Pen­guins han­dle Light­ning

Wild coach Boudreau has win­ning re­turn to Ana­heim

Albuquerque Journal - - NFL - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS WILD 2, DUCKS 1:

PITTS­BURGH — The Pitts­burgh Pen­guins were rested after a week off since their last game, while the Tampa Bay Light­ning were play­ing for the third time in four days. It showed. Marc-An­dre Fleury stopped 28 shots in his fifth straight win, lead­ing the Pen­guins to a 6-2 vic­tory over the Light­ning on Sunday.

Fleury, who has not lost in reg­u­la­tion since al­low­ing six goals to the Min­nesota on Nov. 25, is 7-0-1 in his last eight de­ci­sions.

Con­nor Sheary had a goal and an as­sist, and Eric Fehr, Chris Ku­nitz, Scott Wil­son, Phil Kes­sel and Kris Le­tang also scored for the Pen­guins. Sid­ney Crosby and Matt Cullen each two as­sists to help Pitts­burgh win its fifth straight.

Pitts­burgh, which hadn’t played since de­feat­ing the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens 4-3 in over­time on Dec. 31, con­tin­ues to surge at home, where it im­proved to 18-2-2. The Pen­guins haven’t lost in reg­u­la­tion at home since a 5-2 de­feat to the New York Rangers on Nov. 21.

“I think our team en­joys play­ing in front of our fans,” Pen­guins coach Mike Sul­li­van said. “I know they give us a boost, but it’s not like we draw up a game plan for home and a game plan for away. We’re try­ing to play the same game.”

Jonathan Drouin and Vladislav Namest­nikov scored for the Light­ning, and An­drei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves in his third start in four days. Tampa Bay lost its fourth straight.

Tampa Bay has al­lowed 22 goals on its four-game los­ing streak. The Light­ning sur­ren­dered six goals Sunday for the third time on the streak, but Drouin felt their ef­fort im­proved over their 4-2 loss to the Philadel­phia Fly­ers on Satur­day.

“I thought we started well,” Drouin said. “We’re mov­ing, skat­ing, tak­ing shots. They did the same thing. That’s a good team. Def­i­nitely, the re­sult sucks, but we played pretty well in the first.”

In Ana­heim, Calif., Matt Dumba and Jared Spur­geon scored early in the sec­ond pe­riod, and Min­nesota beat the Ducks in coach Bruce Boudreau’s tri­umphant re­turn to Ana­heim.

Boudreau was fired by the Ducks after their first-round playoff exit last spring de­spite lead­ing Ana­heim to the past four con­sec­u­tive Pa­cific Di­vi­sion ti­tles and Game 7 of the 2015 West­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals. The vet­eran coach has turned his new team into an early-sea­son Stan­ley Cup con­tender with 14 wins in its last 16 games.

The Wild ea­gerly hired Boudreau, who has won eight di­vi­sion ti­tles in his nine sea­sons be­hind an NHL bench.

BLACK­HAWKS 5, PREDA­TORS 2: In Chicago, Ryan Hart­man scored off a goal­mouth scram­ble in the third pe­riod and tacked on two empty-net­ters, help­ing the Black­hawks beat banged-up Nashville.

SEN­A­TORS 5, OIL­ERS 3: In Ot­tawa, On­tario, Mark Stone had a goal and two as­sists, Mike Condon stopped 35 shots and the Sen­a­tors beat Ed­mon­ton.

HUR­RI­CANES 4, BRU­INS 3 (OT): In Raleigh, N.C., Se­bas­tian Aho’s sec­ond goal of the game, 1:34 into over­time, lifted Carolina over Bos­ton.

Derek Ryan and Jay McCle­ment also scored for the Hur­ri­canes, and Camm Ward fin­ished with 32 saves. Carolina won two of the three meet­ings be­tween the teams, with all three go­ing be­yond reg­u­la­tion.

Tim Schal­lar, David Backes and Brad Marc­hand scored for Bos­ton, and Zane McIn­tyre stopped 26 shots in his first ca­reer ap­pear­ance against Carolina. BLUE JACK­ETS 2, FLY­ERS 1 (OT): In Colum­bus, Ohio, Nick Foligno scored 2:33 into over­time to lift the Blue Jack­ets to a vic­tory over Philadel­phia.

The Fly­ers’ Bray­den Schenn had tied it with 17 sec­onds left to send the game into the ex­tra pe­riod.


Pitts­burgh’s Conor Sheary (43) puts the puck in the net be­hind Tampa Bay goalie An­drei Vasilevskiy (88) dur­ing Sunday’s game. The Pen­guins won 6-2.

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