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Penguins lose in coach's debut

PITTSBURGH — T.J. Oshie scored twice and added an assist as the Capitals spoiled Mike Sullivan's head coaching debut for the Penguins in a 4-1 win on Monday night.

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists for Washington, the Metropolitan Division leader. Braden Holtby stopped 44 of Pittsburgh's season-high 45 shots.

Mike Johnston was fired on Saturday with the Penguins off to a sluggish start.

Around the league: The Rangers put veteran forward Jarret Stoll on waivers and Anaheim waived goalie Anton Khudobin. Also, Ducks forward Nate Thompson, a former Lightning player, was suspended three games without pay for an illegal check to the head of Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk last week.

Obituary: Former North Stars and University of Minnesota coach Glen Sonmor, who led the NHL team to the 1981 Stanley Cup final, died Monday at age 86. Mr. Sonmor died at a nursing home in Canada after battling Alzheimer's disease, former North Stars general manager Lou Nanne said.

Capitals 2 0 2 4
at Penguins 1 0 0 1

First1, Washington, Backstrom 10 (Oshie, Alzner), 3:53. 2, Washington, Carlson 5 (Chimera, Beagle), 7:04. 3, Pittsburgh, Malkin 14 (Lovejoy, Kessel), 13:59. PenaltiesOshie, Was (interference), 16:04; Dumoulin, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:56.

SecondNone. PenaltiesCole, Pit (holding), 7:53; Chorney, Was, major (fighting), 17:25; Bonino, Pit, major (fighting), 17:25.

Third4, Washington, Oshie 9 (Backstrom), 8:50. 5, Washington, Oshie 10 (Backstrom, Carlson), 19:11 (pp). PenaltiesLaich, Was (hooking), 6:28; Maatta, Pit (hooking), 17:50; Malkin, Pit (tripping), 18:37. ShotsWashington 10-14-10—34. Pittsburgh 15-16-14—45. Power playsWashington 1 of 4; Pittsburgh 0 of 2. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 19-4-1 (45 shots-44 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 13-10-2 (34-30).

at Senators 0 4 1 5
Kings 1 1 1 3

First1, Los Angeles, McBain 2 (Carter, Lucic), 14:21. PenaltiesLos Angeles bench, served by Mersch (too many men), 5:10; Kopitar, LA (tripping), 14:41.

Second2, Ottawa, Hoffman 16 (Zibanejad), 2:29. 3, Ottawa, Turris 13 (Karlsson, Stone), 3:58. 4, Ottawa, Karlsson 7 (Zibanejad), 6:03. 5, Ottawa, Hoffman 17 (Lazar), 14:34. 6, Los Angeles, Toffoli 12 (Martinez, Quick), 17:47 (pp). PenaltiesWiercioch, Ott (tripping), 8:07; Wiercioch, Ott (hooking), 17:20; Gaborik, LA (tripping), 18:28.

Third7, Los Angeles, Muzzin 4 (Lucic, Kopitar), 10:00. 8, Ottawa, Zibanejad 5 (Ryan, Hoffman), 12:11. PenaltiesLazar, Ott (tripping), 4:40; Doughty, LA (slashing), 19:05. ShotsLos Angeles 10-12-14—36. Ottawa 6-8-7—21. Power playsLos Angeles 1 of 3; Ottawa 0 of 4. GoaliesLos Angeles, Quick 16-8-1 (21 shots-16 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 14-9-3 (36-33).

Sabres 0 0 2 2
at Red Wings 0 1 0 1

FirstNone. PenaltiesZetterberg, Det (hooking), 3:30; Gorges, Buf (hooking), 8:44; Smith, Det (high-sticking), 19:59.

Second1, Detroit, Richards 2 (Datsyuk, Helm), 4:01. PenaltiesTatar, Det (holding), 18:29.

Third2, Buffalo, R.O'Reilly 11 (Reinhart, Ristolainen), 15:46. 3, Buffalo, Larsson 1 (Weber), 16:47. PenaltiesR.O'Reilly, Buf (slashing), 6:24. Missed Penalty ShotJurco, Det, 14:56 second. ShotsBuffalo 9-9-12—30. Detroit 6-13-13—32. Power playsBuffalo 0 of 3; Detroit 0 of 2. GoaliesBuffalo, Johnson 8-9-1 (32 shots-31 saves). Detroit, Mrazek 9-5-3 (30-28).

Oilers 2 0 0 1 3
at Bruins 0 1 1 0 2

First1, Edmonton, Eberle 7 (Gryba, Davidson), 8:29. 2, Edmonton, Nugent-Hopkins 8 (Eberle, Nikitin), 13:58. PenaltiesHendricks, Edm, major (fighting), 3:21; Rinaldo, Bos, major (fighting), 3:21; Nurse, Edm (tripping), 4:47; McQuaid, Bos (hooking), 15:33; Hall, Edm (boarding), 15:58; Seidenberg, Bos (holding), 19:21.

Second3, Boston, Beleskey 4 (Krejci, Chara), 13:29. PenaltiesLetestu, Edm (tripping), 19:50.

Third4, Boston, Marchand 15 (Ferraro, Bergeron), 15:22. PenaltiesMarchand, Bos (hooking), 2:23.

Overtime5, Edmonton, Sekera 3 (Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins), :41. PenaltiesNone. ShotsEdmonton 12-3-7-2—24. Boston 11-18-20-0—49. Power playsEdmonton 0 of 3; Boston 0 of 3. GoaliesEdmonton, C.Talbot 4-8-1 (49 shots-47 saves). Boston, Gustavsson 5-2-1 (24-21).

Penguins lose in coach's debut 12/14/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2015 10:42pm]
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