Red Wings sweep aside Babcock’s Leafs in OT
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.
DEVILS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2
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.
PENGUINS 2, OILERS 1
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.
STARS 4, HURRICANES 1
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.
RANGERS 2, AVALANCHE 1
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.
DUCKS 4, BLUE JACKETS 2
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