Andersen, Toronto blank Pittsburgh
Frederik Andersen made 31 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall, and the Toronto Maple Leafs routed the high-scoring Penguins, 5-0, on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.
Morgan Rielly scored twice and John Tavares had a goal and an assist to help Toronto improve to 6-0 on the road. The Maple Leafs are averaging an NHL-best 5.4 goals on the road. Zach Hyman and Patrick Marleau also scored and Kasperi Kapanen had two assists.
The Maple Leafs picked up their first win with star forward Auston Matthews out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. Toronto scored just one goal in each of its two straight regulation losses without Matthews, who has 10 goals and 16 points in 11 games.
Evgeni Malkin saw his ninegame point streak end for the Penguins. They have lost three Matt Murray made 26 saves. Murray, who shut out Toronto on Oct. 18, briefly left the game midway through the second period with an equipment issue. Backup Casey DeSmith stopped both shots he faced.
The Penguins were swept in a home-and-home series with the New York Islanders on Tuesday and Thursday. They won their previous four games in Canada by a combined 23-6 margin, including a 3-0 shutout at Toronto on Oct. 18.
ISLANDERS 3, DEVILS 0: Thomas Greiss made 35 saves for his first shutout of the season, and New York beat visiting New Jersey for its fifth straight win.
It was Greiss’s ninth career shutout. Since Oct. 28, Greiss has allowed just four goals on 114 shots.
Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson and Scott Mayfield scored for New York (8-4-1), which improved to 6-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division this season.
LIGHTNING 4, CANADIENS 1: Steven Stamkos scored two goals to lead Tampa Bay over host Montreal.
J.T. Miller and Yanni Gourde also scored for the Lightning, winners of nine of 13 games this season. Anton Stralman had three assists.
Andrei Vasilevskiy continued his dominant start in the nets, finishing with 34 saves in his seventh victory.
SABRES 9, SENATORS 2: Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville each had two goals and an assist to lead Buffalo over visiting Ottawa.
Conor Sheary, Casey Mittlestadt, Patrik Berglund and Zemgus Girgensons added a goal and an assist apiece, and Jack Eichel had three assists for the Sabres, who snapped a threegame losing streak.
Predators extend Rinne
The Nashville Predators signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a twoyear contract extension worth $10 million, keeping the Vezina Trophy winner under contract through 2020-21.
General Manager David Poile announced the extension on Rinne’s 36th birthday, a couple of hours before the Predators hosted the Boston Bruins.