Devils Snuff Lightning – NHL News And Notes For February 8th
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks remain the lone NHL team without a regulation loss this season following an easy win at Phoenix.
Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist as the Hawks ripped the Coyotes 6-2. Kane already has 18 points this season after scoring twice on 5-on-3 power plays during the Blackhawks' four-goal first period. Viktor Stalberg, Jonathan Toews (taqyvz) and Bryan Bickell each had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks improved to 9-0-2.
Ilya Kovalchuk (KOH'-vul-chuhk) snapped a 1-1 tie with a short-handed goal late in the second period of the Devils' third straight win, 4-2 against Tampa Bay. Andy Greene and Patrik Elias (EH'-lee-ahsh) iced the game with power-play goals 14 seconds apart with less than five minutes remaining.
Elias also had two assists for the Devils, who improved to 6-1-3 and handed the Lightning their third consecutive loss since a 6-1 start.
Also on ice, teenage rookie J.T. Miller scored his first two NHL goals and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots as the New York Rangers handed the Islanders their third straight loss, 4-1. The Rangers have beaten the Islanders eight straight times at Madison Square Garden, outscoring them 35-11.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Maluniskin each had a goal and two assists in Pittsburgh's 5-2 triumph over Washington. Crosby stretched his point streak to six games and helped the Penguins pick up their fifth consecutive win.
Calgary beat Columbus 4-3 on Alex Tanguay's (TAN'-hayz) goal 67 seconds into overtime. Roman Cervenka, Mikael Backlund and Lee Stempniak (STEHMP'nee-ak) also tallied in the Flames' second straight win.
Shootout goals by Jonathon Huberdeau and Peter Mueller pushed Florida past Philadelphia 3-2. Panthers forward Stephen Weiss tied the game at 2, midway through the third period, with his first goal of the season.
Thomas Vanek was Buffalo's star in a 5-4 triumph at Montreal, scoring twice in the third period and once in the shootout. Vanek's league-high 10th goal of the season tied the game with just two seconds left in regulation and allowed the Sabres to win for only the second time in nine games.
Jay Harrison scored 2:19 into overtime to end Carolina's 3-2 win at Ottawa. Cam Ward handled 45 shots for the Hurricanes, who forced OT on Alexander Semin's (SEH'-mihnz) power-play goal with 7:34 left in regulation.
Toronto turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win at Winnipeg on goals by Matt Frattin (FRAT'-ihn) and Phil Kessel 54 seconds apart late in the third period. Kessel finally scored his first goal of the season after netting 37 last year.
Pekka Rinne (PEK'-uh RIN'-ay) made 32 saves and Nashville picked up its fourth straight win by blanking Los Angeles 3-0. Colin Wilson scored twice to back Rinne's 32-save effort.
Vancouver also has a four-game winning streak after Corey Schneider handled 22 shots in a 4-1 decision over Minnesota. Mason Raymond had a power-play goal and an assist in the second period.
St. Louis owns a three-game losing streak after Petr Mrazek stopped 26 shots in his NHL debut to lead Detroit's 5-1 win over the Blues. Cory Emmerton and Damien Brunner scored 91 seconds apart in the third period to put the Red Wings ahead 4-1.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Bruins have shipped goaltender Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders for a conditional second-round draft choice in 2014 or 2015, a deal that's more of a salary cap move for the B's.
Thomas is taking this season off, and the deal provides financial flexibility for the Bruins as they try to get under the cap by Friday's deadline. The 38-year-old goalie is in the final season of a four-year deal that counts for $5 million against the salary cap.
The draft-pick conditions are expected to center around whether or not he plays for the Islanders, which is unlikely.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Kimmo Timonen (KIM'-oh TEE'-moh-nehn) on a one-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season. Timonen is in his sixth season with the team and has 28 goals and 211 points in 407 games for the Flyers. The 14-year veteran has scored 107 goals and 512 points in 980 NHL games.