National Hockey League Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkDecember 26, 2013 

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Reilly Smith netted a pair of goals and Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots, as Boston shut down Ottawa, 5-0, in the opener of a home-and-home set from TD Garden. David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Brad Marchand also lit the lamp for the Bruins, who have won three straight eight of 10 overall thanks to a four-goal final frame. Patrice Bergeron picked up a pair of assists, while Rask recorded his fourth shutout of the season. Robin Lehner was shelled for all five scores on 42 shots in defeat for the Senators, who have dropped four of five. These clubs meet on Saturday in Canada's capital.

Final Score: Columbus 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)

Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Atkinson scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, at Prudential Center. Atkinson, Columbus' third shooter, skated in and slipped the puck through Martin Brodeur's legs to win the game. He also added an assist in his 100th career game. Artem Anisimov tallied the Blue Jackets' lone regulation goal and Curtis McElhinney turned aside 16-of-17 shots in Columbus' third straight win. Adam Henrique lit the lamp in the third and Brodeur made 29 saves in New Jersey's third loss in four games.

Final Score: Washington 3, NY Rangers 2

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Fehr scored the game-winner late in the third period as the Washington Capitals took a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday. Fehr had a goal overturned in the second period, but gave the team the lead with 5:09 to play for the Capitals, who had dropped four of six coming in. Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green also scored, while Philipp Grubauer stopped 38 shots in the win. Carl Hagelin and Benoit Pouliot scored for the Rangers, who had won their previous two coming in. Cam Talbot made 31 saves in defeat.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Carolina 3 (OT)

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - James Neal scored 63 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, at PNC Arena. Neal led a rush through the neutral zone before working a give-and-go with Jussi Jokinen at the Carolina blueline. Neal took the return feed as he drove down the slot and fired a shot past Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters. The Penguins erased a 2-1 deficit and grabbed the lead with third-period goals by Chris Conner and Deryk Engelland, but Carolina pulled even at 3-3 on Drayson Bowman's wraparound goal with 2:29 remaining. Neal added two assists and Jokinen finished with three helpers for the Penguins, who have won eight of their last nine games. Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves to earn the win in his 500th career game. The Penguins received a mixed bag of news on the injury front Friday. Defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion) and forward Tanner Glass (broken hand) were both activated from injured reserve and played against the Hurricanes, but the season may be over for forward Pascal Dupuis, who will undergo surgery to repair a damaged ACL in his knee. Nathan Gerbe had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which has dropped four straight and seven of eight overall. Peters stopped 22 shots.

Final Score: Toronto 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Joffrey Lupul scored the lone goal of the shootout, as Toronto rallied from a two-goal deficit and downed Buffalo, 4-3, at Air Canada Centre. Phil Kessel picked up a goal and one assist for the Maple Leafs, who received scores in regulation from Jake Gardiner and Peter Holland. Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots over the first 65 minutes then turned away all three Buffalo chances in the breakaway competition. Matt Moulson, John Scott and Steve Ott provided offense for the Sabres, while Ryan Miller made 39 saves in the hard-luck loss.

Final Score: Chicago 7, Colorado 2

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Sharp's 32nd birthday was a memorable one, as the Chicago Blackhawks forward registered a hat trick in a 7-2 rout of the Colorado Avalanche at United Center. Sharp, who also collected an assist, scored twice in the first period and lit the lamp a third time 27 seconds into the second period to become the first Blackhawk with a hat trick on his birthday. Jonathan Toews had two goals and two assists for Chicago, which has won seven of its last nine games. The Avalanche made it fairly easy for Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta, testing him with just 18 shots. Jean-Sebastien Giguere was beaten seven times by Chicago on 24 shots through two periods. Semyon Varlamov relieved Giguere at the outset of the third period and made 13 saves for the Avalanche, who have lost three games in a row, all on the road, and seven of 10 overall.

Final Score: Winnipeg 6, Minnesota 4

Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Wheeler lit the lamp twice as the Winnipeg Jets won a back-and-forth contest against the Minnesota Wild, 6-4, at MTS Centre. Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen, Dustin Byfuglien, and Tobias Enstrom all scored and Jacob Trouba contributed two assists for the Jets, who snapped a two-game skid. Starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots, but Al Montoya turned aside 22- of-23 shots to help provide stability in net for Winnipeg. Mikko Koivu, Justin Fontaine, Dany Heatley, and Stephane Veilleux provided the scoring for the Wild. Niklas Backstrom allowed five goals on 37 shots as the Wild extended their losing streak to four games.

Final Score: Dallas 4, Nashville 1

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Erik Cole scored twice as the Dallas Stars took a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday. Jamie Benn and Ryan Garbutt each posted a goal for the Stars, who have won four of their last five games. Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves in the win. Kevin Klein scored the only goal of the game for the Predators, who matched a season-high with their fifth straight loss. Carter Hutton allowed all four goals on 34 shots.

Final Score: Edmonton 2, Calgary 0

Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Devan Dubnyk posted his second shutout of the season thanks to a 27-save effort as the Edmonton Oilers took a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday. Ryan Smyth scored both goals for the Oilers, who have won their past two after dropping six straight. Boyd Gordon had two assists in the win. Reto Berra made 26 saves for the Flames, who have dropped five of their past six.

Final Score: San Jose 4, Phoenix 3 (SO)

Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Marleau scored the decisive shootout goal to send the visiting San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. After the first participant for both teams lit the lamp, San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi turned away Radim Vrbata, who had tied the game with 6:25 remaining in the third period. Marleau then slipped the puck between the pads of Phoenix netminder Mike Smith before Niemi stopped Oliver Ekman-Larsson to secure the extra point. Niemi made 34 saves for San Jose, which has won three straight games -- all in shootouts. Smith finished with 28 saves for the Coyotes, whose last four games have been decided beyond regulation (1-0-3). They have dropped five of six overall.

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