PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Carey Price made 26 saves for his eighth shutout of the season and 12th overall in the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
Tomas Plekanec, Travis Moen and Mike Cammalleri scored for Montreal. The Canadiens, two points behind fifth-place Boston in the Eastern Conference, have won six of their past seven games.
The Canadiens’ five-game winning streak was broken with a 4-1 loss Thursday night in St. Louis, and the team is coping with the loss Tuesday night of Max Pacioretty, the winger who sustained a severe concussion and fractured vertebra from a hard hit by Boston’s Zdeno Chara.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Pavel Datsyuk scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period, one night after netting the overtime winner, and Detroit bounced back to beat St. Louis after squandering a two-goal lead.
Jimmy Howard earned his NHL-leading 17th road win for Detroit, 4-1 against the Blues. The Red Wings have won two straight after a season-worst four-game losing streak.
Howard got both wins and is 17-3-2 on the road. He finished strong after giving up goals to David Backes and Matt D’Agostini that got the Blues even at 3-3 early in the third.
Ruslan Salei, Darren Helm, Niklas Kronwall and Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit.
Adam Cracknell added his first NHL goal for the Blues.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Daniel Sedin scored two goals and added an assist to push his NHL-leading points total to 89 in Vancouver’s victory over Calgary.
With 37 goals, Sedin topped his previous career high of 36 in 2006-07.
Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows also scored for NHL-leading Vancouver, Christian Ehrhoff had three assists and Roberto Luongo made 20 saves. With the victory, the Canucks finished 5-0 on a trip.
Mikael Backlund, Matt Stajan and David Moss scored for Calgary.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Brandon Dubinsky scored the winning goal for New York in the sixth round of the shootout after Wojtek Wolski kept the Rangers alive with a goal in the third round.
Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to help the Rangers move into seventh place alone in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Buffalo and four in front of ninth-place Carolina.
Erik Christensen and Mike Sauer scored in regulation for New York.
Ryan Clowe and Ben Eager each had a goal, and Dan Boyle scored the lone goal in the shootout for San Jose. The Sharks finished a six-game homestand with two consecutive shootout losses.
TORONTO (AP)—Mikhail Grabovski and Phil Kessel scored in a 2:33 span early in the third period and rookie James Reimer made a jaw-dropping save on Tomas Vanek in the period in Toronto’s comeback victory.
Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak also scored to help Toronto end a three-game slide and move back within four points of the eighth-place Sabres for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Mike Weber, Jochen Hecht and Jordan Leopold scored for Buffalo. The Sabres finished a seven-game trip 4-2-1.
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Ron Hainsey scored at 1:17 of overtime and Atlanta overcame a 3-0 third-period deficit and Ville Leino’s first career hat trick to beat Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia.
Andrew Ladd tied it at 4-4 with 45 seconds left in regulation.
Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom also scored for Atlanta.
Kimmo Timonen added a goal for the Flyers.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Anssi Salmela scored his first goal of the season 3:09 into overtime for New Jersey.
Salmela took a feed from Mattias Tedenby and drilled a shot past Al Montoya as the Devils improved to 22-3-2 in their last 27 games. New Jersey trailed 2-1 in the third period before rallying.
Jacob Josefson had his first NHL goal, David Clarkson also scored, and Martin Brodeur made 13 saves for the Devils. Blake Comeau and John Tavares scored for New York.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Jason Garrison scored in overtime for Florida.
Vincent Levavalier and Simon Gagne scored in the third period for Tampa Bay to erase a 3-1 deficit, but Garrison’s fourth goal of the season gave the Panthers their fourth win in five games against the Lightning.
Ryan Carter and Niclas Bergfors each scored their first goals for Florida, and David Booth added a goal for the Panthers. Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 43rd goal for Tampa Bay. The Lightning have lost six of their last seven games.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Joel Ward’s unassisted goal in the second period helped Nashville get past Colorado.
The Avalanche are winless in eight and have just one victory in their last 19 games.
Shea Weber and Matt Halischuk also scored, and Martin Erat had an empty-net goal and an assist. Pekka Rinne stopped 36 shots for the Predators, who won their second straight.
Ryan O’Reilly and Daniel Winnik scored for Colorado.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Steve Mason made 29 saves and Columbus’ penalty-killers turned back Carolina,
Derek MacKenzie scored twice and Samuel Pahlsson added a goal to help Columbus snap a seven-game losing streak (0-4-3). Jeff Skinner and Tuomo Ruutu scored for Carolina. The Hurricanes have lost four straight.