout, leading the Nashville Predators to a 3-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

Gabriel Bourque, Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher had the Nashville goals.

Rinne has shutouts in three of his past four starts and has not allowed a goal in his last 137 minutes, 41 seconds of action. He has been strong this season on a Predators team that has struggled to score.

ISLANDERS 4, RANGERS 3: John Tavares scored one of the New York Islanders' three second-period goals and then netted the winner in a shootout at Madison Square Garden as the Islanders broke a five-game losing streak.

The Rangers squandered a 2-0 lead and had their three-game winning streak snapped.

HURRICANES 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Joe Corvo had a goal and an assist, and host Carolina won its third consecutive game.

Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal, and Jeff Skinner had two assists for Carolina.

Jordan Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, and his brother Eric Staal extended his point streak to an NHL-leading 11 games with an assist on Corvo's goal.

CAPITALS 4, LIGHTNING 3: Eric Fehr scored two goals, Mathieu Perreault had three assists, and Washington won its third straight game by beating host Tampa Bay.

Troy Brouwer and Jay Beagle had the other Washington goals.

Martin St. Louis, Teddy Purcell and Nate Thompson scored for the Lightning, who have lost six in a row.

CANADIENS 1, PANTHERS 0: Rene Bourque scored 2:10 into overtime and Montreal beat host Florida.

Bourque's winner came on a tip-in. The puck drifted in front of the crease and Shawn Matthias couldn't clear it for Florida. Instead it bounced off goalie Jose Theodore's pad and Bourque poked it in.

Carey Price made 26 saves for his 17th career shutout and second against the Panthers. The Canadiens won their second straight on the road.

Theodore stopped 31 shots for the Panthers.

AVALANCHE 4, WILD 3: Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene scored in the shootout and Colorado beat host Minnesota.

NOTES

SENATORS: Norris Trophy-winnng defenseman Erik Karlsson had season-ending surgery to repair his left Achilles after the tendon was cut by a skate blade during Wednesday's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It was a clean cut and recovery is expected to be 100 percent," said General Manager Bryan Murray. "But it does mean his year finishes at this time."

CANUCKS: Center Manny Malhotra was placed on injured reserve although there was no reason given for the move other than the player's long-term health. In March 2011, he suffered a serious eye injury when struck by a puck. He had no points in nine games this season.

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