Monday, December 30, 2013
Neal's career night carries Penguins
Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 3
* James Neal (PIT): fourth career hat trick (first this season), also had two assists for first career five-point game.
* Sidney Crosby & Chris Kunitz (PIT): Goal and two assists each.
* Penguins: 14-2-0 in last 16 games (won last two).
* Blue Jackets: three-game winning streak ends.
Islanders 5, Wild 4
* Kyle Okposo (NYI): Two goals in third period (14), including go-ahead goal with 5:48 left (also had assist).
* Teams combined for three goals in a 1:59 span of third period (two by Okposo, one by Wild).
* Islanders: 4-1-0 in last five road games (0-4-4 in last eight home games).
* Wild: lost five straight games (allowed 4+ goals in all five games).
Jets 2, Avalanche 1 (OT)
* Blake Wheeler (WPG): GW goal (15) with two seconds left in OT (also had assist).
* Nathan MacKinnon (COL): Game-tying goal (9) with 7:49 left in third period.
* Jets: won last two games (were 2-5-1 in previous eight games).
* Avalanche: winless in last four games (0-1-3).
Canucks 2, Flames 0
* Jannik Hansen and Mike Santorelli (VAN): Goal each.
* Eddie Lack (VAN): 18 saves, second career shutout in eighth career start.
* Canucks: 10-1-1 since December 1st (won last three).
* Flames: 1-4-2 in last seven games (lost last two).
Maple Leafs 5, Hurricanes 2
* Phil Kessel (TOR): two goals (20); sixth straight season with 20-plus goals.
* Tyler Bozak (TOR): firsty career three-assist game
* Maple Leafs: 3-0-2 in last five games (won last two).
* Hurricanes: 0-3-2 in last five games.
Rangers 4, Lightning 3
* Mats Zuccarello (NYR): PPG (9), two assists (third career three-point game.
* Rangers: 3-1-0 in last four games (were 1-4-2 in previous seven games.
* Lightning: 0-1-1 in last two games, following a five-game winning streak
Blues 3, Stars 2 (OT)
* Kevin Shattenkirk (STL): GW PPG (6) with 11 seconds left in overtime (three of his six goals this season have been GWG).
* Blues: third straight game decided in OT or shootout (won last two)
* Blues: 4-0-1 in last five games overall.
* Stars: have earned at least one standings point in six straight games (four wins, two OT/SO losses)
Panthers 4, Canadiens 1
* Brian Campbell (FLA): Goal (5), assist for fifth multi-point game of season.
* Panthers: snap three-game losing streak.
* Canadiens: now 2-2-0 on five-game road trip (final game of trip: Tuesday at Hurricanes).
Sabres 2, Capitals 1 (SO) (BUF wins shootout, 1-0)
* Steve Ott (BUF): scored only goal of shootout in 6th round.
* Ryan Miller (BUF): 49 saves (career-high).
* Sabres: fifth shootout win this season (11 total wins).
* Capitals: have just two wins in their last six games (2-2-2).