Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Penguins rally to run win streak to 11 games

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Penguins are rolling so well without Evgeni Malkin, the star center might have trouble cracking the lineup once he is healthy enough to play.

"I think he should be all right," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said Friday after Pittsburgh beat the Islanders 4-2 to extend its winning streak to 11 games. Malkin has missed seven of those victories because of an undisclosed injury.

Tomas Vokoun made 33 saves, and Brandon Sutter snapped a tie early in the third period. Vokoun allowed only one goal in the first when the Penguins were outshot 14-3.

"It could've been three, four," Crosby said. "Vokie kind of weathered that storm, and we were able to get back into it."

Game highlights: Nick Foligno scored twice in a club-record 51 seconds and the host Blue Jackets scored three goals in a 1:15 span of the second to beat the Flames 5-1 and extend their franchise-record points streak to 12 games. "If you would have asked anybody in the hockey world they probably never would have imagined this," coach Todd Richards said after his team, last with a 5-12-3 record on Feb. 24, improved to 8-0-4 since. … Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby made 30 saves as the Capitals beat the host Jets 6-1 and moved ahead of the Lightning for third in the Southeast Division.

Around the league: Canucks winger David Booth had surgery for a leg injury suffered last week and will miss the rest of the regular season.

at Islanders1102

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Streit 5 (Carkner, Nielsen), 7:46. PenaltiesAdams, Pit, major (fighting), 3:31; M.Martin, NYI, major (fighting), 3:31; M.Martin, NYI (holding), 19:04.

Second Period2, Pittsburgh, Vitale 2 (Adams), 8:11. 3, N.Y. Islanders, Bailey 4 (Tavares, Hamonic), 17:18. 4, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 19 (Crosby, Pa.Dupuis), 19:46. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period5, Pittsburgh, Sutter 9 (Cooke, Neal), 1:46. 6, Pittsburgh, Pa.Dupuis 15 (Crosby, Vokoun), 19:59 (en). PenaltiesPa.Dupuis, Pit (hooking), 12:27; Bailey, NYI (interference), 14:08; Orpik, Pit (hooking), 16:39. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 3-14-8—25. N.Y. Islanders 14-14-7—35. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 0 of 2; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 2. GoaliesPittsburgh, Vokoun 8-3-0 (35 shots-33 saves). N.Y. Isl, Nabokov 13-10-3 (24-21). A14,888.

at Jets0011

First Period1, Washington, Laich 1 (Ribeiro), 12:10. 2, Washington, Brouwer 12 (Ribeiro, Oleksy), 16:05. PenaltiesLaich, Was (slashing), 4:12; Alzner, Was (roughing), 4:12; Wheeler, Wpg (roughing), 4:12; Oleksy, Was (holding), 8:09; Perreault, Was (slashing), 19:38.

Second Period3, Washington, Beagle 2 (Ward, Hendricks), 5:50. 4, Washington, Ovechkin 14 (Johansson, Alzner), 7:35. PenaltiesLaich, Was (high-sticking), 15:13; Kane, Wpg (roughing), 19:05.

Third Period5, Washington, Green 3 (Orlov, Johansson), 1:51. 6, Winnipeg, Byfuglien 5 (Clitsome, Ladd), 9:51. 7, Washington, Ovechkin 15 (Carlson, Backstrom), 15:57 (pp). PenaltiesThorburn, Wpg (tripping), 4:31; Clitsome, Wpg (slashing), 13:04; Wheeler, Wpg (tripping), 15:09; Beagle, Was (goaltender interference), 16:38. Shots on GoalWas. 7-9-8—24. Win. 10-12-9—31. Power-play opps.Was. 1 of 4; Win. 0 of 5. GoaliesWas., Holtby 12-10-0 (31 shots-30 saves). Win., Pavelec 13-14-2 (9-6), Montoya (5:50 second, 15-12). A15,004.

at Blue Jackets1315

First Period1, Columbus, Boll 2 (Gillies, MacKenzie), 16:56. PenaltiesJackman, Cal (tripping), 2:15; Brassard, Clm (hooking), 18:28.

Second Period2, Calgary, Glencross 13 (Stajan, Stempniak), 4:24. 3, Columbus, Foligno 4 (Umberger, Nikitin), 13:05. 4, Columbus, Foligno 5 (Umberger, Tyutin), 13:56. 5, Columbus, Anisimov 7, 14:20. PenaltiesMcGrattan, Cal (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:36; Giordano, Cal (roughing), 20:00.

Third Period6, Columbus, Gillies 1 (Johnson, MacKenzie), 13:14. PenaltiesSarich, Cal (tripping), 4:27; MacKenzie, Clm (tripping), 18:38. Shots on GoalCal. 6-11-8—25. Col. 7-13-8—28. Power-play opps.Cal. 0 of 2; Col. 0 of 4. GoaliesCal., Kiprusoff 5-7-2 (28 shots-23 saves). Col., Bobrovsky 11-6-5 (25-24). A13,853.

Andrei Vasilevskiy returns to MVP form for Lightning

Andrei Vasilevskiy returns to MVP form for Lightning

Nobody in the Lightning dressing room was worried about goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.Sure, Vasilevskiy had allowed 23 goals in his last five starts, with just one win. It was his first tough stretch in his first full season as No. 1, even though it ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Q&A: Ex-Bucs RB Warrick Dunn on Brooks, Winston, Ring of Honor

Q&A: Ex-Bucs RB Warrick Dunn on Brooks, Winston, Ring of Honor

Former Bucs running back Warrick Dunn will be reunited with Derrick Brooks — his teammate both at Florida State and with the Bucs — when they work together Sunday as "Legends" captains for the NFC squad in Sunday's Pro Bowl in Orlando."Wh...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Oh Gahd, the Patriots are back in the Super Bowl! Don’t worry, lots of new story lines for LII vs. E-A-G-L-E-S

Oh Gahd, the Patriots are back in the Super Bowl! Don’t worry, lots of new story lines for LII vs. E-A-G-L-E-S

TAMPA – Unless you are a Chowd who drives the cah wicked fah and pahks in the yahd, you probably aren't all that jacked up about the Patriots returning to Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis. Anybody but Bill Belichick...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Turns out, Andrei Vasilevskiy is all right.And, believe it or not, so is the Lightning’s penalty kill, which was the unlikely hero in Monday’s streak-snapping 2-0 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center.Vasilevskiy, 23, played like the...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Lightning angered by slash that has Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks

Lightning angered by slash that has Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks

CHICAGO — The Lightning got more bad news Monday with wing Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks with a lower-body injury. It’s a big blow to a struggling Tampa Bay team, which is now without its top defense­man (Victor Hedman) and now arguably its best defensi...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Bucks fire Kidd in midst of slump

MILWAUKEE — The Bucks fired coach Jason Kidd on Monday amid a midseason slide that has left the playoff hopeful in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. It was a surprising end to Kidd’s three-plus season tenure in Milwaukee, when the Bucks made th...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Mrazek strong in goal again as Red Wings blank Devils

NEWARK, N.J. — Petr Mrazek had 37 saves in posting his second straight shutout and third of the season as the Red Wings beat the slumping Devils 3-0 on Monday night. Tyler Bertuzzi, David Booth and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballArkansas at Georgia6:30 p.m.SECProvidence at Villanova6:30 p.m.FS1Kansas at Oklahoma7 p.m.ESPNWisconsin at Iowa7 p.m.ESPN2Oklahoma State at Texas Tech7 p.m.ESPNewsVanderbilt at Tennessee7 p.m.ESPNUDavidson at Dayton7 p.m.CBSSNW...
Updated: 11 hours ago

MELBOURNE, Australia — Back-to-back shockers resulted in a most unexpected Australian Open men’s quarterfinal. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic and fifth-ranked Dominic Thiem lost within a few hours Monday, leaving Hyeon Chung and Tennys Sandgren pla...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Blackhawks

Matt Peca and Michael Bournival likely won’t be the last callups by the Lightning the next month or so. There are plenty of other deserving candidates at AHL Syracuse, with Adam Erne likely getting a shot had he not been injured. With Ondrej Palat ou...
Updated: 11 hours ago