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National Hockey League Game Capsules(Friday, December 20th)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Palmieri potted the game-winner 2:37 into overtime, as the Anaheim Ducks downed the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, on Friday at Prudential Center. On the decisive play, Palmieri sliced through the right circle while holding off a defender before dipping below the goal line, working around the net, and stuffing in a wraparound from the low left side to send Anaheim to victory. Palmieri, Cam Fowler and Mathieu Perreault each registered a goal and an assist, while Jonas Hiller stopped 19 shots for the Ducks, who matched their longest win streak of the season with their seventh straight triumph. Andy Greene and Michael Ryder scored a goal apiece, while Cory Schneider allowed all three goals on 24 shots for the Devils, who had won two straight.
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, NY Rangers 3
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Grabner broke out of a scoring slump with a pair of goals to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-3 decision over the New York Rangers in a matchup of slumping rivals from Madison Square Garden. Grabner, who hadn't tallied in 31 straight games since a two-goal effort in the season opener, and Cal Clutterbuck netted short-handed markers in the first period, while Thomas Vanek snapped a 3-3 tie with a power-play score 1:18 into the third. Brian Strait added a goal and Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves to help the Islanders notch only their second win in 15 games, with the club entering Manhattan on a woeful 1-9-4 stretch. Henrik Lundqvist stopped only 15-of-19 shots for the Rangers, who fell to 1-4-2 on their franchise-record nine-game homestand. Benoit Pouliot and Derek Stepan both connected on the power play in the loss, with Derek Dorsett also lighting the lamp for the Blueshirts.
Final Score: Washington 4, Carolina 2
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal late in the third period, and the Washington Capitals rode a sizzling power play to beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, at PNC Arena. Ovechkin hit an empty net with 25 seconds remaining, sealing the win with his NHL-leading 29th goal of the season. Nicklas Backstrom collected four assists for the Capitals, who got a 39-save performance from Philipp Grubauer. Cam Ward stopped 25 shots for Carolina, which failed to produce an equalizer despite a pair of third-period power plays.
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Chicago 2 (SO)
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Daniel Sedin tied the game in the third period and Ryan Kesler scored the decisive goal in the eighth round of the shootout, as the Vancouver Canucks rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, at United Center. Kesler, the 16th and final shooter, used a backhand- forehand deke to beat Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta. Eddie Lack allowed only one goal in the penalty shot tiebreaker after making 24 saves through overtime for the Canucks, who avoided going winless on a three-game road trip. They had opened December with seven consecutive wins before following up a shootout loss at Minnesota with a 4-1 setback in Dallas. Patrick Kane remained red-hot for the Blackhawks, registering a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 11 games. He has totaled six goals and 14 assists over that span. Raanta stopped 22 shots.
Final Score: Winnipeg 5, Florida 2
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Evander Kane, Jacob Trouba and Michael Frolik each had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets cooled off the Florida Panthers, 5-2, for their first home win in more than a month. Tobias Enstrom and Blake Wheeler added goals to help the Jets end an 0-3-2 skid at MTS Centre since a shootout triumph over Philadelphia on Nov. 15. Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele each contributed a pair of assists to support a 21-save effort from Ondrej Pavelec. The Panthers had a season-best five-game win streak halted despite goals from Shawn Matthias and Nick Bjugstad. Jacob Markstrom finished with 27 saves in the loss.
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