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  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
    Canucks shake off slow start to beat Buffalo
    By The Sports Xchange

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The relief felt by the Vancouver Canucks only added to the Buffalo Sabres' frustration.

    • The Canucks shook off a slow start and took control of the game with a pair of power-play goals in the second period to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 Friday night.

      Rookie center Bo Horvat kick-started the Canucks by tying the game 1-1 during a scramble with just 24 seconds left in the first period. The win snapped a three-game, home-losing streak for Vancouver.

      "It may not have started the way we wanted it to but by the end of it we were playing really well," said Horvat, who scored his fourth goal of the season.

      "Having that goal, we were feeling good about ourselves. It helped our confidence as a team and got the guys going."

      The struggling Sabres suffered their 14th consecutive loss. Buffalo inched closer to the NHL record of 17 consecutive defeats.

      "It stings for sure," said right winger Chris Stewart, who scored both Buffalo goals on the power play. "It's such a good group of guys in this room. No one is happy about it.

      "It's disgusting if you think about it. It's not from a lack of effort. Teams kick you when you're down and they're not going to take it easy on you. No one wants to be the team that gives up that losing streak. We have to forget about this one tonight."

      Defenseman Yannick Weber and center Nick Bonino scored power-play goals 3:36 apart in the second period for Vancouver. Left winger Chris Higgins scored his first goal in 13 games and added an assist while right winger Radim Vrbata scored into an empty net.

      Higgins was happy to end his scoring drought.

      "It's been a while," he said. "The game's not all about scoring, but I think I have to produce at a better clip for our team to go a long way this year.

      "You put a lot of pressure on yourself, but that's what makes it fun playing a team game."

      Over the last few games Bonino has rang shots off the post and cross-bar. Against the Sabres he batted a pass from center Henrik Sedin out of the air past Buffalo goaltender Matt Hackett.

      "It's the nice shots that don't go in, the greasy ugly rebounds that do," said Bonino, who has 11 goals on the season.

      "You have to go to the net. I was happy that one went in."

      Canuck goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 20 shots in his first game against his former team. Miller played 11 seasons with Buffalo before being traded to St. Louis late last season. He then signed with Vancouver as a free agent in the summer.

      "I'm not going to lie, it was a little bit weird looking down the ice and seeing that jersey," said Miller. "But it just turns into a hockey game and you want to win, you want to compete. It was nice to get that win."

      The Sabres dominated most of the first period, then watched the Canucks take over the game in the second. Right winger Brian Gionta blamed himself for taking a penalty that set up the Canucks second power-play goal.

      "I put that on myself," said the Sabres' captain. "Bad penalty there and it cost us the game.

      "You go down 3-1, we're struggling right now, that definitely hurts. We battled, we tried. We just have to have find ways to get a win, no matter what."

      Hackett, playing in his first NHL game since suffering a major knee injury last April, stopped 33 shots.

      The Canucks set seventh in the Western Conference with 57 points from a 27-17-3 record.

      The Sabres remain last in the NHL with a 14-33-3 record for 31 points.

      Bonino said the Canucks didn't take the Sabres lightly.

      "We didn't overlook them," he said. "We let in a goal early, it woke us up. Then we played well after that."

      NOTES: The Canucks called up D Adam Clendening from the AHL Rockford IceHogs on Friday after acquiring him in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday for D Gustav Forsling. ... With RW Brad Richardson (lower body) and RW Derek Dorsett (upper body) out, Vancouver dressed Latvian LW Ronalds Kenins after being called up from the AHL Utica Comets. ... The Canucks scored one goal in their previous three home games. ... Vancouver's homestand continues Sunday against the Minnesota Wild in a game scheduled to start in the afternoon because of the Super Bowl. ... Former Canucks C Cody Hodgson was a scratch for the Sabres. ... Buffalo rookie D Nikita Zadorov returned to the lineup after being suspended for missing practice Monday. ... G Michal Neuvirth is out of the Buffalo lineup with a lower-body injury. ... The Sabres are last in the NHL in offense and on the power play. ... The Sabres, coming off a 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Thursday, were playing their 12th of 19 back-to-back games. ... Buffalo's five-game road trip ends Tuesday in Montreal. ... The Canucks play in Buffalo on Feb. 26.

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
    Blackhawks big guns shoot down Ducks
    By The Sports Xchange

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When their best players are finding their way onto the scoresheet, the Chicago Blackhawks are a tough team to beat.

    • That was the case Friday, when the Blackhawks dominated the league-leading Anaheim Ducks 4-1 at Honda Center in a clash between Western Conference powers.

      Right winger Patrick Kane led the way for Chicago with two goals and an assist. Center Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith both found the back of the net, while left winger Patrick Sharp assisted on all four Chicago goals.

      "That's the way Kane's been playing all year but he just seems to be getting better every night," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Sharpie was excellent tonight as well; that line had a big night for us."

      Right winger Rickard Rakell scored the lone goal for Anaheim.

      Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 21 of 22 shots while Anaheim netminder Frederik Andersen made 29 of 33 saves.

      The Blackhawks took the season series by winning two of three games, as the teams will not meet again this regular season.

      On the heels of a successful penalty kill, Chicago opened the scoring at 5:30 of the first period with their two top point-producers finding themselves in an odd-man situation. Kane sent a pass into the right slot for Toews, who initially mishandled the puck but recovered to fire it past Andersen for his 15th goal of the season.

      "I thought we started the right way, it was nice to get an early goal and I think we played a perfect road game," Kane said.

      The Blackhawks took a 2-0 edge when Keith inched up from the left point and blasted a slap shot through Andersen. The Ducks contended that Toews interfered with Andersen, but it appeared as though Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner pushed Toews to create the initial contact with the Anaheim netminder. It was Keith's seventh goal of the season.

      "One-nothing, two-nothing, anything can happen so scoring that second goal was big," Sharp said. "It seemed like we were skating well all game long and we didn't have any letdowns throughout the 60-minute game."

      Chicago took a commanding 3-0 lead with 4:37 left in the second stanza as Kane roofed a wrist shot to the short side off the rush. The goal was Kane's team-leading 24th of the season.

      The Ducks got on the board with 9:54 left in the game when right winger Corey Perry's fake shot took defenseman Brent Seabrook out of the play before he slid the puck across to a wide open Rakell. Rakell buried his fifth goal of the season, which came on the power play.

      Anaheim's top scorers--Perry, defenseman Sami Vatanen and centers Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler --combined for a solitary point Friday. Conversely, Sharp and Kane produced seven points, with Toews and Keith also finding their way onto the scoresheet as well for Chicago.

      "That's what we're here to do," Kane said. "We have a lot of responsibility to do some good things out there. But it was a good effort by everyone, not just the top guys."

      Sharp centered a puck that Kane redirected home for his 25th goal, sealing the victory with 6:35 remaining in the contest.

      Both teams were coming off disappointing losses in their previous games. Chicago blew a late third-period lead to fall to Los Angeles in regulation at Staples Center on Wednesday. The Ducks were beaten soundly at San Jose, losing 6-3 Friday. They had lost a back-to-back hosting Chicago and visiting San Jose back in November as well.

      "We know that we've lost the season series against Chicago and San Jose, the only two teams we've lost the season series against. We know we have to be better," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But let's not talk like we're friggin' Buffalo. We had a bad weekend after winning six straight."

      NOTES: Anaheim D Eric Brewer (foot) was activated from injured reserve and could return to the lineup on Tuesday against Carolina, meaning all of the Ducks' regulars will be available for the first time this season. ... Chicago was once again without RW Kris Versteeg (hand), who has not played since New Year's Day. He likely will return to action in February. ... Blackhawks LW Daniel Carcillo served the fifth of a six-game ban for a cross-check that injured Winnipeg C Mathieu Perreault and caused him to miss 10 days. ... Chicago dealt D Adam Clendening to Vancouver on Thursday, acquiring D Gustav Forsling, a prospect currently playing in his native Sweden. Clendening had two points in four games with Chicago this season and 13 points in 38 games with their American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Ill.

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
    NHL roundup: Pens end Devils' hex in Newark
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEWARK, N.J. -- Simon Despres scored a goal with 2:39 left in overtime, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at the Prudential Center.

    • Despres sent a soft wrist shot from the point that just snuck in off the post with traffic on front of Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, who apparently didn't see the shot.

      The victory enabled the Penguins (28-13-8) to snap a five-game losing streak to the Devils in Newark and only the fourth win in 16 games over the last six years at the Prudential Center. It was just the Penguins' second win in their last seven games.

      The loss snapped a modest two-game win streak for the Devils (18-22-9).

      Left winger Chris Kunitz scored a game-tying goal with just 3:11 remaining in regulation on a power play score after the Devils took a 1-0 lead on a goal from right winger Steve Bernier with 14 minutes left.

      Blues 3, Hurricanes 2 (SO)

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the decisive goal in a shootout for the second night in a row as St. Louis defeated Carolina at PNC Arena.

      Right winger Ryan Reaves and center David Backes gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead less than 3 1/2 minutes into the game.

      Defensemen Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy responded with goals to pull Carolina even before a scoreless third period.

      Blues goalie Jake Allen, playing for the second time against Carolina this season, stopped 26 shots.

      Goalie Cam Ward, in a relief appearance, made 29 saves for the Hurricanes. Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin stopped one of three shots and was replaced just 3:25 into the game after posting victories in his past three outings.

      Avalanche 3, Predators 0

      DENVER -- Goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots, right winger Jarome Iginla had a goal and Colorado beat Nashville.

      Center Maxime Talbot and left winger Gabriel Landeskog also scored and center Nathan MacKinnon had two assists for Colorado.

      Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec had 25 saves in his first start of the season.

      Canucks 5, Sabres 2

      VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Defenseman Yannick Weber and center Nick Bonino scored second-period power-play goals as Vancouver defeated Buffalo.

      Left winger Chris Higgins, center Bo Horvat and right winger Radim Vrbata also scored for Vancouver, the latter coming with an empty net.

      Right winger Chris Stewart scored two power-play goals for the Sabres.

      Canuck goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 20 shots in his first game against his former team while Sabres' goalie Matt Hackett, playing in his first NHL game since suffering a major knee injury last April, stopped 33 shots.

      Blackhawks 4, Ducks 1

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chicago dominated league-leading Anaheim at Honda Center.

      Right winger Patrick Kane led the way for Chicago with two goals and an assist. Center Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith both found the back of the net, while left winger Patrick Sharp assisted on all four Chicago goals.

      Right winger Rickard Rakell scored the lone goal for Anaheim.

      Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 21 of 22 shots while Anaheim netminder Frederik Andersen made 29 of 33 saves for Anaheim.

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
    Varlamov, Avalanche shut out Predators
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- A short meeting with assistant coach Francois Allaire worked wonders for goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

    • Varlamov shook off what he called a subpar game Tuesday to stop 23 shots, right winger Jarome Iginla had a goal and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Friday night.

      "We had two days between the games and that helped a lot," Varlamov said. "I wasn't happy with my game three nights ago, couple of bad goals I give up. I had a meeting with my goalie coach and we were talking about my game and he reminded me of a couple of good things. That was good."

      Center Maxime Talbot and left winger Gabriel Landeskog also scored and center Nathan MacKinnon had two assists for Colorado.

      The shutout was Varlamov's fourth of the season and 17th of his career, and it came three days after he allowed four goals in an overtime loss in Nashville. He wasn't happy with his play but a quick pregame powwow with Allaire, Colorado's goaltending coach, made a difference Friday.

      Varlamov stopped 54 shots in Chicago on Jan. 16 but faced less than half the shots against the Predators.

      "Varlamov is one of the better goalies in the game," Nashville defenseman Roman Josi said. "We couldn't get anything past him."

      Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec made 25 saves in his first start of the season.

      The Avalanche (21-18-11) rallied after a poor start to challenge for the last wild-card spot with 32 games left. Colorado is 8-3-3 in its last 14 games and moved within two points of idle Calgary for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

      The Flames played one fewer games than the Avalanche.

      "Our focus hasn't been on getting in the playoffs it's about getting better and just building," Iginla said. "Guys know where we are but it's about how we're playing. We're gaining some confidence. We know there's a ways to go but his is a good team we beat tonight."

      Nashville (31-11-6) lost four of five after a five-game winning streak.

      Colorado put pressure on Mazanec early, including a power-play chance midway through the first period. The Avalanche only managed one shot on the man advantage but scored 26 seconds after Josi got out of the box.

      Center Ryan O'Reilly put a shot on net, MacKinnon tried to swat the rebound in and it bounced in front of the crease where Talbot knocked it in the wide-open net at 13:49 of the first.

      The Predators had two breakaway chances in the second period. Left winger Gabriel Bourque couldn't control a backhand as he went in on net and Varlamov made a save on rookie left winger Filip Forsberg later in the frame.

      "He made a couple of saves but we had some good chances," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said of Varlamov. "Filip hit a crossbar, Bourque made a good move but the puck just slipped off his stick. He made some saves, but we could have done a better job getting traffic in front of him."

      Colorado took a two-goal lead early in the third. The Predators killed off a hooking minor on defenseman Mattias Ekholm but the Avalanche struck soon after. Center Matt Duchene got the puck behind the net and fed Iginla in front. His snap shot from in close beat Mazanec at 14:06.

      It was Iginla's team-leading 16th of the season and the 1,200th point of his career.

      "I got a great pass from Dutch and a screen right in front from (right winger Cody McLeod)," Iginla said. "I don't think the goalie saw it."

      Mazanec came off for an extra skater with 2:15 left and Landeskog scored into the empty net at 18:49.

      NOTES: Nashville C Olli Jokinen was a healthy scratch. He has not scored a goal in his past 10 games and has just three goals and three assists in 47 games. ... The Avalanche recalled D Stefan Elliott from Lake Erie of the AHL. Elliott gives Colorado seven defenseman after it was announced that All-Star D Erik Johnson will miss 3-8 weeks after having surgery on his right knee. ... The Predators' 4-3 overtime win over Colorado on Tuesday was their eighth straight home victory. That ties the franchise record set Jan. 6-Feb. 7, 2007. ... Elliott celebrated his 24th birthday on Friday.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Penguins' late rally sinks Devils in OT
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEWARK, N.J. -- For all intents and purposes, the Pittsburgh Penguins were headed toward another loss to the New Jersey Devils on the road.

    • Only three minutes were left in regulation and Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was having the game of his life, stopping shot after shot -- 41 in all.

      Despite their recent struggles overall and in New Jersey, the Penguins were not ready to give up. They had a simple, collective message.

      "Just stay with it," said Pittsburgh left winger Chris Kunitz, who scored the tying goal on a power play with 3:11 left in regulation.

      Kunitz set the table for defenseman Simon Depres to score the winner with 2:39 left in overtime, giving the Penguins a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Devils on Friday night at the Prudential Center.

      "The way things have been going lately, we could have just accepted this as a loss, but we all stayed with it," said Kunitz, whose 15th goal of the season was the first shot to get past Schneider all night. "That was the key. We stayed with it, stayed focused, kept the pressure on."

      Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, "We talked about that, the last couple of days, that most importantly, we had to stay with it. We were playing our game. We played a good game. We didn't flinch after they scored. We did whatever it took to get the game-tying goal."

      After Kunitz scored to send the game to overtime, Despres sent a soft wrist shot from the point that just snuck in off the post with traffic on front of Schneider, who apparently didn't see the shot.

      The victory enabled the Penguins (28-13-8) to snap a five-game losing streak to the Devils in Newark and win for only the fourth time in 16 games during the last six years at the Prudential Center. It was just the Penguins' second win in their last seven games.

      "It was all about keeping focus on what you're doing, staying with it," Pittsburgh center Brandon Sutter said. "We knew that there was a lot of time left to get the tying goal and then whatever happened after that, we would take. We just wanted to give ourselves a chance."

      The loss snapped a modest two-game win streak for the Devils (18-22-9).

      The Devils had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal from right winger Steve Bernier with 14 minutes left, an unassisted wraparound goal to snap a scoreless deadlock, his fourth goal in the last five games.

      And for a while, especially with the way Schneider was playing in net, it appeared as if the one goal would stand up.

      "That’s probably one of the better goaltending performances I've seen in a long time," Devils interim head coach and general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "He gave us a chance to win. It's a shame that he didn't get the win. He deserved to win."

      But the Devils can lament the fact that they had only 14 shots on goal -- seven of which came in the first two periods. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had to make only 13 saves to collect his 23rd win of the season.

      "We can't rely on Schneids to save us every night," Devils veteran center Patrik Elias said. "It is what it is. We didn't deserve to win, no matter how we look at it. We have to do a better job of scoring. We can't sit back and just expect our goalie keep us in the game. We have to be hungry."

      The Devils have to regroup with Florida coming in Saturday night.

      "It's past," Lamoriello said. "It's over. It's a game. We didn't generate any offense. We didn't have any offensive chances. We had a lot of unforced turnovers and errors. We gave them a chance to win. You have to shoot the puck to get opportunities. It's as simple as that."

      NOTES: Veteran C Maxim Lapierre centered the Penguins' third line for the second straight game after he was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues for C Marcel Goc on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Lapierre is having a down season (two goals, seven assists in 45 games), but his playoff experience could come in handy down the stretch. Lapierre is also excellent on faceoffs, winning 54 percent of his draws, better than any other Penguins player. Lapierre is a strong physical presence who has gained a reputation for being an agitator. ... Friday's game was the second of a five-game homestand for the Devils, who will be home for 20 of their final 34 games this season. ... Devils G Cory Schneider started his NHL-best 43rd game in goal this season. ... The Devils activated RW Tuomo Ruutu from injured reserve. Ruutu had the flu. ... Devils RW Jaromir Jagr also returned to action after acknowledging that he indeed had the mumps before the All-Star break, the sixth Devils player to contract the illness this season.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Shattenkirk's shootout goal wins it for St. Louis
    By The Sports Xchange

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- It all turns out fun for St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk these days.

    • He scored the decisive goal in a shootout for the second night in a row as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday at PNC Arena.

      "It's a nice feeling when it happens like this and it kind of all works out," Shattenkirk said. "To get two in a row was a little unusual."

      Shattenkirk, who notched the winner Thursday night at home against Nashville, was the lone player to score in the shootout, allowing the Blues to escape after squandering a two-goal lead to Carolina. St. Louis (31-13-4) won its fourth game in a row.

      The outcome denied the Hurricanes (17-25-6) in their attempt to match a season-best, four-game winning streak.

      Right winger Ryan Reaves and center David Backes gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead less than 3 1/2 minutes into the game.

      Defensemen Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy responded with goals to pull Carolina even before a scoreless third period.

      Blues goalie Jake Allen, playing for the second time against Carolina this season, stopped 26 shots.

      Goalie Cam Ward, in a relief appearance, made 29 saves without allowing a goal for the Hurricanes. Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin stopped one of three shots and was replaced just 3:25 into the game after posting victories in his past three outings.

      "The goalie change kind of woke everybody up," Ward said. "It was clear that we could have got off to a better start."

      Ward hadn't played in the previous three games after a rough outing Jan. 16 in a loss to Vancouver. He said that was his "only hiccup" since November.

      "It's difficult," he said of warming up with little notice. "Part of being a professional is being ready at any given time."

      The Blues have a 10-game points streak. St. Louis played into overtime for the fourth time in the last seven games.

      In the shootout, Shattenkirk put a dent in Carolina's uprising. He said he studied the way center T.J. Oshie approached Ward on the Blues' first attempt in the shootout session.

      Shattenkirk, an All-Star for the first time earlier this month, was up next.

      "I keep it simple and stick to my moves," he said.

      With the fathers of St. Louis players on the trip, Shattenkirk has suddenly set a high standard by producing winning tallies on consecutive nights. He said he was fine with giving his dad a few thrills.

      This was the first road game after a seven-game homestand (6-0-1) for the Blues.

      "We need to win on the road, too," Allen said. "We came out strong, started out flying."

      The Hurricanes have picked up at least one team point in nine of their last 11 games, but they remain in last place in the Metropolitan Division.

      Reaves scored 1:48 into the game when he was left alone in front of the net and fired the puck past Khudobin.

      Backes scored at 3:25 of the opening period, a slap shot from the right side. He holds the top active points streak in the NHL at nine games.

      Faulk put the Hurricanes on the board with 9:03 left in the opening period. His delivery of the puck from near the blue line looked innocent, but it made its way through traffic all the way to the net. It was Carolina's first shot on goal.

      "We started to play harder and play smarter," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said.

      Faulk's 10th goal of the season means it's only the ninth time a Hurricanes defenseman has 10 or more goals in a season since the franchise relocated to North Carolina in 1997.

      Murphy's goal was his first of the season, coming on a power play with 5:41 remaining in the second period. The puck made it through several sticks and legs to reach the net.

      Carolina's power-play goal came shortly after the Hurricanes killed off a penalty against the NHL's top power-play unit.

      NOTES: C David Backes played in his 615th game -- all with the Blues -- on Friday night, tying with Bob Plager for sixth on the franchise's career list. ... Carolina RW Alexander Semin has been a healthy scratch for four games in a row. He has declined interview requests. ... St. Louis assistant coach Kirk Muller was back at PNC Arena for a game for the first time since he was fired as Carolina coach after last season. ... St. Louis and Tampa Bay are the only NHL teams with six players with at least 30 points this season. Carolina has played those teams in back-to-back games. ... Six of the previous nine meetings between Carolina and St. Louis were decided by one goal. ... The Blues play Sunday at Washington. The Hurricanes play their next four games on the road, beginning with a Saturday date against the New York Rangers.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    NHL notebook: Blackhawks legend Mikita has dementia
    By The Sports Xchange

    Stan Mikita, Chicago Blackhawks legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member, has been diagnosed with dementia, according to his family.

    • A statement was released by a family spokesman Friday and confirmed by his daughter, Jane.

      Mikita, 74, spent all 22 of his NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, and is their all-time leader in points (1,467) and games played (1,394), and second in goals (541). He helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961 and won the Art Ross Trophy four times in a five-season span between 1964 and 1968. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

      Mikita retired after the 1979-80 season, and he and his family continue to live in the Chicago area.

      ---The Columbus Blue Jackets activated defenseman Ryan Murray, who has missed the last 36 games due to a knee injury, off injured reserve.

      The club also assigned right winger Josh Anderson to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

      Murray, 21, who also missed the first seven games of the season due to offseason knee surgery, has recorded two penalty minutes in four games this season.

      Anderson, 20, made his NHL debut on Jan. 16 against the New York Rangers and registered his first league point, an assist, on Thursday night at Florida.

      ---The Boston Bruins assigned goaltender Niklas Svedberg to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League on a conditioning loan.

      The club also recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from Providence.

      Svedberg, 25, has appeared in 12 games for Boston this season, earning a 5-5-0 record with two shutouts, while posting a 2.22 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.

      Subban has played in 22 games for Providence this season and the 21-year-old has posted a 9-10-2 record, 2.47 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

      ---The St. Louis Blues recalled forward Ty Rattie from their American Hockey League affiliate.

      Rattie, 21, has dressed in 43 games for the Chicago Wolves this season, ranking second on the club with 28 points while sharing fifth in the AHL overall with 17 goals. The second-year player was named to the 2015 AHL All-Star Game, where he posted a goal and three assists.

      --- The Winnipeg Jets placed forward Matt Halischuk on injured reserve and recalled forward T.J. Galiardi from St. John's of the American Hockey League.

      The 26-year-old Halischuk has an undisclosed injury. He has scored two goals and totaled seven points in 38 games this season for the Jets.

      Galiardi, 26, was sent down earlier in the day and then summoned by the Jets after Halischuk went on IR. The 26-year-old has one goal in 26 games this season for Winnipeg.

      ---The Anaheim Ducks reassigned defenseman Colby Robak to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.

      Robak, 24, earned one assist in five games with the Ducks after being acquired from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Jesse Blacker and a conditional draft pick on Dec. 4.

      Robak has tallied four assists and 25 penalty minutes in 47 games with Anaheim and Florida.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Jets put Halischuk on IR
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Winnipeg Jets placed forward Matt Halischuk on injured reserve and recalled forward T.J. Galiardi from St. John's of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • The 26-year-old Halischuk has an undisclosed injury. He has scored two goals and totaled seven points in 38 games this season for the Jets.

      Galiardi, 26, was sent down earlier in the day and then summoned by the Jets after Halischuk went on IR. The 26-year-old has one goal in 26 games this season for Winnipeg.

      In 309 career NHL games, Galiardi has 105 points and 136 penalty minutes with the Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche. He was drafted in the second round in 2007 by the Avalanche.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Blackhawks legend Mikita diagnosed with dementia
    By The Sports Xchange

    Chicago Blackhawks legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member Stan Mikita has been diagnosed with dementia, according to his family.

    • A statement was released by a family spokesman Friday and confirmed by his daughter, Jane.

      "Stan has been diagnosed with suspected Lewy Body dementia, a progressive disease, and is currently under the care of compassionate and understanding care-givers," the statement said. "A true Chicago sports icon, Stan has always felt that fans are first and foremost. The family of Stan Mikita truly appreciates the support he has received over the many years he has played, worked and lived in the Chicago area. They hope the fans will keep him in their thoughts and prayers, and respect his privacy during this difficult time."

      The Blackhawks also released a statement on Mikita's health:

      "We are aware of the unfortunate health news regarding Blackhawks Ambassador and Hockey Hall of Famer Stan Mikita. We are thinking of Stan and his family at this difficult time and wish him well. Stan's family has asked for privacy and we hope all will respect their wishes."

      Mikita, 74, spent all 22 of his NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, and is their all-time leader in points (1,467) and games played (1,394), and second in goals (541). He helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961 and won the Art Ross Trophy four times in a five-season span between 1964 and 1968. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

      Mikita retired after the 1979-80 season, and he and his family continue to live in the Chicago area.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Ducks reassign D Robak
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks reassigned defenseman Colby Robak to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Robak, 24, earned one assist in five games with the Ducks after being acquired from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Jesse Blacker and a conditional draft pick on Dec. 4.

      Robak has collected four assists with 25 penalty minutes in 47 career NHL games with Anaheim and Florida.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Jets reassign F Galiardi
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Winnipeg Jets reassigned forward TJ Galiardi to the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Galiardi, 26, has played in 26 games with the Jets this season, scoring one goal. He was signed as a free agent by Winnipeg on Aug. 1, 2014.

      In his NHL career, the Calgary, Alberta native has played in 309 career NHL games with Winnipeg, Calgary, San Jose and Colorado, collecting 105 points (44 goals, 61 assists) and 136 penalty minutes. He has played in 20 career Stanley Cup playoff games in Colorado and San Jose where he tallied one goal and three assists.

      Galiardi was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (55th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Blues recall F Rattie
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues recalled forward Ty Rattie from their American Hockey League affiliate on Friday.

    • Rattie, 21, has dressed in 43 games for the Chicago Wolves this season, ranking second on the club with 28 points while sharing fifth in the AHL overall with 17 goals. The 6-foot, 192-pounder, currently in his second professional season, was named to the 2015 AHL All-Star Game, where he posted a goal and three assists.

      Last season, Rattie had 31 goals with the Wolves. He also appeared in two games with the Blues, including his NHL debut on April 11.

      The Calgary, Alberta native was originally drafted by the Blues in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Blue Jackets activate D Murray
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets activated defenseman Ryan Murray, who has missed the last 36 games due to a knee injury, off injured reserve Friday.

    • The club also assigned right winger Josh Anderson to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

      Murray, 21, who also missed the first seven games of the season due to offseason knee surgery, has recorded two penalty minutes in four games this season. He collected 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) and four penalty minutes in 66 games in his first NHL season in 2013-14.

      The Regina, Saskatchewan native was the club's first pick (second overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft and has registered 121 points (22 goals, 99 assists) in 191 career games with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League from 2009-12.

      Anderson, 20, made his NHL debut on Jan. 16 against the New York Rangers and registered his first league point, an assist, on Thursday night at Florida. The Burlington, Ontario native has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and 58 penalty minutes in 39 games with Springfield. He was Columbus' fourth pick (95th overall) in the 2012 draft.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Bruins reassign G Svedberg, recall Subban
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins assigned goaltender Niklas Svedberg to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League on a conditioning loan Friday.

    • The club also recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from Providence.

      Svedberg, 25, has appeared in 12 games for Boston this season, earning a 5-5-0 record with two shutouts, while posting a 2.22 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. The Swedish netminder finished the 2013-14 season with Providence, compiling a 25-15-4 record with a 2.63 goals-against average and .910 save percentage with two shutouts in 45 appearances.

      The 6-foot, 176-pound Svedberg was signed by Boston as a free agent on May 29, 2012. The Bruins signed Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract on June 23, 2014.

      Subban has played in 22 games for Providence this season and the 21-year-old has posted a 9-10-2 record, 2.47 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

      This marks Subban's first NHL recall. The 6-2, 200-pound Toronto native was drafted by Boston in the first round (24th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Big period propels Sharks past Ducks
    By The Sports Xchange

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks capped a season series of success against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, and they can thank a near record second period for it.

    • San Jose scored a season-high five times in the middle frame, breaking a 1-1 tie, on the way to a 6-3 win over the Ducks at a sold-out SAP Center.

      The Sharks went 4-0-1 in their five meetings against Anaheim.

      "We've had everyone show up, that's the bottom line," Sharks right winger Joe Pavelski said. "Guys have played well, all four lines up and down. It's a simple recipe."

      The Ducks, meanwhile, lost for the first time this season after scoring the first goal. Anaheim was 23-0-5 during games in which they scored first.

      "They obviously have a lot of confidence when they play us," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They've scored a lot of goals against us. We played a solid first period and should have come out of it with the lead. Once they got the 2-1 lead, it was off to the races."

      San Jose, which featured six different goal-scorers and 12 collecting points in all, scored five times in a period for the 11th time in team history and first the first time since collective five in the second period at Philadelphia on Feb. 27, 2013. The team record is six in a period, accomplished three times, including twice at home.

      "Once we got in between periods, we really took advantage of some of our out-numbered rushes, which is something we haven't done as a team so tonight we did that," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.

      "They must have had 10 odd-man rushes in the second period," Boudreau added. "They're a good team and when you get looks like that, well, they're going to make the right play."

      San Jose's second-period goal bonanza started at 2:15 when right winger Barclay Goodrow blew past Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm and beat goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for his third goal. Left winger Patrick Marleau followed at 6:16 by redirecting a drive by defenseman Brent Burns for his 10th of the season and third in five games after going without a goal for 16 games in a row.

      "Three weeks ago, we could play the same exact game, get the same chances and they wouldn't go in," McLellan said of Marleau's luck. "For us to have success, he has to find his way on the scoreboard, and he's been doing that lately."

      Defenseman Matt Irwin picked the top corner for his third of the season at 12:37 after Marleau forced Anaheim defenseman Clayton Stoner into a turnover. When center James Sheppard capped a 3-on-2 break with his fifth at 14:30 the rout was on.

      The Sharks scored their sixth of the game at 16:07 when defenseman Brenden Dillon led a short-handed break and got credit for his second goal when his attempted cross-ice pass to right winger Matt Nieto ricocheted off Anaheim's Matt Beleskey and past Bryzgalov, who was finally lifted in favor of Frederik Andersen.

      "When you're not playing a lot, you want to play a great game and contribute to the team," Bryzgalov said. "Results like this, it's really frustrating. I know I can do the job. It's a matter of when I get the next chance."

      The Sharks escaped the first period in a 1-1 tie thanks to continued power-play success against the Ducks, who outshot the hosts 14-9 in the opening 20 minutes.

      Anaheim broke on top by taking advantage of a turnover by San Jose left winger Tomas Hertl. San Jose goalie Antti Niemi stopped a drive by Anaheim center Richard Rakell, but Ducks left winger Andrew Cogliano beat defenseman Scott Hannan to the rebound to score his sixth goal of the season in close at 4:57.

      Anaheim right winger Kyle Palmieri high-sticked Dillon, and San Jose went to work on a power play that was 6-for-20 during the first four games of the season series against the Ducks. And 1:23 into the advantage, Pavelski scored his 25th goal on a tic-tac-toe play with Joe Thornton and Marleau assisting. It was Pavelski's league-high tying 13th power-play goal.

      Anaheim scored two third-period goals -- Beleskey with his 19th at 1:23 and left winger Patrick Maroon with his sixth at 18:50.

      "Maybe we are growing, maybe we are learning and getting better in some of the areas," McLellan said. "But it's back to work tomorrow."

      NOTES: San Jose RW Tyler Kennedy is battling a lower-body injury that cropped up during practice after the All-Star break, and is day-to-day. Now injured for the fourth time this season, Kennedy has been limited to 18 games. The Sharks promoted RW Daniil Tarasov from the minors, but he was a healthy scratch along with D Mirco Mueller. ... Anaheim D Sheldon Souray (wrist) and D Eric Brewer (foot) remain on injured reserve. RW Tim Jackman and D Colby Rudak did not dress for the Ducks. ... Anaheim hosts Chicago on Friday while San Jose closes out a season-high seven-game homestand against the Blackhawks on Saturday and Edmonton on Monday. ... The Sharks officially announced on Thursday their AHL affiliate in Worcester, Mass., is moving to San Jose as part of a new five-team AHL California division for next season. The team will be re-named in the coming weeks and will play in the SAP Center.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Oilers beat Sabres in battle of basement
    By The Sports Xchange

    EDMONTON, Alberta -- It was hardly a clash of the titans -- more a clash of the Titanics -- as the 30th place Buffalo Sabres took on the 29th place Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

    • But the two sides managed to deliver some pretty good drama in a 3-2 Oilers victory that went down to the final few seconds.

      Oilers center Anton Lander led the way with a goal and two assists as Edmonton overcame an early 1-0 deficit, scoring three-straight goals and then fending off a late Sabres comeback.

      "It was fun to play, and a big win for us," said Lander, as the Oilers celebrated their third win in the last four games.

      "It's nice to get some wins here the last few games. It's a good thing we have going on now, we have to keep it going."

      After a terrible start to their season, a 7-22-7 collapse that led to the firing of head coach Dallas Eakins, the Oilers appear to be gaining some traction under new coach Todd Nelson. They are 6-5-2 in the last 13 and seem to be picking up speed.

      "The last four or five games we've been playing really good hockey," said Oilers center Derek Roy. "We beat Chicago and Washington, some good teams there. We just have to keep moving up the standings and learn how to win."

      So even though the teams are only one spot apart in the standings, the Oilers were prohibitive favorites against a Buffalo team that has now lost 13-straight, having been outscored 56-19 over that stretch.

      "We had our chances," said Sabres coach Ted Nolan, whose club is looking for its first win since Dec. 27. "With this team, we need everyone, we can't afford two or three guys not playing well or not giving what they have to give.

      "It seems like the same ones over and over again, but we only have 20 players, who else are you going to put in?"

      Buffalo managed to give the fans in Edmonton an early scare when defenseman Tyler Myers made it 1-0 just 2:22 after the opening faceoff, but the Oilers settled themselves and scored two goals less than three minutes apart. Left winger Matt Fraser scored the Oilers' first goal of the night at 12:27 while defenseman Oscar Klefbom added another at 15:02 to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

      "The guys seem so much more confident and we show it out there," said Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot. "We're much stronger mentally. We just have to keep building on that, keep it going."

      The second period was the kind of hockey many expected from the two worst teams in the NHL, sloppy, unproductive and scoreless, setting up the third period dramatics.

      Lander thought he sealed it with his first goal of the season midway through the third, but Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen threw a scare into things when he scored to make it 3-2 with 2:02 left.

      The Oilers, who spent the first 36 games of the season collapsing in these types of situations, held firm and closed out the win.

      "It's just hard work," said winger Luke Gazdic. "Tonight we just outworked them plain and simple. If we keep doing that we're going to have success against a lot of teams."

      The Oilers improved their record to 13-27-9 while the Sabres fell to 14-32-3.

      "I think we need to stay positive and just keep approaching every game like we're going to win the game," said Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth. "We can't go into every game thinking we're going to lose the game. We have to stay positive and still believe that we can win games."

      NOTES: Oilers D Nikita Nikitin injured his shoulder in the third period and "will be out for a while" according to head coach Todd Nelson. ... Buffalo has the three worst plus-minus totals in the NHL in their lineup (D Josh Gorges, minus-27; D Rasmus Ristolainen, minus-24 and RW Chris Stewart, minus-24). Gorges played his 600th NHL game Thursday. ... During their 13-game losing streak, the Sabres have been outscored 56-19 and held to one or fewer goals eight times. ... Oilers LW Taylor Hall missed his second consecutive game with a bone bruise after being hit on the ankle with a shot in practice Monday. He is questionable for Saturday in Calgary. ... Sabres D Nikita Zadorov was a healthy scratch for the second straight game after returning late following the All-Star Game from a vacation in the Dominican Republic with his girlfriend. ... Oilers RW Ted Purcell played his 450th NHL game.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Wild G Dubnyk outduels Hiller in 1-0 win over Flames
    By The Sports Xchange

    CALGARY, Alberta -- At least, a handful of fans had reason to cheer Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

    • The Calgary Flames were blanked for the first time this season, much to the delight of family and friends of Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who delivered a 30-save shutout in a 1-0 victory over his hometown team.

      "We're certainly not going to win every game 1-0 but just the way that game was going, you could tell it was going to be that kind of game," Dubnyk said. "The guys buckled down. They were just working so hard down low. They had some possession time down in our end, but we did a good job of holding them out and blocking a lot of shots."

      Wild left-winger Zach Parise scored Thursday's game-winner, but Dubnyk was the no-brainer choice as first star in a goaltending duel.

      The 28-year-old net minder was raised in Calgary and is very familiar with the Flames after spending the first five seasons of his career with the provincial rival Edmonton Oilers. He was traded to Minnesota in a Jan. 14 swap from the Arizona Coyotes and has provided a glimmer of hope to the Wild (22-20-6), whom many have counted out of the playoff picture in the NHL's Western Conference.

      Dubnyk now has a 4-1 record with a 1.66 goals-against average, a .931 save percentage and two goose-eggs in six appearances for his new squad. It's no coincidence the Wild have collected at least a point in five of their past six games.

      Dubnyk didn't face a lot of quality scoring chances early in Thursday's match, but he had to be especially sharp in the third period to put the finishing touches on his third shutout of the season.

      He flashed his glove for a save on rookie left-winger Johnny Gaudreau, then stopped right-winger Paul Byron on a breakaway. With just a couple of ticks left on the clock, he denied center Mikael Backlund on a golden opportunity to tie it up.

      "I think we owe a lot to Dubnyk tonight. He bailed us out on a lot of different breakdowns we had. He was really good," Parise said. "Sometimes, a lot of times, you have breakdowns and you need to get bailed out, and he's done that for us. He's made big saves. He's made the saves he should make and some you don't expect him to. We're really happy so far with how he's played."

      The Flames (26-20-3), meanwhile, squandered a stellar performance by their own goalie. Jonas Hiller finished with 31 saves, including several that could be replayed on the highlight shows, but didn't get any support at the other end.

      After the Flames were shut out Thursday, the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the only NHL teams that have not been blanked this season.

      "We played pretty well. We had our chances, but the puck wouldn't go in," Hiller said. "I thought Dubnyk played really well. I thought I had a few good stops. Some nights, everything goes in. Some nights, nothing goes in. Those are fun to play as a goalie, but kind of disappointing if you're at the losing end."

      The only puck that crossed the line Thursday was Parise's strike at the 8:59 mark of the first period, when he capitalized on a rare gaffe by Flames captain Mark Giordano. Wild right winger Thomas Vanek got a piece of Giordano's outlet pass, poking the puck to Parise and watching Minnesota's star forward fire a low shot past Hiller.

      Parise now has six goals over a six-game stretch.

      "One bad mistake -- I made a bad one in the first there -- and they get a goal," Giordano said. "At the end of the night, that's the mistake that cost us."

      NOTES: The American Hockey League announced Thursday the formation of a Pacific Division, with the Flames among five organizations that will move their top affiliates to California for the 2015-16 season. The Flames' minor league team will be based in Stockton, Calif. ... The Wild recalled D Matt Dumba from the AHL's Iowa Wild. The 20-year-old Dumba was raised in Calgary and Thursday marked his first professional game at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Meanwhile, D Stu Bickel was returned to Iowa ... Flames LW Curtis Glencross (lower body) and D Ladislav Smid (upper body) are on Calgary's injured list, while D Keith Ballard (concussion) remains sidelined for the Wild. ... NHL commissioner Gary Bettman attended Thursday's game in Calgary. ... Former Flames star Gary Roberts was a special guest on 'Alumni Night.' Roberts spent the first 10 seasons of his 23-year NHL career with the Flames and was part of their Stanley Cup-winning squad in 1989. ... The Flames will continue their six-game homestand Saturday against the provincial rival Edmonton Oilers. The next stop for the Wild is Vancouver, where they'll square off Saturday with the Canucks.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    NHL roundup: Bruins top Isles, continue surge
    By The Sports Xchange

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Boston Bruins scored a pair of goals in less than two minutes spanning the second and third periods Tuesday night as they opened the post-All-Star portion of the schedule by beating the New York Islanders 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd at Nassau Coliseum.

    • Defenseman Kevan Miller snapped a 2-2 tie by scoring with 3.4 seconds left in the second and defenseman Torey Krug scored 1:45 into the third for the Bruins.

      Right winger Reilly Smith and center Patrice Bergeron scored in the first period while left winger Milan Lucic added an empty-net goal with 2:06 left for the Bruins (26-16-7), who have won seven of their last nine (7-1-1).

      Goalie Tuukka Rask made 43 saves for the Bruins.

      Center John Tavares and right winger Michael Grabner scored for the Islanders (32-15-1) and goalie Jaroslav Halak recorded 28 saves.

      Flyers 5, Jets 2

      PHILADELPHIA -- Behind goals from center Chris VandeVelde, right winger Wayne Simmonds, defenseman Nick Schultz and center Brayden Schenn, the Philadelphia beat at the Wells Fargo Center.

      Center Sean Couturier iced it with an empty-net goal while goalie Steve Mason made 36 saves for his second consecutive win.

      Jets center Mathieu Perreault scored both of Winnipeg's goals.

      Canadiens 1, Rangers 0

      NEW YORK -- Left winger Max Pacioretty scored with 4:17 remaining in the third period as Montreal emerged with a victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

      Goaltender Carey Price made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season.

      Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was flawless for nearly 46 minutes before allowing Pacioretty to beat him with a long wrist shot from the top of the right face-off circle. Lundqvist finished with 25 saves.

      Panthers 3, Blue Jackets 2

      SUNRISE, Fla. -- Left winger Sean Bergenheim scored the game-winning goal on a deflection with 6:52 left in the third period, and Florida defeated Columbus at the BB&T Center.

      The win went to All-Star goalie Roberto Luongo, who made 30 saves. Center Jonathan Huberdeau and rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad also scored for Florida.

      Defenseman Jack Johnson and center Alexander Wennberg for Columbus.

      Lightning 5, Red Wings 1

      TAMPA, Fla. -- Rookie center Cedric Paquette scored a hat trick to lead Tampa Bay to a win over Detroit at Amalie Arena.

      Center Steven Stamkos and defenseman Mark Barberio also scored for Tampa while goaltender Ben Bishop made 27 saves.

      Center Darren Helm scored Detroit's lone goal while goalies Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum combined to make 27 saves.

      Coyotes 3, Maple Leafs 1

      TORONTO -- Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and center Martin Hanzal scored early in the third period and Arizona went on to defeat Toronto.

      Center Sam Gagner added a power-play goal late in the third period for the Coyotes (17-25-6), who snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Maple Leafs (22-24-4) are now losers of eight games in a row.

      Right winger Phil Kessel scored for Toronto late in the first period while Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 42 shots.

      Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith turned aside 24 shots.

      Stars 6, Senators 3

      OTTAWA -- Dallas made a winner out of center Jason Spezza in his return to Canadian Tire Centre, topping Ottawa.

      Winger Jamie Benn scored twice, and defensemen John Klingberg and Trevor Daley, winger Ales Hemsky and center Colton Sceviour scored one each.

      Spezza, the former Senators captain who was traded to the Stars in the offseason, was held pointless in his first game back in Ottawa.

      Senators goals were scored by wingers Bobby Ryan and Alex Chiasson and center Mika Zibanejad.

      Blues 5, Predators 4 (SO)

      ST. LOUIS -- Right winger T.J. Oshie and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the shootout to give St. Louis a win over Nashville.

      Wingers Jaden Schwartz, T.J. Oshie, Steve Ott and Ryan Reaves all scored in regulation for St. Louis.

      Center Mike Fisher scored twice, and left winger James Neal and center Filip Forsberg one each in regulation for Nashville.

      Wild 1, Flames 0

      CALGARY, Alberta - Goaltender Devan Dubnykkicked aside 30 shots and left winger Zach Parise scored the game-winner in a victory over Calgary at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

      The Wild won back to-back games in Alberta and now have points in five of their past six outings.

      The Flames, meanwhile, squandered a stellar performance by their own goalie. Jonas Hiller finished with 31 saves, including several that could be replayed on the highlight shows, but didn't get any support at the other end.

      Oilers 3, Sabres 2

      EDMONTON, Alberta -- Center Anton Lander led the way with a goal and two assists as Edmonton overcame an early deficit to beat Buffalo at Rexall Place.

      Left winger Matt Fraser and defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, while goaltender Ben Scrivens collected the win with 18 saves.

      Defensemen Tyler Myers and Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Buffalo while goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 31 saves for Buffalo.

      Sharks 6, Ducks 3

      SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose scored five times in the middle frame, breaking a tie on the way to a win over Anaheim at a sold-out SAP Center.

      The Sharks, who featured six different goal-scorers and 12 collecting points in all, scored five times in a period for the 11th time in team history -- and first the first time since collective five in the second period at Philadelphia on Feb. 27, 2013. Center Joe Pavelski, left winger Patrick Marleau, right winger Barclay Goodrow, defenseman Matt Irwin and Brenden Dillon, and left winger James Sheppard all scored for San Jose.

      Left wingers Matt Beleskey and Patrick Maroon and center Andrew Cogliano all scored for Anaheim.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    After nine-day layoff, Blues top Preds in shootout
    By The Sports Xchange

    ST. LOUIS -- A long All-Star break did not slow down the St. Louis Blues.

    • Playing their first game since Jan. 19, the longest hiatus of any team in the NHL, the Blues got shootout goals from right winger T.J. Oshie and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to give them a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

      The Blues (30-13-4) improved to 8-0-1 in their past nine games and pulled within four points of the Central Division-leading Predators (31-10-6).

      The victory might have been costly, however, as the Blues lost left winger Patrik Berglund and center Jori Lehtera to injuries. Coach Ken Hitchcock said neither would play Friday night in Carolina, at which time their status will be re-evaluated.

      The Blues fell behind 2-0 before rallying with four goals in a span of 9:53 in the second period to take a 4-3 lead into the third period. The Predators forced overtime thanks to a goal by left winger James Neal with 2:38 remaining in regulation.

      In the shootout, Oshie put the Blues in front before Predators defenseman Roman Josi tied it to send the shootout to an extra round. Shattenkirk then beat Nashville goalie Carter Hutton, and St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott stopped Neal for the victory.

      The win was a nice cap to Shattenkirk's 26th birthday.

      "I felt like that late goal in the third was something that kind of fell on my shoulders," Shattenkirk said. "I wanted the opportunity to get it back. I really wanted to make it count.

      "There's no way you can get gypped on your birthday. It was a nice little present. We have the fathers here, so my dad was able to see it, too."

      Shattenkirk improved his career record in shootouts to six goals on 14 chances, five of which were game-winners.

      Even though the goal late in the third period allowed the Predators to earn one point, the Blues extended the momentum they established before the nine-day break.

      "We're staying on a roll," Shattenkirk said. "We had a pretty solid game. They're a tough team. They never quit. They wear you down. They can beat you up. I thought we did a great job."

      The teams met for the fifth and final time in the regular season, with Predators going 3-1-1 in games that were all decided by one goal.

      "We knew they were going to be playing hard, and they came out hard tonight," said Predators center Mike Fisher, who had two goals and an assist. His first goal, on a first-period power play, was the 500th point of his career.

      "I guess it's nice, but it would have been nicer to come on a night when we got a win," Fisher said.

      The Predators played Tuesday night, winning in overtime against Colorado, in their first game after the break. They are 7-1-3 in their past 11 games.

      "It was a hard-fought game both ways," said Nashville coach Peter Laviolette. "They had their moments and we had our moments. It came down to breakaways, and we lost."

      Oshie, who scored one of the Blues' second-period goals, said he was not worried that the long layoff would have a negative effect on the team.

      "We've got guys who work hard on and off the ice," he said. "There's a little rivalry going there with us and Nashville. They're a good team, they're hard to play against. They match up well against us, and it's always fun to rise to these occasions and get the two points against them."

      NOTES: St. Louis LW Alexander Steen was held scoreless, ending a 10-game scoring streak in which he recorded seven goals and 11 assists. ... St. Louis G Martin Brodeur, who officially retired Thursday, dropped the ceremonial first puck. He is joining the Blues' front office as a senior adviser to GM Doug Armstrong. ... C Marcel Goc, acquired from Pittsburgh on Tuesday, played his first game with the Blues. He was a plus-1 while winning 72 percent of his faceoffs in just under 13 minutes of ice time. ... Blues LW Chris Porter, out since Dec. 28 because of an ankle injury, is scheduled to be re-evaluated Monday. ... Injured G Pekka Rinne joined the Predators for their morning skate but remains on a three- to five-week timetable announced when he sustained a knee injury Jan. 15. ... Thursday night's game began a stretch that will see the Blues play nine games in a 15-day span. They play at Carolina on Friday night. ... The Predators began a three-game trip. They will be in Colorado on Friday night.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Stars win in Spezza's return to Ottawa
    By The Sports Xchange

    OTTAWA -- After two days of having to answer questions about himself, Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza was more than happy to talk about a teammate Thursday night.

    • In this case, it was defenseman John Klingberg, whose strong solo effort broke a 3-3 tie with 9:09 left in the third as the Stars went on to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 at Canadian Tire Centre.

      "Watch this kid," said Spezza, who was held pointless in his first game back to Ottawa, where he spent 12 seasons before having his request to be traded granted last summer. "He's going to be a special player. It's hockey sense. His hockey sense is elite. He's always in the right spot. He's going to hide in Dallas for a few years, but people are going to find out about him."

      Playing in just his 34th NHL game, Klingberg stripped the puck from Senators winger Mike Hoffman and raced down ice before tucking a shot over the shoulder of goalie Robin Lehner.

      "I saw I had a lot of ice to skate and I wanted to go five-hole first," Klingberg said of his seventh of the season, "but I saw their D-man came back pretty fast so I just tried to go high first corner and got a good goal there."

      While Klingberg also had an assist, he was one of four Stars to have a multi-point game. Defenseman Trevor Daley scored a short-handed empty-net goal in the final minute, to go along with his two assists, while winger Jamie Benn scored twice, including his own short-handed empty-net goal in the final minute. Center Colton Sceviour had a goal and an assist, while winger Ales Hemsky rounded out the Dallas scoring.

      Winger Bobby Ryan led the Senators with a goal and an assist, while center Mika Zibanejad and winger Alex Chiasson had the other Senators goals.

      Lehner made 37 saves and Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots.

      Chiasson, who was part of the package the Senators received for Spezza, ended a slump with his first goal in 17 games to complete Ottawa's comeback from a 3-0 first period deficit.

      For the three practice days heading into the game, Chiasson was an extra forward, leading him to think he would be a healthy scratch.

      "I guess I can't believe I put that one in," said Chiasson, who credited center Kyle Turris with a nice goal mouth setup. "I faced a little bit of adversity this week. It's not easy as a player to think you're going to be out of the lineup. Found out this morning I'm going to play against my former team ... didn't think I had a good first period but the last two were much better. Got to build on this."

      Playing their first game after an eight-day layoff during the all-star break, the Senators felt they would be a disadvantage against the Stars, who put one under their belt Tuesday.

      "We did kind of expect to be a little bit sluggish to start, but no excuses, we shouldn't be that sluggish," said Senators coach Dave Cameron. "I thought our whole game was slow, sloppy. We were a real easy team to play against tonight, so that led to some real quality chances against. It was one of those games we got back into it, but we still didn't have the jump."

      Lehner, who was making his first start since giving up five in Dallas 16 days earlier, cursed his luck. He said he lost an edge on Benn's first of the night, was victim of a good tip on Sceviour and was screened on Hemsky's power play blast.

      "The last few games I've played, I work hard and try to get better, I feel good," said Lehner. "But bar in, post in, hit someone ... it's just not going my way. I don't know. I'm going to have a long sauna right now and think about things ...who did I hurt to get these bounces? I don't know."

      Meanwhile, Spezza was happy to bank his first game back in Ottawa. The reception he was given by the fans was mixed -- he received a standing ovation after a first period video montage on the center ice scoreboard, and he was booed when he touched the puck at various points throughout the night.

      "I expected it a little bit. I did ask for a trade," he said. 'It's emotional coming back and I've been a little bit distracted the last day or so and the guys did a great job of keeping me loose before the game and having a good time with it. I appreciate them playing as well as they did to get the win."

      NOTES: Senators G Craig Anderson missed the game with a sore hand. Andrew Hammond was recalled from Binghamton to back up G Robin Lehner. Anderson, the team's No. 1 stopper, is listed as day-to-day. ... Veteran Senators C David Legwand was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. ... Senators D Mark Borowiecki has recovered from a deep gash on his left calf, but he joined D Patrick Wiercioch as scratches on the blue line. ... Stars coach Lindy Ruff was behind an NHL bench for the 1,295th time as a head coach, moving him into eighth place on the list of games coached. ... Stars D Jordie Benn was a healthy scratch as D Jamie Oleksiak was re-inserted into the lineup.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Ekman-Larsson's wild goal carries Coyotes
    By The Sports Xchange

    TORONTO -- A funny thing happened when Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson cleared the puck from his own blue line while killing a penalty.

    • The puck took a bounce and eluded Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier for the tying goal a mere five seconds into the third period.

      The Coyotes took it from there and posted a 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs to snap a seven-game losing streak.

      The Maple Leafs lost their eighth game in a row.

      "There was like 23 seconds left on the PK," said Ekman-Larsson, who picked up his 13th goal of the season when he was happy just to get the puck into the Toronto zone. "I got it, and it turned and bounced. ... There's a first time for everything. I got lucky there."

      The fluke goal evened the score 1-1. Arizona center Martin Hanzal scored the go-ahead goal at 3:47 of the third, and center Sam Gagner added a power-play goal at 16:30 to complete the scoring.

      Right winger Phil Kessel scored for Toronto (22-24-4) late in the first period. Bernier stopped 42 shots.

      Goaltender Mike Smith turned aside 24 shots for the Coyotes (17-25-6).

      "When you get a break like that, it's good to take advantage of it," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. He added with a wry grin, "We planned that all the way."

      Maple Leafs left winger Joffrey Lupul said of the unexpected goal, "Obviously that one hurts, but it's still a 1-1 game, so we've got to find a way to bounce back. (Bernier) played big in the second period and made some huge saves. Obviously, he'd like to have that one back to say the least, but it was still a 1-1 game."

      Bernier said, "I didn't see it. I lost in the stands, and it dipped in front of me."

      Center Brendan Shinnimin was sitting out the remainder of an interference penalty that was assessed at 18:23 of the second period when Ekman-Larsson tied the game.

      "After the second period, we thought we deserved a better fate in the game," Tippett said. "We created a lot of chances. In the third period, we just came out said let's just keep doing what we're doing and see if we can find a goal, and we got a break."

      Smith added, "It's about time we got a bounce. I didn't quite think it was going to be one of those, but we'll take it. I thought we did a lot of good things really well tonight. We had a lot of shots on goal. I think we'd like to get to the net a little bit more, but I thought we did a lot of good things and got rewarded for it."

      Maple Leafs interim coach Peter Horachek was not certain what happened on Ekman-Larsson's goal.

      "Maybe (Bernier is) not set, maybe he doesn't see it and thinks it's being dumped along the way, which is usually the case," Horachek said. "The puck kind of went high and knuckled and dropped down. But you can't give yourself excuses. You've got to say that's his job, he's got to have that, and I'm sure he wishes he did. You've just got to roll with that and move on."

      The Coyotes came back with another soft goal less than four minutes later. Hanzal notched his eighth of the season when he banked a shot from the side of the net off Bernier.

      Gagner scored his eighth goal of the season with Toronto right winger David Clarkson serving a roughing minor.

      Kessel tallied his 20th goal of the season at 16:33 of the first period to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.

      After taking a pass from left winger James van Riemsdyk in the high slot, Kessel snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle that squeezed past Smith. The goal was Kessel's 20th, marking the seventh consecutive season he reached that level.

      NOTES: LW Joffrey Lupul (lower body) returned to the Maple Leafs' lineup for the first time since Dec. 31. He missed 11 games. RW Josh Leivo was assigned to the AHL Marlies to make room. ... D Dion Phaneuf (hand) and D Stephane Robidas (upper body) remained out for Toronto. ... C Joe Vitale (upper body) did not play for the Coyotes on Thursday after leaving Tuesday's shootout loss at Philadelphia late in the first period. C Brendan Shinnimin was called up from AHL Portland as a replacement. ... C Antoine Vermette played in his 800th career game Thursday. It was his 441st consecutive game and his 200th for the Coyotes. ... The Maple Leafs will play their next three games on the road, starting Saturday in Philadelphia against the Flyers. The Coyotes will play the sixth game of their eight-game trip Saturday in Ottawa against the Senators.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Blackhawks, Canucks swap young defensemen
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks traded young defensemen on Thursday night. Gustav Forsling, 18, heads to Chicago while 22-year-old Adam Clendening joins Vancouver.

    • Clendening, the 36th pick of the 2011 draft, appeared in four NHL games this season with Chicago, earning a goal and an assist. In 38 games with the AHL Rockford IceHogs, he collected a goal and 12 assists.

      Forsling, the 126th pick of the 2014 draft, has been playing for Linkopings HC in Sweden.

      "We are excited to add Gustav to a strong group of young talent in our organization," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He was one of the best players at the World Junior Championships a few weeks ago and this season has emerged as a regular contributor in the top professional league in Sweden. He's an offensive defenseman that plays very well on the power play and has a big shot."

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Bruins recover from blown lead to beat Isles
    By The Sports Xchange

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Finally, a usage and version of the word "deflate" that won't infuriate New England sports fans.

    • Defenseman Kevan Miller scored the tie-breaking goal with 3.4 seconds left in the second period Thursday night as the Boston Bruins recovered from blowing a two-goal first period lead to defeat the New York Islanders 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd of 16,170 at Nassau Coliseum.

      "It was a huge goal for us, being up 2-0 then letting them back in the game," said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who made 43 saves in the victory. "We kind of took that momentum back. There's been times we've got scored on in the final seconds and it definitely deflates your tires a bit."

      Defenseman Torey Krug scored 1:45 into the third period and left winger Milan Lucic added an empty netter with 2:06 left as the Bruins won their penultimate game before Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

      The two weeks of Super Bowl hype have, of course, been dominated by talk of the deflated footballs that the Patriots used in their 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 18.

      The Bruins won their first post-All-Star Break game eight days after they gave up a pair of late-period goals in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado right winger Jarome Iginla scored with one second left in the first period and Avalanche left winger Ryan O'Reilly forced overtime by scoring with 1:45 left in regulation.

      It was the third time in four January losses the Bruins gave up a goal late in a period or in overtime. The Bruins lost to the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in overtime on Jan. 3. The next day, the Carolina Hurricanes scored with 34 seconds left in the first period of a 2-1 shootout win over Boston.

      "Finally we were on the other side of things, scoring a late goal in the period," Krug said.

      The Bruins didn't look as if they'd need last-second dramatics in the first period, when they were outshot 15-11 but took a 2-0 lead on goals by when right winger Reilly Smith and center Patrice Bergeron.

      The Islanders peppered Rask with 16 shots in the second period and tied the game on goals by center John Tavares and right winger Michael Grabner.

      "We started out really good as team there in the first period," Rask said. "Even though they had 15 shots on net, not a lot of them were too difficult. Then the second period was a totally different story."

      It appeared as if the teams would head to the locker room deadlocked before Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak tried clearing the puck behind his net in the final 10 seconds. Miller intercepted the puck at the blue line and fired a shot past a surprised Halak.

      "We got a good bounce, a good goal there," Krug said.

      The Bruins didn't wait long to double their lead. Krug's shot from just in front of the blue line found its way between the four players -- two from each team -- in front of Halak and over his right shoulder.

      The Islanders failed to mount any serious threats the rest of the way as the Bruins regained the form they displayed on both sides of the ice in the first period.

      "I really thought we had a good first period," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "They came out strong and got us on our heels there for a good portion of the second period. Think we started settling down later in the second and at least finished better. Third period, we found that game again that was so good for us in the first and we finished it off."

      With the win, the Bruins (26-16-7) moved into the first wild card in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of the New York Rangers, who lost Thursday to the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0.

      Halak had 28 saves for the Islanders (32-15-1), who remained three points ahead of the idle Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division but fell into a three-way tie for second place with the Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings, the latter of whom the Islanders visit on Saturday, The Islanders, Canadiens and Red Wings are one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.

      "Obviously the third goal's the turning point of the game," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "Dictated the pace in the second and then with three-and-a-half, four seconds left, they get that goal."

      NOTES: The ceremonial first puck was dropped by Mike Bossy, who became the sixth and final Hall of Famer from the Islanders' Stanley Cup dynasty to be honored with a "mini-locker night" during the final season at Nassau Coliseum. ... The Islanders had one healthy scratch: D Matt Donovan. ... The Bruins finished 37-32-19-0 (wins-losses-ties-overtime losses) in regular season play at Nassau Coliseum, which is closing at the end of the season. ... The Bruins scratched the healthy duo of D Matt Bartkowski and RW Jordan Caron. ... Boston was one of four teams that had at least seven days off during the All-Star break. The Bruins, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks all played Thursday for the first time since Jan. 21, while the St. Louis Blues played Thursday for the first time since Jan. 19.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Happy at home, Flyers dump Jets
    By The Sports Xchange

    PHILADELPHIA -- Thanks to some home cooking, the Philadelphia Flyers are finding some wins.

    • The Flyers jumped all over the Winnipeg Jets at the Wells Fargo Center for a 5-2 victory Thursday night, their third consecutive win overall and sixth in the past eight on home ice.

      Behind goals from center Chris VandeVelde, right winger Wayne Simmonds, defenseman Nick Schultz and centers Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, the Flyers (21-22-7) swept the two-game season series with the playoff-hopeful Jets (26-16-8). Philadelphia is nine points out of a playoff spot.

      "I think we take it game after game here. You don't want to look too much ahead," Philadelphia defenseman Mark Streit said. "We dug ourselves a hole in the beginning of the season. It's just how we play, that's the most important thing."

      Flyers goalie Steve Mason (10-12-6) made 36 saves for his second consecutive win.

      Center Mathieu Perreault scored both goals for Winnipeg.

      The Jets, who rode high into the All-Star break with five consecutive wins, dropped their second game in a row by a combined 10-5.

      "We're heading back now to Winnipeg, and guys are excited to be going home to get on our home ice," defenseman Ben Chiarot said. "That will be a good feeling after guys not having slept in their own beds for a while."

      The Jets, who entered with the most road points in the NHL (33), were outplayed by the Flyers for just about 60 minutes.

      "Their forwards come to the net hard and have active sticks and really whack away, and their (defense) was great at getting their shots through tonight," Jets backup goalie Michael Hutchinson (14-5-2) said after making 27 saves in the defeat. "They did a good job of sticking to their game plan, and we knew they were going to do that coming in."

      Philadelphia struck twice in the first period, but each time, Perreault had the answer.

      The Flyers started the scoring 7:02 into the first period on VandeVelde's seventh goal of the season. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto zipped a shot off the upper body of Hutchinson, and VandeVelde skated in front to backhand the rebound home.

      It took just 78 seconds for Winnipeg to erase that lead. Perreault deflected a shot off Mason's leg pad and quickly knocked in the rebound.

      Philadelphia then capitalized on a power play. Right winger Jakub Voracek took the puck deep on his left side and found Simmonds streaking down the middle for his 18th goal of the season at 11:39.

      For Voracek, the assist was his NHL-leading 58th point of the season.

      Perreault leveled the score again, this time with a power-play goal at 16:57.

      However, that was it from Winnipeg. The Flyers' penalty kill, which entered Thursday 28th in the NHL at 74.5 percent, successfully blanked the Jets on four of five power plays.

      "We had a tough time getting that second shot. I think that was a big difference," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "We got pucks to the net and didn't quite get them there. There were other pieces of our game that weren't quite there. We weren't as quick as we needed to be."

      Schultz netted the decisive score in the second period with his first goal of the season.

      With Hutchinson under siege and on the ground fighting off a barrage of rebound attempts, Schultz came in to light the lamp at 3:18 of the second period to give the Flyers the lead for good.

      "It's a great feeling, man," Schultz said. "I'd like to score a lot more. It must be nice to score. You get paid a lot more, too. It's fun to chip in and be a part of the offense and get an opportunity to put one in. The big thing is two points, grinding away and try to get some wins. "

      Schenn provided insurance with a one-timer 4:12 into the third period, and Couturier padded the margin with an empty-netter in the final two minutes.

      "At the end of the day, it's not good enough," Perreault said. "We were sitting pretty, and then you lose two and now all of a sudden -- we can't wait until late March to get going. We've got to get some wins."

      NOTES: Flyers coach Craig Berube said before Thursday's game that D Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) would play this season. Timonen, who turns 40 in March, has been on long-term injured reserve all season. There is no timetable for his return. ... Jets D Mark Stuart returned to the lineup Thursday after missing the previous two games with a lower-body injury. With his return, the Jets placed TJ Galiardi on waivers. ... Flyers G Steve Mason made his first start since Jan. 10. Mason saw game action Tuesday in relief of G Ray Emery. Before Tuesday, Mason had been out with a lower-body injury and, most recently, the flu. In related news, the Flyers sent third-string G Rob Zepp back to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Paquette's unexpected hat trick fuels Lightning rout over Red wings
    By The Sports Xchange

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper says hat tricks are dominated by the NHL's biggest stars, so he's especially excited when they're unexpected.

    • That was certainly the case Thursday night, as rookie center Cedric Paquette -- who had six goals all season coming in -- got his first NHL hat trick, leading the Lightning to a franchise-record ninth straight home win, sending a statement to another Eastern Conference power with a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night at Amalie Arena.

      "Go through the history of the league. How many guys get hat tricks?" Cooper asked. "The guys that get them hog them all. Not a lot of other guys get them, so you get a chance to get one, that's a moment you get to cherish. It never gets old watching those hats fly over the wall. It's a ton of fun."

      The Lightning (31-15-4) got five goals on 15 shots in the first two periods against Detroit (28-12-9), leapfrogging the Red Wings and Islanders with a conference-leading 66 points. Detroit's six-game win streak -- which matched the longest in the league entering the night -- came to a resounding halt.

      "I couldn't have been happier for Ceddy Paquette," Cooper said. "He was feeling it tonight. The boys were really fired up on the bench for him. He's earned it -- that kid's been gaming out forever for us, trying to find his way. Pucks haven't been going in. They went in tonight for him. He's earned every break he got tonight."

      Goalie Ben Bishop was sharp in net for the Lightning, making a handful of key glove saves on the way to 14 saves in the first two periods. Tampa Bay improved to 20-4-1 at home.

      Paquette, a 21-year-old rookie, had gone 29 games without a goal until he scored in Tuesday's loss at Carolina, and the confidence from that goal clearly spilled into Thursday' s game.

      "Twenty-nine games without a goal, it's tough to accept, but I keep working hard and the goals came," Paquette said. "I think we played a complete 60 minutes against a team that was on top in the East. I didn't have a hat trick in my career, so I'll take that one."

      Paquette opened the scoring 2:03 into the game, missing on a rebound and then sending his own putback in for a 1-0 Lightning lead, getting assists from center Alex Killorn and defenseman Jason Garrison.

      Detroit answered later in the first when center Darren Helm got behind the net, switched back and spun around the net to score and tie the game, with assists from defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and star center Pavel Datsyuk.

      Paquette's biggest goal came with just 37 seconds left in the first, as he took a loose puck and shot through traffic to beat Petr Mrazek for a 2-1 lead, getting assists from Killorn and fellow rookie Jonathan Drouin.

      The momentum surged into a three-goal second period for the Lightning, with a power-play goal from center Steven Stamkos -- his team-best 27th of the season -- just 4:18 into the period on assists from defenseman Anton Stralman and Drouin.

      Paquette earned his first NHL hat trick with 8:57 left in the second, on an unassisted short-handed goal, giving him nine goals for the season and flooding the ice with headwear after the Lightning had a 4-1 lead. Defenseman Mark Barberio added a goal with 2:21 left in the second, and Mrazek left after two periods, replaced by backup Tom McCollum, making his second appearance of the season.

      By the end of the second period, the Red Wings had already matched their most goals allowed in a game all season -- they lost 5-2 at the Bruins in late December. The defeat against Boston marked the only other game Detroit allowed more than four goals.

      Detroit had allowed four goals in each of the last three games, but that was less of a concern because the Red Wings had won all three.

      "When you're winning a lot of games, sometimes you start to cheat a little bit, and that's when you go away from your structure," left wing and captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We'll learn from this, get back to playing the way we should and we'll be fine. This is not the first elite team we've played this year, but they're good. They won this one and we'll see them again."

      McCollum, playing in just his third NHL game, didn't allow a goal in the final period with 17 saves.

      "It's definitely not characteristic of this team," McCollum said of the recent goals allowed. "It's just a few things here and there that we need to sharpen up."

      NOTES: Tampa Bay D Matthew Carle missed a fourth game with an upper-body injury, while LW Brenden Morrow and D Luke Witkowski were healthy scratches. ... Detroit played without D Jakub Kindl, who missed his 13th game with an elbow injury. D Brian Lashoff and RW Daniel Cleary were healthy scratches. ... Tampa Bay stays home for one more game, playing host to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night, before a two-game road swing. Detroit returns home to face the New York Islanders on Saturday, then is back on the road for its next three. ... Tampa Bay's line of C Tyler Johnson, LW Ondrej Palat and RW Nikita Kucherov all ranked in the NHL's top five in plus-minus entering Thursday's game.