Wild shut out Flyers
Minnesota’s Dubnyk stops 30 shots in victory
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Devan Dubnyk posted his third straight shutout with 30 saves and Nino Niederreiter scored 12 seconds into the game for the Minnesota Wild in a 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
Dubnyk’s third shutout of the season stretched his scoreless streak to 195:05, breaking his mark of 183:16 set last season for the longest in team history. Dubnyk has stopped the last 103 shots he’s faced.
Eric Staal and Jason Zucker each scored an empty-net goal for Minnesota, which has won a season-best three straight.
Brian Elliott made 17 saves for Philadelphia, shut out for an NHL-high fifth time this season.
Niederreiter broke Zucker’s streak of six straight goals for the Wild, one shy of the NHL record for consecutive goals scored by a player for one team.
Staal won the initial faceoff and had possession of the puck on the left side when he centered to Niederreiter for a quick one-timer past Elliott. It was the fastest goal to start a game in franchise history at home.
Niederreiter, who was playing in his 400th NHL game, missed six games earlier this season with a high ankle sprain but has three goals and three assists in eight games since returning.
The Flyers have not scored in 156:09. Their top line of Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek has combined for 23 goals — 46 percent of the team’s total.
Philadelphia was 0-for-2 on the power play and has converted one time in its last 18 chances.
penguins 5, sabres 4, ot
PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby ended a long goal drought and assisted on Conor Sheary’s game-winner 16 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres.
Crosby scored his sixth of the season, Sheary had a pair of goals and Patric Hornqvist added one for Pittsburgh. Phil Kessel got his eighth of the season and has goals in four straight games. Kessel, the team’s leading scorer, has at least one point in five straight games — and 16-of-20 this season.
Matt Murray made 28 saves for the Penguins, who won their sixth in a row at home. Pittsburgh is 12-0-1 in its last 13 games against the Sabres, including seven consecutive wins at home.
Pittsburgh, which lost six of its previous eight games, played 13 of its first 19 on the road, including six back-to-backs, and is 4-7-2 away from home. The Penguins play 13 of their next 19 at home, where they have won six of their last seven.
Jack Eichel also ended a scoring drought with his fifth goal of the season. Sam Reinhart, Benoit Pouliot and Evander Kane also scored for Buffalo.
Kane has 10 goals in 18 games this season. He’s off to the best start of his career, topping his mark of 10 goals in 22 games during the 2011-12 season.
Robin Lehner made 40 saves for the Sabres, who lost for the sixth time in eight games and haven’t won in Pittsburgh since April 2, 2013.
Pouliot gave the Sabres a 4-3 lead entering the third period by scoring a power-play goal with 6.7 seconds left in the second. Reinhart centered a pass to Pouliot, who backhanded a shot over Murray’s glove.
Kessel tied it at 13:49 of the third. He was on one knee when he one-timed a cross-ice feed from Evgeni Malkin past Lehner.
predators 6, capitals 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mattias Ekholm and Kevin Fiala each had a goal and an assist to lead the streaking Nashville Predators past the Washington Capitals for their fifth straight victory.
blue Jackets 2, canadiens 1, ot
MONTREAL — Zach Werenski scored 1:09 into overtime, lifting the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Montreal Canadiens.
Josh Anderson had a goal 2:29 into the game for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves, allowing only a goal to Paul Byron early in the third period.
panthers 4, stars 3, so
SUNRISE, Fla. — Jonathan Huberdeau had two power-play goals and Vincent Trocheck scored the winner in a shootout to lift the Florida Panthers over the Dallas Stars.
Aleksander Barkov scored in regulation and the shootout for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 40 shots, plus two more in the tiebreaker.
Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, left, watches as Mike Reilly falls while defending against Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek, right, during the first period of Tuesday’s NHL game in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won 3-0.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) lifts the puck over Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) for a goal in the second period of Tuesday’s NHL game in Pittsburgh.