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National Hockey League Game Capsules(Tuesday, December 10th)
Final Score: Buffalo 2, Ottawa 1 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Zemgus Girgensons scored in the 10th round of the shootout to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Girgensons, the 19th shooter, beat Robin Lehner with a backhand and Ryan Miller stoned Erik Condra on the ensuing attempt to seal the win. Girgensons scored a goal in regulation and Miller made 35 saves for the Sabres, who won for only the second time in their last 10 games. Milan Michalek lit the lamp for the Senators, who have had their last three games decided by shootout, losing two.
Final Score: Washington 6, Tampa Bay 5 (SO)
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin's fourth goal of the night tied the game with 32.4 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Washington Capitals ultimately prevailed in a shootout to post a thrilling 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Verizon Center. Ovechkin's efforts, along with a one-goal, four-assist performance from Nicklas Backstrom, enabled the Capitals to overcome an early 3-0 deficit and notch their third consecutive victory and fifth in six outings. Philipp Grubauer aided Washington's cause by stopping 32-of-34 shots after relieving an ineffective Braden Holtby, who let up three Tampa Bay goals on just eight chances before being pulled just after the 11-minute mark. The Lightning were dealt a sixth straight road defeat despite Martin St. Louis and Tyler Johnson recording a goal and two assists each. Ondrej Palat had a goal and one assist in the loss, with Ben Bishop recording 26 saves for Tampa Bay.
Final Score: Columbus 5, New Jersey 4
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Foligno's right skate was in the right place. Foligno was credited with the game-winning goal when Ryan Johansen's pass went in off his skate with 91 seconds remaining, lifting the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Cam Atkinson had two goals and two assists and Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves for the Blue Jackets, who extended their home winning streak to four games. Brandon Dubinsky also collected four points with a goal and three assists and Matt Calvert scored for Columbus. Damien Brunner had two goals and Travis Zajac and Michael Ryder also scored for the Devils, who fell to 3-6-1 in their last 10. Martin Brodeur allowed five goals on just 23 shots.
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Montreal 0
Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Martin Jones recorded his second consecutive shutout and six different players lit the lamp as Los Angeles pulled off a milestone 6-0 victory against the Canadiens at Bell Centre. Jones, in only his third NHL start, continued his shutout streak which began in earnest with a 16-save, 3-0 whitewash of the Islanders on Saturday. On Tuesday, he stopped 30 pucks, including a 17-shot barrage in the opening 20 minutes. Jordan Nolan, Anze Kopitar, Alec Martinez, Tyler Toffoli, Jake Muzzin and Justin Williams scored for the Kings, who kicked off their four-game road swing with their ninth win in Montreal over 46 seasons. LA had dropped five in a row in Quebec's largest city since a 4-2 decision on Dec. 11, 1999. Carey Price was chased after yielding four goals on 16 shots in almost 25 1/2 minutes. Peter Budaj ended the contest with 12 stops for the Canadiens, whose five-game win streak came to a screeching halt.
Final Score: Florida 3, Detroit 2 (SO)
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Boyes potted the game-winner in the shootout to lift the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Sean Bergenheim and Nick Bjugstad added a pair of third period goals for the Panthers, winners in three of their last four games. Tim Thomas made 24 saves in the triumph. Todd Bertuzzi and Pavel Datsyuk both lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who have dropped three of four.
Final Score: Nashville 4, NY Rangers 1
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - In the midst of their longest homestand in franchise history, the New York Rangers likely can't wait to hit the road again. Behind a goal and two assists from Paul Gaustad and a 28-save effort from Carter Hutton, the Nashville Predators dealt the Rangers their fourth straight loss at Madison Square Garden via a 4-1 decision. Rich Clune and Matt Hendricks each scored once and assisted on another to help the Predators halt a season-high five-game skid, with David Legwand contributing a pair of helpers to the victory. The Rangers fell to 0-2-1 on their nine-game residency and now have their longest home losing streak since a four-game slide from Feb. 20-Mar. 3, 2011. Rick Nash accounted for the lone New York goal, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22-of-25 shots on the evening.
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Winnipeg 1
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Shattenkirk's power-play marker with 3:02 left in regulation was the winner, as St. Louis clipped Winnipeg, 2-1, at MTS Centre. Alex Steen also lit the lamp and Brian Elliott stopped 20 shots for the Blues, who reached the 20-win plateau by taking their seventh victory in the last 10 outings. Bryan Little scored and Ondrej Pavelec made 18 saves for the Jets, who have dropped three of their last five.
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