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National Hockey League Game Capsules(Sunday, March 16th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Penguins may be missing four regulars, but they're still leading the Metropolitan Division by a healthy margin. Nonetheless, Philadelphia nipped Pittsburgh by a 4-3 margin to sweep the home-and-home set which concluded on Sunday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center. Wayne Simmonds pumped home a pair of first-period power-play goals and added an assist for the Flyers, who chased Marc-Andre Fleury with three goals in the game's first 14 minutes. Brayden Schenn tallied at even strength, Matt Read added a short-handed marker and Claude Giroux contributed a pair of assists in his 400th NHL game. Steve Mason came up with 20 saves to earn his 28th win of the season. Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Jayson Megna scored for the Penguins, who were outscored by an 8-3 count over the weekend thanks to missing defensemen Kris Letang and Paul Martin, along with forwards Chris Kunitz and James Neal. Jeff Zatkoff took the loss, after allowing Read's goal on 20 shots faced. Fleury had surrendered three scores on 15 shots before departing.
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Florida 3 (SO)
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Roberto Luongo made 31 total saves against his former team. He needed at least 32. Nicklas Jensen beat Luongo once in regulation and again in a shootout as the Vancouver Canucks edged Luongo's Florida Panthers 4-3 Sunday in the goalie's first game against his former mates since he was dealt on March 4. Dan Hamhuis and Alexandre Burrows also scored in regulation for the Canucks, who got just their third win in nine games (3-5-1). Jensen had the only goal of the shootout after Jimmy Hayes scored his second goal to tie the game for Florida with 1:35 left in regulation. Jensen's shot hit the post, then trickled in after going off Luongo's back. Eddie Lack made three stops in the shootout and had 26 saves in the game as Vancouver improved to 3-12-1 in its last 16 road games. Luongo was acquired by the Panthers along with forward Steven Anthony on March 4 in exchange for goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias. He became the all-time wins leader in Panthers history in his first five-season stint with the team before he was traded to Vancouver in 2006. He had 29 saves in regulation and Vincent Trocheck had the other Canucks goal.
Final Score: Washington 4, Toronto 2
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Troy Brouwer picked up a pair of goals to lead Washington past Toronto, 4-2, at Verizon Center. Joel Ward contributed a goal and assist, with Jason Chimera tallying and Karl Alzner adding two assists for the Capitals, winners of two in a row after dropping five of six. Jaroslav Halak was solid in net, making 27 saves. Dion Phaneuf and Troy Bodie lit the lamp for the Maple Leafs, who lost for the second time in their last six. James Reimer stopped 29 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Edmonton 2, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Schultz scored a tiebreaking power- play goal in the third period and the Edmonton Oilers edged the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1. The Oilers ended a four-game road trip on a positive note while dealing another blow to the Hurricanes' fading playoff hopes. Ben Scrivens made 29 saves for Edmonton, which went 2-1-1 on its trek. Anton Khudobin turned aside 31 shots for the Hurricanes, who have lost nine of 12 to slide down the Eastern Conference standings.
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