Jason Spezza has go-ahead goal as Ottawa Senators defeat Flames 3-2
OTTAWA (CP) — Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist Tuesday night as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2.
Spezza scored the winning goal late in the second period and Brian Elliott made 27 saves, including two huge stops as Calgary pressed for the tying goal in the dying seconds.
Alex Kovalev and Jarkko Ruutu also scored for the Senators (3422-4) who got back on the winning side of the ledger after having an 11-game winning streak snapped in Toronto Saturday night.
The Flames (29-22-9) got a goal and an assist each from Matt Stajan and Niklas Hagman as well as two assists from captain Jarome Iginla. Mikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves in the Calgary goal.
The Flames took a 2-1 lead early in the second period as Stajan took a pass from Iginla inside the Senators blue-line, split the defence then went backhand to forehand and put a shot over top of Elliott and in at 3:18.
The Senators responded with two fortuitous bounces to take a 3-2 lead before the end of the period.
The first came at 9:36 as Ruutu was heading out of the Flames zone when he found a loose puck at his feet in the faceoff circle. He turned and fired a shot past an unsuspecting Kiprusoff to tie the game.
Seven minutes later Spezza had an empty net to shoot at as Jonathan Cheechoo’s pass deflected off the skate of Adam Pardy right onto Spezza’s stick, who buried his eighth goal in nine games since returning from a 20game absence with a knee injury.
Lightning 3, Canucks 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored two third-period goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who have won four in a row for the first time since Nov. 2007.
Goalie Antero Niittymaki improved to 7-0-1 over his last eight starts.
Vancouver got a goal from Ryan Kesler.
Islanders 4, Predators 3
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Mark Streit scored the tying goal in the closing seconds of regulation, and Frans Nielsen and John Tavares connected in the shootout to help the New York Islanders snap a seven-game losing streak with a 43 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Streit rescued a point for the Islanders with a rare power-play goal, scored with only 11.4 seconds left in regulation. New York, which hadn’t scored during a man advantage the previous five games, connected twice in six chances against Nashville.
Bruins 3, Sabres 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — David Krejci scored the winner in the third round of the shootout, and rookie Tuukka Rask made 43 saves to help the Boston Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Tuesday night. The Sabres are winless in five. Daniel Paille scored twice in regulation for Boston (25-22-11), which has won two straight after enduring a 10-game winless streak.
Derek Roy and rookie Tyler Myers scored for the sliding Sabres (32-18-8), who are just 2-72 in their last 11 games.
Hurricanes 4, Panthers 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Joni Pitkanen scored the go-ahead goal, and Manny Legace made 19 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Matt Cullen had a goal and two assists, and Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Carolina. While the Hurricanes remain near the bottom of the NHL standings, they’re playing their best hockey with seven wins in their last nine games.
Cory Stillman scored the lone goal for Florida, which has lost four in a row.
The Panthers have scored only four goals in that stretch to lose ground in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (34) looks on as Ottawa Senator Peter Regin (43) and Flames Ian White (3) battle for the puck during first period NHL action in Ottawa, Tuesday. Senators won, 3-2.