(Saturday, December 21st)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Calgary 3
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - With Sidney Crosby's goal and two assists leading the way, the Pittsburgh Penguins ran their home winning streak to 10 games with a 4-3 decision over the Calgary Flames at CONSOL Energy Center. James Neal scored once and assisted on another for the Penguins, with Pascal Dupuis and Harry Zolnierczyk also lighting the lamp to support a 27-save effort from Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh held on for its seventh straight victory overall after jumping out to a 4-1 lead late in the second period. Paul Byron, Mike Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler all had goals in the loss, Calgary's fourth straight to close out a five-game trip. Karri Ramo stopped just 19-of-23 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Ottawa 3 (OT)
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Antoine Vermette finished off his second career hat trick with 2:37 remaining in overtime, as Phoenix slipped past Ottawa, 4-3, on Saturday. Following a left-circle faceoff win, Derek Morris received the puck at the point and put a shot on net which Craig Anderson stopped, but the rebound popped out to Vermette and he slid the puck home to end the contest. Radim Vrbata netted the other score and Mikkel Boedker added two assists for the Coyotes, who snapped a three-game slide and finish their four-game road trip in Buffalo on Monday. Mike Smith stopped 37 shots, including one on Clarke MacArthur earlier in the extra session which allowed Phoenix a shot to win the game. Marc Methot posted his first career two-goal effort for the Senators, who got the other tally from Zack Smith. Anderson took the loss despite 34 stops.
12/21 16:57:32 ET