Pa­cioretty pro­pels Cana­di­ens to 5-4 shootout win over LA Kings

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Paul By­ron scored the clinch­ing goal in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens avoided a win­less swing through Cal­i­for­nia with a 5-4 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Kings on Sun­day. Max Pa­cioretty had two goals and an as­sist for the Cana­di­ens, who won for just the sec­ond time in seven road games. Mon­treal had only one win in its pre­vi­ous 11 games in Cal­i­for­nia be­fore scor­ing three times in the four-round shootout. Alexan­der Radulov and An­drew Shaw also scored and Carey Price made 27 saves for the At­lantic Division-lead­ing Cana­di­ens. Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty had a goal and an as­sist apiece for the Kings, who lost for only the sec­ond time in eight games. Peter Bu­daj stopped 26 shots.


Wayne Sim­monds scored two power-play goals and Philadel­phia beat Nashville to win its fifth con­sec­u­tive game. Play­ing in front of a sell­out crowd in Nashville, the Fly­ers earned their sec­ond road vic­tory in two days against a Cen­tral Division team. They de­feated the Chicago Black­hawks 3-1 on Satur­day. The Preda­tors lost in reg­u­la­tion for only the sec­ond time in 12 home games this sea­son. Sim­monds, who leads the Fly­ers with 13 goals, scored twice against what had been a stingy Nashville penalty-killing unit at home. The Preda­tors did not al­low a power-play goal in their first 10 home games, but have given up three in their last two games.


An­drew Copp scored the tiebreak­ing goal with 4:45 left, Bryan Lit­tle got his third goal in three games and Win­nipeg edged Chicago. Copp beat Scott Dar­ling on the stick side with a shot from the right cir­cle that slipped just inside the left post. Chicago’s Artemi Pa­narin scored with 6:54 re­main­ing to tie it at 1, mo­ments af­ter Copp hit the post, to spoil Con­nor Helle­buyck’s bid for a sec­ond shutout against Chicago in less than a month. Pa­narin com­pleted a give-and-go with Pa­trick Kane, beat­ing Helle­buyck to the glove side. Helle­buyck fin­ished with 25 saves and out­du­eled Dar­ling, who started his sec­ond straight game for the Black­hawks in place of No. 1 goalie Corey Craw­ford. Dar­ling made 30 saves, in­clud­ing three on break­aways. Lit­tle’s pow­er­play goal with 43.4 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod was his fourth point in four games since miss­ing 23 with a lower-body in­jury.


Danny DeKeyser scored 1:02 into over­time to give Detroit a vic­tory over New York. Mike Green scored twice and Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg had a goal and as­sist for Detroit, which im­proved to 4-1-2 in its last seven games. Peter Mrazek stopped 32 shots to im­prove to 3-0-2 in his past five starts. An­ders Lee, Johnny Boy­chuk and Josh Bai­ley scored for New York, which had won a sea­son­high three straight. Jaroslav Halak fin­ished with 30 saves. Detroit’s Frans Nielsen had an as­sist while fac­ing his for­mer team for the first time since leav­ing the Is­lan­ders for a six-year, $31.5 mil­lion deal with the Red Wings last sum­mer. The 32-year-old Dan­ish cen­ter was se­lected by the Is­lan­ders in the third round of the 2002 draft and had 119 goals and 230 as­sists over 10 sea­sons in New York.


Phillip Di Giuseppe scored his first goal of the sea­son 1:26 into over­time, giv­ing Carolina a win over Tampa Bay. Vik­tor Stal­berg as­sisted on Di Giuseppe’s wrist shot from the right cir­cle, which ended a three-game skid for the Canes. It was Carolina’s sixth straight home vic­tory and snapped a three-game skid ver­sus Tampa Bay. The Hur­ri­canes have won just two of their last 10 games against the Light­ning. Tampa Bay, with­out in­jured star Steven Stamkos, lost for the fifth time in six games. Its last reg­u­la­tion win was over Philadel­phia on Nov. 23. Hur­ri­canes goalie Cam Ward had 30 saves in his 25th ca­reer shutout. Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop stopped 29 shots.


Johnny Gau­dreau had a goal and an as­sist in his re­turn from a bro­ken finger, and Cal­gary scored five times in a 6:04 span of the sec­ond pe­riod to rout Ana­heim. It was a sur­prise when it was re­vealed in the morn­ing that Gau­dreau would be back in the lineup less than three weeks af­ter surgery that was ex­pected to keep him out four to six weeks. On the first shot of his first shift, he took a drop pass from Sam Ben­nett and whipped a shot past Jonathan Bernier at 2:09 to make it 1-0. Sixth in the NHL in scor­ing last sea­son, Gau­dreau started off slowly this sea­son with two goals in 14 games. But he was just be­gin­ning to heat up with three goals in three games when a slash from Eric Staal against Min­nesota on Nov. 15 side­lined him for 10 games.


Mikko Koivu scored 3:11 into over­time and Min­nesota edged Ed­mon­ton. Char­lie Coyle also scored for the Wild (12-8-4), who snapped a three-game skid. Pa­trick Maroon had the goal for the Oil­ers (14-10-3), who had won two straight. Ed­mon­ton got on the board less than 3 min­utes into the game. Wild goalie De­van Dub­nyk was able to stop a point shot by Mark Fayne, but couldn’t re­cover in time to stop Maroon from scor­ing his eighth of the sea­son on the re­bound. The Wild tied it with 55 sec­onds to go in the open­ing pe­riod. Coyle was able to mus­cle in a re­bound off Oil­ers goalie Jonas Gus­tavs­son’s skate for his ninth goal this sea­son. —AP

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