National Hockey League

                ***** National Hockey League Game Capsules *****
                             (Tuesday, December 23)
                       Final Score: Boston 5, Nashville 3
 Boston,  MA (  - Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson each scored
 twice to lead the Boston Bruins over the Nashville Predators, 5-3, on Tuesday.
 David Krejci also lit the lamp for the Bruins, who avenged a 3-2 shootout loss
 in  Nashville last  Tuesday. Tuukka  Rask made  22 saves.  Calle Jarnkrok  and
 Taylor Beck each had one goal and an assist for Nashville, which  had a three-
 game winning streak snapped. Carter Hutton stopped 20-of-24 shots.
                     Final Score: Carolina 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)
 Newark,  NJ (  - Chris  Terry scored  the lone  goal of  the
 shootout  to  give the Carolina  Hurricanes a 2-1  victory over the New Jersey
 Devils  on  Tuesday. Carolina netminder  Anton Khudobin  made two big saves to
 earn  his  first win  of the  season. He  stacked the  pads on Mike Cammalleri
 and  kicked  aside Adam Henrique's  offering. Terry, Carolina's third shooter,
 followed  his  goaltender's impressive  stops  by  moving  the puck  from  his
 backhand  to his forehand  and slipping it under the pad of Cory Schneider for
 the  win. Ron  Hainsey scored  the  game-tying goal  in the  third period  and
 Khudobin  finished  with 18 saves  for the  Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game
 skid  and  won on the  road for  the first time  since Nov. 28. Stephen Gionta
 netted New Jersey's lone goal and Schneider stopped 32 shots in defeat.
                    Final Score: Montreal 3, NY Islanders 1
 Uniondale, NY ( - After a slow start, the Montreal Canadiens
 scored  three unanswered goals to top the New York Islanders, 3-1, on Tuesday.
 Carey  Price made 37  saves for the Canadiens, who have won five of their last
 six  games.  Montreal got  second-period goals from  Andrei Markov and Brendan
 Gallagher, and David  Desharnais  added an insurance marker  late in the third
 period  to seal  the win.  Kyle  Okposo scored  for the  Islanders 12  minutes
 into  the game, but they did not light the lamp again as they lost their four-
 game  winning streak. Chad  Johnson got the start in net for New York and made
 18 saves on 21 shots.
                    Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Washington 2
 New  York, NY ( - Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis each scored
 a pair of goals and the New York Rangers held off a late comeback attempt from
 the  Washington  Capitals to record a  4-2 win, their season-high seventh in a
 row.  Nash added an  assist on St. Louis' second of the night, which came on a
 5-on-3 with  3:48 remaining  after Washington nearly overcame a 3-0 deficit on
 third-period  goals by  Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin. Derek Brassard and
 Mats  Zuccarello added  two assists and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the
 red-hot  Rangers,  with 19 of  those stops coming  in the final period. Braden
 Holtby   turned   aside  23  shots  in   the  loss,  the  Capitals'  first  in
 regulation  since Dec. 2. Washington entered the Metropolitan Division matchup
 7-0-2 in its last nine games.
                    Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Minnesota 2
 St.  Paul, MN ( - Ray Emery made 22 saves and five different
 players  recorded a goal, as Philadelphia claimed a 5-2 victory over Minnesota
 at Xcel Energy Center. Sean  Couturier, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Vincent
 Lecavalier and Michael Raffl  all lit  the lamp for the  Flyers, who won three
 straight  for the  first time since early November to start an eight-game road
 trip.  Marco Scandella  and  Charlie  Coyle tallied  for  the  Wild, who  have
 dropped  four straight  games. Darcy  Kuemper,  pressed into  duty for  Niklas
 Backstrom  after  he suffered an  undisclosed injury,  stopped 25 shots in the
                        Final Score: Toronto 4, Dallas 0
 Dallas, TX ( - Jonathan Bernier made 43 saves for his second
 shutout  of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing
 streak  with  a 4-0  win over the  Dallas Stars on  Tuesday night. Nazem Kadri
 and  James  van Riemsdyk  collaborated  on  two  goals  for the  Maple  Leafs,
 including  one  55 seconds  into the game  that stood up  as the winner. Tyler
 Bozak  and  Mike  Santorelli  also  scored in  the  win.  Bernier's  43  saves
 included  19 in  the third period. He  picked up his ninth career shutout. The
 Stars had a season-long four-game winning streak snapped, which included three
 straight wins in western Canada.
                       Final Score: Detroit 6, Buffalo 3
 Detroit,  MI ( - Tomas Tatar scored twice as the Detroit Red
 Wings'  offense came  alive by scoring five unanswered goals to end a six-game
 slump  with  a 6-3 win  over the Buffalo  Sabres on Tuesday. Henrik Zetterberg
 and  Danny  DeKeyser each finished  with a goal  and assist, Stephen Weiss and
 Johan  Franzen  also scored and Gustav  Nyquist supplied three assists for the
 Red  Wings, who  matched their  total goal  output over  their losing  streak.
 Detroit's  power-play  unit converted on  4-of-6 opportunities and Petr Mrazek
 stopped  13-of-16 shots  in the  win. Nicolas  Deslauriers, Chris  Stewart and
 Andre  Benoit  all  lit  the  lamp  for  Buffalo,  which  dropped  its  fourth
 straight game. Michal Neuvirth allowed all six goals on 39 shots in defeat.
                     Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Pittsburgh 3
 Tampa,  FL (  - Tyler Johnson recorded his second career hat
 trick  and Tampa  Bay held  on  late for  a  4-3 decision  over Pittsburgh  on
 Tuesday.  Nikita  Kucherov chipped in  the other goal  and two assists for the
 Lightning,  who  received three helpers  from Ondrej Palat. Andrei Vasilevskiy
 came  up with  26 saves to record his second career victory. Patric Hornqvist,
 Chris Kunitz and Kris  Letang scored for the Penguins, who nearly  wiped out a
 four-goal  deficit but  dropped  their second  in a  row  after winning  three
 straight.  Jeff Zatkoff  took the  loss in  relief, having  allowed the  game-
 deciding  goal  on 17  shots. Marc-Andre  Fleury got the  start but was yanked
 after yielding three goals on 10 shots in nearly 21 minutes of action.
                       Final Score: Arizona 5, Edmonton 1
 Edmonton,  AB  ( -  Sam Gagner and  Devan Dubnyk, two former
 Oilers,  led the  Arizona Coyotes  to a  5-1 win  in Edmonton  Tuesday. Gagner
 scored  the  first and last  goals for the Oilers  in a four-point effort, and
 Dubnyk  made  26 saves for  the Coyotes, who  snapped a two-game skid. Arizona
 also  received goals  from  Martin  Erat,  Keith Yandle  and  Brandon Gormley.
 Martin Hanzal supplied three assists in the win. Justin Schultz was Edmonton's
 lone scorer in its eighth straight loss.
                      Final Score: Colorado 5, St. Louis 0
 Denver,  CO ( - Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves for his second
 shutout of the season to lead the Colorado Avalanche in a 5-0 win over the St.
 Louis  Blues  on  Tuesday. Varlamov  had  been  out  of  action since  Dec.  5
 because  of  a nagging  groin injury,  yet recovered well  enough to claim the
 15th  shutout of  his career.  Alex  Tanguay and  Ryan O'Reilly  each had  one
 goal  and an  assist for  the Avalanche,  who have won  three in a row. Jarome
 Iginla,  Zach Redmond  and Erik Johnson also  lit the lamp. Jake Allen gave up
 five  goals on 31 shots over two periods for the Blues, who have dropped three
 straight. Martin Brodeur made 10 saves in the third.
                       Final Score: Winnipeg 5, Chicago 1
 Chicago,  IL ( - Mathieu Perreault continued his hot play of
 late  with two  goals to  lift the  Winnipeg Jets  to a  5-1 victory  over the
 Chicago  Blackhawks on  Tuesday. Perreault  has  tallied five  goals and  four
 assists over an eight-game point streak. Blake  Wheeler  finished with a  goal
 and an  assist, Bryan Little and Anthony Peluso  also  scored and  Andrew Ladd
 supplied two helpers  for the Jets, who improved to 3-0-1 over their last four
 games.  Michael  Hutchinson,  who  posted  a  33-save  shutout  in  Winnipeg's
 1-0  over  Chicago on Nov.  2, was stellar once  again, turning aside 38 shots
 for  the  win. Marian  Hossa  scored  Chicago's  lone  goal and  Antti  Raanta
 made  11 saves  in relief  of Corey  Crawford, who  was yanked  after allowing
 three  goals on 13 shots during the first period. The Blackhawks had an eight-
 game home winning streak come to an end.
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