NHL Capsules

MONTREAL (AP) Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal 3:41 into overtime, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Saturday night.

Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves.

Max Pacioretty scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who have lost two consecutive games after winning nine of their previous 10. Carey Price stopped 35 shots.

Crosby beat Price with a one-timer, while the Penguins played with the man-advantage. It was only the second power-play goal for the Penguins in their past 23 opportunities.


WASHINGTON (AP) – John Carlson and Joel Ward scored in the second period, Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the Detroit Red Wings.

Troy Brouwer also scored for Washington, which improved to 12-1-4 in its last 17 games.

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, named to his second NHL All-Star game earlier Saturday, left early in the first period with a groin injury after attempting to make the save on Brouwer’s goal. Howard finished with two saves.

Jonathan Ericsson scored his first goal of the season for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek made 12 saves in relief of Howard.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Rookie David Pastrnak scored his first two career NHL goals to lead the Boston Bruins over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Chris Kelly added a short-handed goal for Boston, which won its third straight.

Claude Giroux scored for Philadelphia, which fell further out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Jakub Voracek, who entered leading the NHL with 49 points, assisted Giroux’s goal.

The Flyers lost goaltender to injury as Steve Mason left 7:07 into the opening period with a lower body injury. Mason went down and appeared to clutch the back of his right knee after extending his right leg to save Craig Cunningham’s shot.


DENVER (AP) – Nathan MacKinnon broke a second-period tie and Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots, leading Colorado over Dallas.

Erik Johnson, John Mitchell and Matt Duchene also scored as the Avalanche won for the fifth time in six games to leapfrog Dallas in the Central Division standings.

MacKinnon’s score with 8.4 seconds left in the second was part of a three-goal period for the Avalanche. They came out fast to start the third, too, with Duchene scoring just 12 seconds into period.

Brett Ritchie, Colton Sceviour and Ales Hemsky had goals for the Stars, who have dropped five straight in Denver.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Calle Jarnkrok scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Nashville beat Minnesota.

Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson also scored for Nashville, which improved to 9-1-2 in its past 12 games and has a league-best 60 points. Pekka Rinne made 36 saves.

Charlie Coyle scored for Minnesota, which has lost 10 of 12 and began a three-games-in-four-days stretch that includes games in Chicago on Sunday and Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Jarnkrok broke a 1-all tie at 3:48 of the third period.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Brian Strait had a goal and an assist and the New York Islanders used a three-goal second period to power past the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Nikolay Kulemin, Matt Martin, Anders Lee and Kyle Okposo also scored for the Islanders, who remained in first place in the Metropolitan Division with a second win in as many nights.

Ryan Strome and Thomas Hickey each had two assists, and backup Chad Johnson made 16 saves in his first start since Dec. 23.

Jack Johnson and Nick Foligno scored for Columbus, back home from a 2-2 road trip.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Five Ottawa players scored and the Senators snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

Craig Anderson had 31 saves for the Senators, who scored five straight after the Coyotes took an early lead on Mikkel Boedker’s goal.

Milan Michalek, Clarke MacArthur, Mike Hoffman, Cody Ceci and David Legwand scored for Ottawa. The goals by Michalek and Ceci came on power plays.


ST. LOUIS (AP) – Vladimir Tarasenko tied it early in the third period and T.J. Oshie had the lone goal in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jake Allen allowed one goal after replacing Brian Elliott after the Hurricanes scored on three of their first 10 shots and took a 3-1 lead.

The Blues, who have won four in a row, had won each of the previous three by five or more goals for the first time in franchise history. Oshie beat Cam Ward to open the shootout.

Carolina, 3-1-1 in January after a 3-10-1 December, got goals from Victor Rask, Jeff Skinner, Eric Stahl and Riley Nash.

Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had an apparent game-winner disallowed with 1:52 remaining in overtime because Patrik Berglund was in the crease.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Joni Ortio made 36 saves for his first NHL shutout, leading the Calgary Flames past the Vancouver Canucks.

Mikael Backlund scored in the first period for Calgary and Ortio made it stand in his first start of the season to help the Flames snap a three-game losing streak.

The Flames came in having lost nine straight against Vancouver (0-6-3), and hadn’t beaten the Canucks since a 4-2 victory on March 3, 2013, at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Eddie Lack stopped 22 shots for Vancouver, which has dropped two straight after going 5-1-1 in its previous seven outings.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves just hours after getting passed over for the All-Star game and the New York Rangers completed a rare California sweep by beating the San Jose Sharks.

Chris Kreider scored one goal and set up Martin St. Louis for another for the Rangers, who have 13 wins in 14 games for the first time since 1973. That includes wins in a four-day span at Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose – the first time New York has even beaten those three teams on the road in the same season.

Rick Nash added an empty-net goal to seal it.

Melker Karlsson joined Jeff Friesen as the only Sharks rookies ever to score goals in five straight games when he converted on the power play in the third period.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mathieu Perreault, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler scored on Winnipeg’s first three shots against Jonathan Quick during a 3-minute span, and then Little got the only goal in a four-round shootout to help the Jets beat the Los Angeles Kings.

Zach Bogosian scored the tying goal in the third period to end a 41-game drought going back almost a year. Michael Hutchinson gave up goals on two of the first five shots he faced, but finished with 25 saves and stopped four more shots in the tiebreaker.

Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams, Marian Gaborik and Kyle Clifford scored for the Kings, who have lost three straight and five of six.