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                ***** National Hockey League Game Capsules *****
                             (Saturday, December 27)
 
                  Final Score: Buffalo 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)
 
 Buffalo,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Nicolas Deslauriers, Zemgus Girgensons and
 Chris Stewart scored in the third period to pull Buffalo out of a 3-0 hole and
 the  Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win over the
 New  York  Islanders  on  Saturday  night.  Buffalo's  goals,  highlighted  by
 Girgensons'  short-handed tally, came in a span of 5:12 in the period. Stewart
 tied  the score  with 8:09 remaining. Jhonas  Enroth made 33 saves in the win,
 including  17 after  the second period, then stopped two shots in the shootout
 after  the first  Islanders skater fired wide. He improved to 5-0 in shootouts
 this  season.  The  Islanders  placed goaltender  Jaroslav  Halak  on  injured
 reserve Saturday with  a lower-body  injury and recalled Kevin Poulin from the
 AHL's  Bridgeport  Sound Tigers to  make his first  appearance in the NHL this
 season.  Poulin  made 17  saves in  the first two  periods, then allowed three
 goals  on six  shots in the third. John  Tavares had two goals in the loss and
 Nick Leddy scored one. Tavares made one  too many moves  as the last skater in
 the shootout and Enroth stopped him with his right pad.
 
 
                        Final Score: Detroit 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
 
 Ottawa,  ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Gustav Nyquist finished off a dominant shift
 with the game-winning goal late in overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a
 3-2  victory  over the Ottawa Senators  on Saturday. Nyquist cycled around the
 offensive  with  excellent puck  protection  for  28  seconds and  beat  Craig
 Anderson  with a wrist  shot from the left circle with 48 seconds remaining in
 the  extra session  to give Detroit the  win. Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and
 an  assist, Justin  Abdelkader also  scored and  Niklas Kronwall  supplied two
 helpers  for the  Red Wings,  who have  won  two straight  on the  heels of  a
 six-game  losing streak. Jimmy Howard turned aside 31 shots in his return from
 a  groin  injury. Mike  Hoffman  and  Clarke  MacArthur  each scored  for  the
 Senators, who have lost three in a row. Anderson made 24 stops in defeat.
 
 
                      Final Score: Tampa Bay 2, Carolina 1
 
 Tampa,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Make  if 5-for-5  for Ben Bishop against the
 Hurricanes. Bishop  stopped  25 shots  and the  Tampa Bay Lightning  got goals
 from  Nikita Kucherov  and Alex  Killorn  in a  2-1 victory  over Carolina  on
 Saturday. Bishop  has  five wins  in as many  career starts against  Carolina.
 He took a shutout  into the  third period until Andrej  Sekera lit the lamp on
 a wrister from just inside the blue line with 5:56 remaining. Cam Ward made 36
 saves  for the Hurricanes,  who lost for the third time in four contests. They
 lost at Tampa Bay by the same score Dec. 11.
 
 
                    Final Score: NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 1
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  Derek Stepan registered his third career
 hat  trick as  the red-hot New York  Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 at
 Madison  Square  Garden. Stepan had  a short-handed and power-play goal before
 sealing  the  Rangers' season-high eighth  straight victory by scoring into an
 empty  net with 55 seconds left in the game. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19-of-20
 shots  in his  600th  career game.  Cory  Schneider made  25  saves and  Steve
 Bernier  scored  for the Devils, who  played their first game since head coach
 Peter  DeBoer  was fired on  Friday. New  Jersey president and general manager
 Lou  Lamoriello  announced before  Saturday's  game  that  he will  go  behind
 the  bench  with Adam Oates and  Scott Stevens. Oates will handle the forwards
 and  Stevens will  oversee the defense. The Devils have dropped three straight
 and eight of nine overall.
 
 
                       Final Score: Columbus 6, Boston 2
 
 Columbus,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Hartnell tallied twice in his return
 from  injury, while  Kevin Connauton added a goal and two assists, as Columbus
 used  a strong second  period to claim a 6-2 victory over Boston at Nationwide
 Arena.  Nick Foligno,  Matt Calvert  and Jeremy  Morin also  lit the  lamp for
 the  Blue Jackets,  who  improved to  9-1-1  in the  month  of December.  Jack
 Johnson  and Brandon Dubinsky  each chipped in a pair of helpers to back a 26-
 save  effort from  Curtis McElhinney.  Patrice Bergeron  and Craig  Cunningham
 scored  for  the Bruins,  who had  taken three  of their  last four coming in.
 Niklas Svedberg  and Tuukka  Rask both allowed three goals on 15 shots.
 
 
                      Final Score: Winnipeg 4, Minnesota 3 (OT)
 
 St.  Paul, MN  (SportsNetwork.com) -  After a  back-and-forth third  period, a
 fortunate  bounce  helped Winnipeg top  Minnesota 4-3 in overtime on Saturday.
 Andrew  Ladd's shot went  way over the net, but the puck caromed off the glass
 into  the  crease. Minnesota goalie John  Curry backed up looking for the puck
 and  knocked  it into the  net to  end the game.  The Jets also received goals
 from  Bryan Little, Adam  Lowry and Blake Wheeler to win their fourth game out
 of  their last  five. Michael  Hutchinson made  22 saves  on 25  shots in  the
 victory.  Curry stopped  19-of-23  shots  in goal  for  Minnesota after  Darcy
 Kuemper  was ruled  out with  an illness.  Goals from  Mikael Granlund,  Jason
 Pominville and Thomas Vanek were not enough to keep the Wild from losing their
 fifth  straight  game. The  two teams  will conclude  the home-and-home set in
 Winnipeg on Monday.
 
 
                    Final Score: Washington 3, Pittsburgh 0
 
 Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Fehr scored twice and the Washington
 Capitals  blanked  the Pittsburgh Penguins,  3-0, on Saturday. Fehr opened the
 scoring  with a  goal late  in the  first period  and put  the game  away with
 Washington's  third marker  midway through  the third.  Marcus Johansson  also
 scored  for  the Capitals, winners  in four of  five. Braden Holtby posted his
 third  shutout of  the season and second  in the last four games, stopping all
 31 shots he faced. Marc-Andre  Fleury made 31 saves for Pittsburgh, which lost
 its third straight game.
 
 
                       Final Score: Dallas 4, St. Louis 3
 
 St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) - Defensemen Trevor Daley and Jason Demers
 scored power-play goals in the second period as the Dallas Stars edged the St.
 Louis  Blues  4-3 at Scottrade  Center. Travis Moen  and Ryan Garbutt both had
 first-period  goals  for Dallas,  which has  won six of  its last eight games.
 Kari  Lehtonen made  30  saves in  the  Stars' first  victory  over a  Central
 Division  opponent this  season (1-7-3).  Vladimir Tarasenko  netted his  21st
 goal  of  the  season  for  the Blues,  who  suffered  their  fourth  straight
 loss.  David  Backes and Alex Pietrangelo  also scored, and Jake Allen stopped
 20-of-24 shots.
 
 
                    Final Score: Nashville 4, Philadelphia 1
 
 Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots and Nashville
 pumped home three power-play goals to fuel a 4-1 decision over Philadelphia at
 Bridgestone  Arena. Colin  Wilson scored  twice  and Filip  Forsberg and  Mike
 Fisher  once each  for thePredators,  who have  won six  of their  last eight.
 Roman  Josi  contributed  two  assists  to the  winning  side.  Claude  Giroux
 provided the sole offense for the Flyers, who had won the first three  outings
 on  their  current eight-game road trip.  Ray Emery surrendered three goals on
 37 shots in defeat.
 
 
                     Final Score: Arizona 2, Anaheim 1 (SO)
 
 Glendale,  AZ  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Captains are expected  to produce in big
 situations,  but this  seemed  out of  Shane Doan's  control.  Doan broke  his
 stick,  but was  the only  skater to  score in  a four-round  shootout as  the
 Arizona   Coyotes   beat   the   Anaheim  Ducks   2-1   on   Saturday   night,
 knocking  off the NHL's  top team in a goofy ending. The blade of Doan's stick
 snapped  off as  he fired a shot at  Frederik Andersen, who got a piece of the
 splintered  wood with  his shoulder but whiffed  on the puck as it trickled --
 tamely -- past his left pad and inside the goal post.
 
 
                       Final Score: Chicago 5, Colorado 2
 
 Denver,  CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Kane tallied two goals and an assist
 as  the Chicago  Blackhawks defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2, on Saturday.
 Brandon  Saad, Brent  Seabrook and Patrick Sharp all scored and Jonathan Toews
 supplied  two assists for  the Blackhawks, who bounced back from a 5-1 loss to
 Winnipeg  on  Tuesday. Corey  Crawford  turned  aside 23-of-25  shots.  Nathan
 MacKinnon  and Erik  Johnson each lit the lamp and Calvin Pickard allowed four
 goals  on 32 shots for the Avalanche, who had a three-game winning streak come
 to an end.
 
 
                       Final Score: Calgary 4, Edmonton 1
 
 Calgary,  AB  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Johnny Gaudreau remained red-hot, scoring
 twice  as the  Calgary Flames opened a  six-game homestand with a 4-1 win over
 the  lowly Edmonton  Oilers on Saturday night. Gaudreau's two goals came after
 he got his first career hat trick in Calgary's last  game, a  4-3 overtime win
 at  Los Angeles  on Monday.  He has  six goals  in the  last three  games. Joe
 Colborne  and Curtis  Glencross  also  scored for  the  Flames,  who have  won
 twice this week on the heels of an eight-game losing streak. Jonas Hiller made
 26 saves in the win. The NHL-worst Oilers have  lost nine in a row (0-7-2) and
 20  of their last 21 (1-14-6). Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored their only goal 4:23
 into the third period.
 
 
                     Final Score: Los Angeles 3, San Jose 1
 
 Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anze Kopitar finished with a goal and an
 assist  to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the in-state rival
 San  Jose  Sharks on Saturday.  Tyler Toffoli and  Jake Muzzin also scored and
 Jonathan  Quick made 21  saves for the Kings, who have won three of their last
 four games. Joe  Pavelski netted San  Jose's lone goal and Antti Niemi stopped
 26  shots  in defeat.  The Sharks  entered the  game 9-1-1  over their last 11
 contests.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 12/28 00:53:57 ET

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