Red Wings sweep aside Bab­cock’s Leafs in OT

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TORONTO: Jakub Kindl scored 2:17 into over­time, Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg got his 300th ca­reer goal and Detroit won its third straight. Kindl was able to skate in down the mid­dle and beat James Reimer over the blocker for his sec­ond goal of the sea­son. Dion Pha­neuf scored and Reimer fin­ished with 22 saves for Toronto, which has just one win in seven games this sea­son at Air Canada Cen­tre. Petr Mrazek made 32 saves for Detroit. The Red Wings went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Leafs failed to score on four chances with the man ad­van­tage. Zet­ter­berg opened the scor­ing with 3:39 to play in the first on an ap­par­ently harm­less wrist shot taken from just in­side the blue line. It fooled Reimer blocker side for Zet­ter­berg’s fourth goal this sea­son.


Travis Zajac capped a three-goal first pe­riod with a goal and an as­sist in a 26-sec­ond span and the New Jer­sey Devils beat the Chicago Black­hawks 4-2 on Fri­day night. The Black­hawks’ poor per­for­mance came a day af­ter an up­state New York pros­e­cu­tor de­cided not to bring rape charges against Chicago star for­ward Pa­trick Kane be­cause of a lack of cred­i­ble ev­i­dence fol­low­ing a three-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Kane ex­tended his goal-scor­ing streak to three games and his points streak to nine (6 goals, 7 as­sists). The Devils dom­i­nated in win­ning for the sev­enth time in nine games, send­ing the Black­hawks to their sec­ond straight loss and end­ing a four-game los­ing streak against Chicago. Lee Stemp­niak and Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an as­sist, Sev­er­son added two as­sists and Mike Cam­mal­leri tal­lied a goal as New Jer­sey took a 4-0 lead in the open­ing 27:28.


Phil Kes­sel broke a tie mid­way through the third pe­riod and Pitts­burgh won its sixth straight. Kes­sel’s goal was his fifth. Daniel Sprong also scored and the Pen­guins won their ninth in 10 games. Os­car Klef­bom had the Oil­ers’ lone goal. Ed­mon­ton has lost two of three. Kes­sel scored on a power play 9:45 into the third. His shot from the point was par­tially blocked by Bran­don David­son then floated past goalie An­ders Nils­son. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 27 shots and won for the sec­ond time in two starts this year.


Pa­trick Sharp scored the go-ahead goal and Radek Faksa added his first of his ca­reer to lead Dal­las. Ales Hem­sky and Ja­son De­mers also scored and Colton Sce­viour had two as­sists for the Stars. Kari Le­hto­nen fin­ished with 30 saves. Jor­dan Staal scored for Car­olina and Ed­die Lack stopped 25 shots. Staal’s goal marked the sixth time he had scored on an as­sist from brother Eric. Jor­dan has as­sisted Eric nine times. The Western Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Stars have won six of their last seven games and are 6-2 on the road. Dal­las has also won eight of the last 11 against Car­olina and four of the last five meet­ings in Raleigh.


Derek Stepan and Os­car Lind­berg scored 21 sec­onds apart in the sec­ond pe­riod, help­ing New York to its fourth straight win. Hen­rik Lundqvist made 29 saves as the Rangers im­proved to 14-2 on the road against Western Con­fer­ence teams dat­ing to last sea­son. Nathan MacKin­non scored a power-play goal for the Avalanche, who have dropped four of their last five con­tests. They be­gin a seven-game trip Tues­day.


Ana­heim cap­tain Ryan Get­zlaf had three as­sists in his first game back from an ap­pen­dec­tomy, in­clud­ing one on de­fense­man Josh Man­son’s first NHL goal, and the Ducks beat Colum­bus. Cam Fowler and Pa­trick Ma­roon also scored, Corey Perry also had three as­sists and Fred­erik An­der­sen made 34 saves for the three-time de­fend­ing Pa­cific Divi­sion cham­pi­ons in a matchup of teams that be­gan the day last in their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions. Ana­heim has won three straight fol­low­ing a 1-7-2 start. Clay­ton Stoner scored into an empty net with 16 sec­onds to play af­ter Colum­bus’ Scott Hart­nell got his sec­ond goalof the night with a minute on the clock. Cur­tis McEl­hin­ney stopped 33 shots for the Blue Jack­ets against his former club. Colum­bus is 4-4-0 un­der new coach John Tortorella, who re­placed Todd Richards af­ter the team’s 0-7 start. —AP

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