Wacky win for Penguins

Devils 0 0 3 3
at Islanders 0 0 0 0
WASHINGTON — It was a game of disputed deflections and odd bounces, with the strangest carom of all coming on a dump-in that hit a stanchion along the glass and went into a net deserted by a befuddled goalie.

The Penguins weren't fazed by that bit of misfortune that tied the score in the second period, just as Capitals couldn't take advantage of their stroke of luck. The third annual Super Bowl warmup between the rivals soon turned into a rout, with Chris Kunitz getting a hat trick in Pittsburgh's 6-3 victory.

"I really like our team responding to that bad bounce that happened on the wall," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "Now (the score is) 2-2, and our team responded well with the penalty kill and getting some goals."

Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Matt Cooke also scored, Sidney Crosby had three assists and Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves against his former team for the Penguins, who have won three straight and four of five.

In a game that reflected both teams' fortunes so far in the shortened season, the Penguins had the luxury of spending the postgame talking about who should have received credit for their goals.

Kunitz thought he scored four instead of three, saying he got his stick on the puck to redirect Martin's shot from the point in the first period. Cooke was given a redirect goal on a shot from Deryk Engelland that seemed instead to hit Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz.

"I didn't know they took the other one away from me," Kunitz said. "(But) no one really cares around here. … We're worried about the two points."

Then came the bizarre 80-footer from Capitals defenseman John Carlson, a dump-in Vokoun retreated behind the net to intercept. Vokoun then tripped trying to get back to the crease when he saw the puck changes direction along the glass.

The Penguins then had to kill a penalty, but 2:53 after the fluke goal, they took the lead for good when Letang and Kunitz beat Braden Holtby glove side 37 seconds apart.

game highlights: The Devils scored all their goals in the last 3:54 in a 3-0 win over the host Islanders. Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his 22nd career shutout.

around the league: The Blues are without half of their goaltending tandem after placing Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve with a groin injury sustained against the Red Wings on Friday. He is out at least a week.

Penguins 2 3 1 6
at Capitals 1 1 1 3

First Period1, Pittsburgh, Martin 2 (Crosby), 3:37. 2, Wash, Green 2 (Wolski, Ribeiro), 5:05. 3, Pittsburgh, Cooke 1 (Engelland, Bortuzzo), 8:20. PenaltiesNone.

Second Period4, Wash, Carlson 1 (Backstrom), 4:03. 5, Pittsburgh, Letang 3 (Sutter, Cooke), 6:56. 6, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 3 (Crosby, Malkin), 7:33. 7, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 4 (Malkin, Neal), 13:59 (pp). PenaltiesBoychuk, Pit (boarding), 4:15; Despres, Pit (high-sticking), 11:39; Wolski, Was (tripping), 13:10.

Third Period8, Wash, Ribeiro 2 (Brouwer, Ovechkin), 3:33 (pp). 9, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 5 (Crosby, Letang), 19:52 (pp). PenaltiesDespres, Pit (delay of game), 2:08; Bortuzzo, Pit (high-sticking), 13:48; Ovechkin, Was (roughing), 18:28; Carlson, Was (holding), 18:28. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 9-9-8—26. Wash 9-4-11—24. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 2 of 3; Wash 1 of 4. GoaliesPittsburgh, Vokoun 3-1-0 (24 shots-21 saves). Wash, Holtby 1-3-0 (26-20).

Devils 0 0 3 3
at Islanders 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesCizikas, NYI (interference), 1:59; Greene, NJ (tripping), 3:29; Zubrus, NJ, double minor (high-sticking), 5:55; Moulson, NYI (tripping), 6:38; Zajac, NJ (interference), 13:01.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesBarch, NJ, served by Bernier, minor-major (instigator, fighting), 2:46; Carkner, NYI, major (fighting), 2:46; Larsson, NJ (interference), 8:18; Volchenkov, NJ (hooking), 16:41.

Third Period1, New Jersey, Bernier 2 (Henrique, Greene), 16:06 (pp). 2, New Jersey, Bernier 3 (Carter, Gionta), 17:16. 3, New Jersey, Clarkson 5 (Greene), 19:38 (en). PenaltiesMacDonald, NYI (holding stick), 7:32; Henrique, NJ (roughing), 9:36; Hamonic, NYI (roughing), 9:36; Strait, NYI (charging), 14:17. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 7-7-13—27. N.Y. Islanders 10-7-5—22. Power-play opportunitiesNew Jersey 1 of 3; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 7. GoaliesNew Jersey, Hedberg 1-0-1 (22 shots-22 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 4-2-1 (26-24).

Panthers 1 2 1 4
at Sabres 2 1 0 3

First Period1, Buffalo, Vanek 8 (Pominville, Hodgson), 2:46. 2, Florida, Matthias 1 (Smithson), 8:36. 3, Buffalo, Hodgson 5 (Vanek), 13:41. PenaltiesStrachan, Fla, major (fighting), 8:44; McCormick, Buf, major (fighting), 8:44.

Second Period4, Buffalo, Sulzer 2 (Vanek, Hodgson), 3:49. 5, Florida, Parros 1 (Weiss), 10:21. 6, Florida, Mueller 4 (Shore, Kopecky), 19:06. PenaltiesParros, Fla, major (fighting), 3:25; Scott, Buf, major (fighting), 3:25; Kulikov, Fla (tripping), 6:40.

Third Period7, Florida, Campbell 4 (Kopecky, Huberdeau), 9:27 (pp). PenaltiesEhrhoff, Buf (hooking), 7:51; Foligno, Buf (slashing), 17:20; Ehrhoff, Buf (hooking), 20:00. Shots on GoalFlorida 11-9-13—33. Buffalo 10-6-4—20. Power-play opportunitiesFlorida 1 of 2; Buffalo 0 of 1. GoaliesFlorida, Theodore 3-4-0 (20 shots-17 saves). Buffalo, Miller 3-4-1 (33-29).

at Canadiens 2 0 0 2
Senators 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Ottawa, Silfverberg 2 (Wiercioch, Turris), 1:38 (pp). 2, Montreal, Desharnais 3 (Pacioretty), 2:13. 3, Montreal, Cole 2 (Bouillon, Subban), 11:29. PenaltiesPlekanec, Mon (goaltender interference), :24; Alfredsson, Ott (tripping), 9:26; Turris, Ott (interference), 11:51.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesGorges, Mon (boarding), 4:37; Karlsson, Ott (high-sticking), 5:50; Eller, Mon (roughing), 15:06; Condra, Ott (tripping), 17:38; Bouillon, Mon (diving), 17:38; Turris, Ott (hooking), 18:18.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesSilfverberg, Ott (goalie interference), 1:26. ShotsOttawa 6-16-11—33. Montreal 12-13-7—32. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 1 of 3; Montreal 0 of 5. GoaliesOttawa, Anderson 5-2-1 (32 shots-30 saves). Montreal, Price 6-1-0 (33-32).

Wacky win for Penguins 02/03/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 3, 2013 7:02pm]

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