National Hockey League Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkDecember 5, 2013 

Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Howard needed to make just 10 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Tomas Tatar posted a goal and an assist, while Joakim Andersson and Johan Franzen also scored for the Red Wings, who have won five of their last six games. Andy Greene scored the only goal of the game for the Devils, who have lost three straight. Cory Schneider allowed all three goals on 21 shots.

Final Score: Carolina 5, San Jose 3

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Elias Lindholm capped a three-point night with the go-ahead goal with six minutes remaining in the third period to boost the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. Jordan Staal, Riley Nash and Jay Harrison each had a goal and an assist, while Eric Staal scored the other goal for the Hurricanes, winners in three straight and five of their last six games. Cam Ward made 22 stops for Carolina, which has won five of its last six against the Sharks. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Tommy Wingels and Justin Braun tallied for San Jose, which received 30 saves from Alex Stalock. The Sharks, who allowed four goals in the final period, have lost two in a row following a six-game winning streak.

Final Score: Columbus 4, Minnesota 0

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Curtis McElhinney posted 20 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Columbus Blue Jackets dominated the Minnesota Wild, 4-0. McElhinney is the No. 1 goaltender in Columbus for the next several weeks, as reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky is out with a groin strain he suffered in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay. The two goaltenders combined for 26 stops in the win, and McElhinney's shutout on Friday gave the team its first back-to-back shutouts since Nov. 2010. R.J. Umberger and Nick Foligno posted a goal and an assist, while Cam Atkinson and Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four. Niklas Backstrom gave up all four goals on 41 shots for the Wild, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

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