NHL ROUNDUP: Ducks lose in Anaheim
Ondrej Pavelec made 40 saves, Evander Kane had a short-handed goal and an assist in his return from a four-game injury absence, and Winnipeg beat Anaheim, 3-2, on Tuesday night, ending Anaheim’s 10-game home winning streak. The Ducks suffered their first regulation loss at home this season after a 20-0-2 start at Honda Center.
Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd also scored for the last-place Jets, who got their fourth consecutive win since coach Paul Maurice replaced Claude Noel.
Cam Fowler and Nick Bonino scored for the NHL-leading Ducks, who hadn’t lost at home since Dec. 3. Anaheim has won 19 of 22 overall, but has lost two of its last three games.
Anaheim was just the fourth NHL team in 40 years to earn a point in its first 22 home games to start a season. The Ducks were the only NHL team that hadn’t lost in regulation at home this season.
BLUE JACKETS 5, KINGS 3: R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead Columbus to its franchise-record seventh straight win, beating Los Angeles. Nathan Horton scored in his 600th NHL game, Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist and Ryan Johansen also scored for Columbus, with James Wisniewski picking up two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky moved to 8-0 in his past eight starts with 26 saves. Jeff Carter, Dwight King and Robyn Regehr had goals for the Kings, who have lost three in a row. The Blue Jackets are 8-1-0 with Horton in the lineup.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, AVALANCHE 2: Phil Kessel scored twice, James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist and Toronto beat Colorado for its sixth straight win. Nazem Kadri also scored and James Reimer stopped 35 shots for Toronto. The Maple Leafs are on their longest winning streak in eight years after losing four in a row. Toronto has climbed to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings during its win streak. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals for the Avalanche.
ISLANDERS 5, RANGERS 3: Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal with 4:38 left, and the New York Islanders rallied from two goals down for a second straight day and beat the New York Rangers. Colin McDonald and defenseman Thomas Hickey scored in the second period to get the Islanders even. Matt Martin scored a rare goal in the first, and Frans Nielsen added an empty-netter. Kevin Poulin made 30 saves in the Islanders’ ninth win in their past 11 road games. Rick Nash scored twice in the first period for his second straight multigoal game. Cam Talbot made 32 saves while subbing for Henrik Lundqvist, who missed the game due to illness.
CANUCKS 2, OILERS 1: Rookie Kellan Lain and Zack Kassian scored and Vancouver won its first game without suspended head coach John Tortorella in a victory over Edmonton. The Canucks have won just three of their past 11 games. The Canucks were also without leading scoring Henrik Sedin, who missed his first game in close to a decade with an injury. Tortorella was suspended for 15 days by the NHL on Monday for an altercation during a game against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
DEVILS 7, BLUES 1: Mark Fayne and Ryan Carter scored 24 seconds apart early in the first period to spark New Jersey over St. Louis. Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe, Adam Henrique, Damien Brunner and Eric Gelinas added goals and the Devils celebrated a return to the snow-bound Prudential Center after losing three of four on the road. The seven goals were a season high. It was the biggest outburst by the Devils, and the most surrendered by the Blues. The game went on as scheduled despite a heavy snowstorm that held the crowd to an announced turnout of 2,000.
PANTHERS 4, SABRES 3: Ed Jovanovski scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in his 1,100th career game, sparking Florida over Buffalo. Sean Bergenheim, Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad also scored for Florida, which improved to 4-0-1 in its past five trips to Buffalo.
SENATORS 2, CAPITALS 0: Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza scored, Craig Anderson made 34 saves and Ottawa beat Washington to hand the Alex Ovechkin-less Capitals their sixth straight loss. With NHL scoring leader Ovechkin sidelined with an unspecified lower-body injury, Washington generated few quality scoring chances, failing to convert on five power plays. During their six-game skid, the Capitals have scored just seven goals. It was the third time Washington has been shut out this season, with all the games at home.
STARS 4, WILD 0: Erik Cole and Ray Whitney scored power-play goals, and Dallas stopped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Minnesota. Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves as Dallas won for the second time in its past 11 games.