Wild over­whelm Pen­guins 4-2

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PITTSBURGH: Eric Staal’s third-pe­riod goal proved to be the game-win­ner as the Min­nesota Wild de­feated the Pittsburgh Pen­guins 4-2 on Thurs­day night. Staal had two as­sists, giv­ing him 51 points in 50 ca­reer games against Pittsburgh. Char­lie Coyle and Nino Nieder­re­iter also scored for the Wild, who won for the fourth time in six games. Jared Spur­geon added an empty-net goal. Min­nesota de­feated the Pen­guins for the first time in five meet­ings. De­van Dub­nyk, who made 39 saves, al­lowed fewer than three goals for the eighth straight game, which in­cludes a streak of three con­sec­u­tive shutouts. Sid­ney Crosby and Pa­tric Horn­qvist scored on the power play for Pittsburgh, which lost in reg­u­la­tion for the first time in eight games. It was Pittsburgh’s first reg­u­la­tion home loss this sea­son. Crosby has nine goals and 11 points in eight games since re­turn­ing from a con­cus­sion that side­lined him for the first six games of the sea­son. Pittsburgh al­lowed a sea­son­high 43 shots.


Niko­laj Eh­lers, Blake Wheeler and An­drew Copp scored to help Win­nipeg beat Ari­zona. The Jets won for the third time in four games and have earned at least a point in four of five. Win­nipeg goalie Con­nor Helle­buyck, mak­ing his fourth straight start, had 23 saves. The top line of Eh­lers, rookie Pa­trik Laine and cen­ter Mark Scheifele com­bined for three points. Radim Vr­bata had a goal for the Coy­otes, and To­bias Rieder scored with 1.2 sec­onds to play.


Tommy Win­gels scored the go-ahead goal at 8:53 of the third pe­riod to lift San Jose over Florida. Lo­gan Cou­ture, Joe Pavel­ski and Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks. Martin Jones made 22 saves. Ja­son De­mers scored his first two goals of the sea­son, both in the first pe­riod, for the Panthers. James Reimer stopped 25 shots, and Jaromir Jagr had an as­sist.


Calle Jarnkrok scored twice to lead Nashville over St Louis. James Neal also scored and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves for the Preda­tors, who have won two straight. Jaden Schwartz had the lone goal and Carter Hut­ton made 25 saves for the Blues.


Jimmy Howard stopped 36 shots and Detroit de­feated Van­cou­ver. Dy­lan Larkin, Bren­dan Smith and Steve Ott scored for Detroit. Red Wings cap­tain Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg, matched against Canucks cap­tain and fel­low Swede Hen­rik Sedin most of the game, had two as­sists. Daniel Sedin scored for Van­cou­ver, which is 1-9-1 in its last 11 games. Ryan Miller made 24 saves.


Steven Stamkos had a goal and two as­sists, An­drei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves and Tampa Bay beat New York. Nikita Kucherov, Tyler John­son and Brian Boyle also scored for the Light­ning, who have outscored the Is­lan­ders 10-2 in win­ning the first two games of the sea­son series. The Is­lan­ders got a goal from An­drew Ladd. New York goalie Jaroslav Halak was re­placed by Thomas Greiss 2:50 into the sec­ond pe­riod. Stamkos has 111 power-play goals with Tampa Bay, one shy of Vin­cent Le­cav­a­lier’s team record. Vic­tor Hed­man got his 188th ca­reer as­sist to be­come the fran­chise leader for de­fense­men.


Carey Price made 24 saves and Mon­treal beat Los An­ge­les to stay per­fect in nine home games this sea­son. Paul Byron, Daniel Carr, Phillip Danault and Alex Galchenyuk, into an empty net, scored for Mon­treal (12-1-1), which has won three straight. Tyler Tof­foli scored for the Kings (7-7-0), and Peter Bu­daj made 19 saves against his for­mer team. Tof­foli ended Price’s shutout bid at 11:57 of the third pe­riod on the power play, just min­utes af­ter the Cana­di­ens goalie robbed Anze Ko­pi­tar while sprawled on the ice. Price is 192-0 in his last 21 starts dat­ing to last sea­son.


Jakob Sil­fver­berg scored two sec­ond-pe­riod goals and added two as­sists as Ana­heim beat Carolina. Ryan Kesler also had two goals for the Ducks, in­clud­ing an empty-net­ter with 26 sec­onds left. Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots. Teuvo Ter­a­vainen and Vic­tor Rask scored for the Hur­ri­cares, last in the East­ern Con­fer­ence. Cam Ward made 23 saves. Ducks cap­tain Ryan Get­zlaf had a late as­sist to pass Teemu Se­lanne as the fran­chise leader with 532. Ana­heim’s An­drew Cogliano played in his 718th straight game, the long­est streak among ac­tive play­ers, and had two as­sists.


David Backes, David Kre­jci and Austin Czarnik all had two points apiece for Bos­ton against Colum­bus. The Bru­ins won for the fifth time in seven games and have scored 11 goals in two wins over Colum­bus this sea­son. The Blue Jack­ets lost in reg­u­la­tion for the sec­ond time in 10 games. Torey Krug, Matt Be­leskey, Czarnik and Tim Schaller scored four of five straight Bos­ton goals in a span of 9:55 dur­ing the first pe­riod to give the Bru­ins a 4-1 lead. Backes added his third of the sea­son at 11:51 of the sec­ond. Tuukka Rask made 15 saves while im­prov­ing to 8-1. Blue Jack­ets goalie Sergei Bo­brovsky lost for the first time in five starts and is 0-4-2 against Bos­ton. He was pulled in fa­vor of Cur­tis McEl­hin­ney af­ter giv­ing up four goals on nine shots. Nick Foligno and Sam Gag­ner scored for the Blue Jack­ets. Gag­ner got an unas­sisted goal af­ter Bru­ins de­fense­man Colin Miller mis­tak­enly knocked the puck into his own net at 8:40 of the third.


Jamie Benn snapped a nine-game scor­ing drought with two goals, in­clud­ing the gamewin­ner on a third-pe­riod power play, and Dal­las beat Cal­gary to snap a five-game los­ing streak. Lauri Kor­pikoski and An­toine Rous­sel, with an empty-net­ter, also scored for Dal­las (5-6-3). The Stars are 1-1-1 with two stops to go on a five-game trip. Kari Le­hto­nen made 29 saves to im­prove to 2-4-2. Johnny Gau­dreau scored both goals for the Flames (59-1), who have lost five of six and are 2-5-0 at home.— AP

ARI­ZONA: Ari­zona Coy­otes left wing Jor­dan Marti­nook (48) gets checked by Win­nipeg Jets de­fense­man Dustin Byfuglien (33) in front of Jets goalie Con­nor Helle­buyck dur­ing the third pe­riod of an NHL hockey game on Thurs­day, Nov 10, 2016. — AP

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