Wild shut out Fly­ers

Min­nesota’s Dub­nyk stops 30 shots in vic­tory

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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.

As­so­ci­Ated Press

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.

As­so­ci­Ated Press

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.

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