National Hockey League Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkDecember 29, 2013 

Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Ott scored the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout to lead the Buffalo Sabres in a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals at First Niagara Center. After the first 10 shooters missed, Ott blasted the puck over the right shoulder of Philipp Grubauer before Ryan Miller turned back Mike Green to end the game. Miller stopped 49 shots in regulation and overtime and all six in the shootout for the Sabres, who have won four straight at home. Drew Stafford scored the only goal in regulation for Buffalo. Troy Brouwer tallied the lone goal for the Capitals, who have lost three of their last four contests.

Final Score: Florida 4, Montreal 1

Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Campbell tallied a goal and an assist as the Florida Panthers topped the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, from BB&T Center. Dmitry Kulikov and Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida, while Sean Bergenheim added an empty-netter with 17 seconds left in regulation for the final margin. Scott Clemmensen made 21 saves to help the Panthers snap a three-game losing skid. Brandon Prust netted the lone goal for Montreal, which had a pair of goals waved off. Peter Budaj allowed three goals on 24 shots in defeat.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Columbus 3

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - James Neal recorded his fourth career hat- trick along with two assists to help lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each registered a goal and two assists for the Penguins, who have won nine of their last 10 contests. Jeff Zatkoff made 25 stops in the win. Brandon Dubinsky, Corey Tropp and Nikita Nikitin lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets, who had a three-game win streak snapped. Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves.

Final Score: St. Louis 3, Dallas 2 (OT)

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Shattenkirk's goal late in overtime lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars from American Airlines Center. A night after tallying the game-winner in a shootout to top Chicago, Shattenkirk lit the lamp with 11 seconds remaining in the extra period on Sunday to help the Blues win for the fourth time in five tries. Jaden Schwartz and T.J. Oshie scored in regulation for St. Louis, while Brian Elliott made 28 saves to earn the win. Dallas battled back from a 2-0 deficit with second period goals by Jamie Benn and Ryan Garbutt 3:18 apart to tie the score and force overtime, but ultimately fell short to snap a brief two-game winning streak. Kari Lehtonen allowed all three goals on 22 shots to absorb the loss.

Final Score: Toronto 5, Carolina 2

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Kessel scored twice in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-2 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes from Air Canada Centre. Nikolai Kulemin, Paul Ranger and Dion Phaneuf also lit the lamp for Toronto, which won its second straight tilt. The Leafs had split four consecutive shootouts prior to Sunday's win in regulation. Jonathan Bernier saw a lot of action, turning away 41-of-43 shots to earn the win. Nathan Gerbe and Justin Faulk scored for the Hurricanes, and Cam Ward surrendered four goals on 26 shots to absorb the loss.

Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Tampa Bay 3

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists and the New York Rangers held on for a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Rick Nash, Chris Kreider and Benoit Pouliot also scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves for the Rangers. Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Valtteri Filppula scored for the Lightning, who have lost two straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak. Martin St. Louis had a four-game goal streak snapped for Tampa Bay and Anders Lindback allowed four goals on 29 shots.

Final Score: Vancouver 2, Calgary 0

Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Eddie Lack posted his second career shutout as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Sunday. Lack, who was in net due to Roberto Luongo being day-to-day with a lower-body injury suffered in the Canucks' 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets a week ago, stopped all 18 shots that came his way. Jannik Hansen and Mike Santorelli each scored a goal for the Canucks, who have won three in a row and are 10-1-1 overall in December. Reto Berra made 28 saves for the Flames, who have lost six of their last seven.

Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Minnesota 4

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal with 5:48 left in the third period to boost the New York Islanders to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild. Okposo had two goals and an assist, while Thomas Hickey added a goal and a pair of helpers for the Islanders, who received 33 saves from Kevin Poulin. Nino Niederreiter scored once and added an assist for the Wild. Josh Harding made 26 saves for Minnesota, which lost its fifth in a row. The Isles scored three times in the final period and rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second period.

Final Score: Winnipeg 2, Colorado 1 (OT)

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Wheeler scored 4:58 into overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. Andrew Ladd netted the game's first goal for Winnipeg 11:42 into the third period. Until then, Al Montoya and Semyon Varlamov kept every shot out of their nets. On the winner, Wheeler scored from the low slot after Mark Scheifele fed him a pass from the right side. Wheeler said he had "no idea" there was that little time left. Montoya had 33 saves for Winnipeg, including five in overtime. The Jets won their second in a row. Nathan MacKinnon scored the tying goal for Colorado just 29 seconds after Ladd's but the Avs suffered their season-worst fourth loss in a row.

Final Score: San Jose 3, Anaheim 1

San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Antti Niemi stopped 30 shots and the San Jose Sharks beat the Ducks, 3-1, to snap Anaheim's franchise-record 10-game winning streak. Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Bracken Kearns lit the lamp for the Sharks, who won their fourth in a row. The 32-year-old Kearns registered his first NHL goal. This was the start of a home-and-home series with the Ducks set to host Tuesday's contest. Anaheim has yet to lose in regulation at home this season (14-0-2), something the Sharks have done just once (14-1-3) this campaign at SAP Center. Patrick Maroon scored in the third period for the Ducks, who lost for the first time since Dec. 3 in a shootout against the Los Angeles Kings. The Ducks had their 13-game point streak (11-0-2) broken. That was three shy of the club record (12-0-4), set Oct. 6 - Nov. 9, 2006. Frederik Andersen made 20 stops for the Ducks, who had won their previous six road games.

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