Morning jam: Kunitz, Crosby pace Pens

February, 4, 2013
2/04/13
11:16
AM ET
Penguins 6, Capitals 3
* Penguins: won 3 straight and 4 of last 5
* Chris Kunitz (PIT): 3rd career hat trick (scored 3rd goal on PP with :08 left in regulation)
* Sidney Crosby (PIT) 3 assists; 33rd career 3-assist game (2nd most in NHL since 2005-06 - Joe Thornton has 43)
* Mike Green (WSH): Goal (2); leads all defensemen with 81 goals since 2007-08
FROM ELIAS: A game featuring Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Alex Ovechkin promises plenty of goals, and that was the case on Sunday when the Penguins beat the Capitals, 6–3. But none of the nine goals was scored by Crosby (who had three assists), Malkin (two assists), or Ovechkin (one assist). It was only the fourth regular-season game in which Crosby, Malkin, and Ovechkin all played without at least one goal by one or more of those three marquee names. Here’s the kicker: The nine goals in Sunday’s game were one more than the total from the previous three games in which they all played, all won by Pittsburgh (2–0, 2–1, and 2–1).

Devils 3, Islanders 0
* Johan Hedberg (NJ): 22 saves (1st shutout of season, 22nd career)
* Steve Bernier (NJ): 2 goals (3) (goals were scored 1:10 apart in 3rd period)
* Devils: snap 4-game winless streak
* Islanders: 1st regulation loss in last 4 games (2-1-1)

Panthers 4, Sabres 3
* Panthers: score final 3 goals of game (trailed 3-1 3:49 into 2nd period)
* Panthers: 2nd straight win following a 5-game losing streak
* Brian Campbell (FLA): go-ahead PPG (4) 9:27 into 3rd period (Campbell is a former Sabre)
* Thomas Vanek (BUF): goal (8), 2 assists; has 9 points in last 3 games (5 G, 4 A)
* Sabres: 1-5-1 in last 7 games after 2-0-0 start
" FROM ELIAS: Thomas Vanek has been a proverbial one-man gang for the Sabres this season and he had a hand in all three of Buffalo’s goals in Sunday’s 4–3 loss to Florida, recording one goal and two assists. Vanek has scored or assisted on a league-high 70 percent of his team’s goals this season (19 of 27, including 9 of 11 in the Sabres’ last three games), and he’s done so despite missing one game. The only NHL player other than Vanek with points on more than half of his team’s goals is Henrik Zetterberg of the Red Wings (12 of 21, 57%).

Canadiens 2, Senators 1
* All goals in game scored in 1st period
* Canadiens goals: David Desharnais (3) and Erik Cole (2)
* Carey Price (MTL): 32 saves (stopped 62 of 64 shots in back-to-back wins over BUF & OTT Saturday and Sunday)
* Canadiens: won 5 straight home games since losing home opener to Maple Leafs Jan. 19

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