NHL ROUNDUP Sen­a­tors skate past Pen­guins

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OT­TAWA, Ontario — Mike Con­don made 29 saves to help the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors beat the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins 4-1 on Thurs­day night.

The Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Pen­guins, com­ing off a 5-2 loss to Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day night, lost con­sec­u­tive games in reg­u­la­tion for the first time since Dec. 14-19, 2015.

Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman, Tom Py­att and Mark Stone scored for Ot­tawa.

Con­don, mak­ing his eighth con­sec­u­tive start, al­lowed only Conor Sheary’s goal. Con­don was at his best in the sec­ond pe­riod, mak­ing big saves, in­clud­ing one on Phil Kes­sel and an­other on Nick Bonino. He also got a lit­tle help when Scott Wil­son rang a shot off the post.

Matt Mur­ray, play­ing for the first time since suf­fer­ing a lower-body in­jury Dec. 28, made 29 saves for Pitts­burgh.

Ot­tawa, hold­ing a 3-1 lead to start the third, held off Pitts­burgh and mid­way through the pe­riod put the game out of reach when Stone scored his 13th of the sea­son.

Frus­tra­tion was clearly set­ting in for the Pen­guins as coach Mike Sul­li­van was given a bench mi­nor and thrown out of the game with just more than two min­utes re­main­ing.

By The As­so­ci­ated Press By The As­so­ci­ated Press

Wild 7, Cana­di­ens 1: Eric Staal and Jor­dan Schroeder scored 39 sec­onds apart in the sec­ond pe­riod, Nino Nieder­re­iter had two goals, and Min­nesota over­whelmed Carey Price and vis­it­ing Mon­treal.

De­van Dub­nyk stopped 20 shots, miss­ing the shutout by 9 sec­onds on To­mas Plekanec’s power-play re­bound, but he beat Price for the sec­ond time in three weeks. What be­gan as a matchup of two All-Star goalies be­came an all-out blitz.

Chris­tian Folin, Ja­son Zucker and Ryan Suter also scored, Matt Dumba had three as­sists, and Staal and Jared Spur­geon each set up a pair of goals. Price, who made 17 saves, was taunted by the “Sieve!” chant af­ter Nieder­re­iter’s sec­ond score.

The last time Price al­lowed seven goals was against Pitts­burgh on March 2, 2013.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Min­nesota Wild goalie De­van Dub­nyk de­flects a shot by Brian Flynn (32) of the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens in the first pe­riod. Dub­nyk stopped 20 shots in the Wild’s vic­tory.

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