PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Dustin Jeffrey, Mark Letestu and Pascal Dupuis scored and the Pittsburgh Penguins held off the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night for their first win without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Playing a second straight game with their dynamic scoring duo, the Penguins limited Carolina’s chances until Sergei Samsonov and Eric Staal scored over the final 4:25 to make things interesting.
Crosby missed his eighth consecutive game due to a concussion, and Malkin has sat out two because of a sore left knee and a sinus infection.
The Penguins’ 2-0 loss at New Jersey on Thursday was the first game they played without Crosby and Malkin since Malkin entered the NHL in 2006.
Pittsburgh has won four of five and is 4-3-1 without Crosby. The Hurricanes have lost three of four and four of six.
TORONTO (AP)—Alex Ovechkin had his first three-goal game of the season to continue his strong play against Toronto and lead the Capitals to the win.
Ovechkin, who hadn’t scored more than one goal in a game since Oct. 30, raised his career total to 22 goals in 22 games against the Maple Leafs.
Matt Hendricks also scored for Washington and rookie Braden Holtby made 35 saves in his second straight start after being recalled from the AHL.
Tim Brent scored for Toronto.
DETROIT (AP)—Tomas Kopecky scored twice and Corey Crawford made 36 saves, lifting the Blackhawks to the victory.
Cory Emmerton scored in his NHL debut to give Detroit the lead midway through the first. Dave Bolland tied it later in the period and Kopecky scored two times in the second against his former team to make it 3-1.
Detroit’s Jimmy Howard started strong before struggling a little and finishing with 29 saves.
Troy Brouwer also scored for defending champion Chicago, which is on a 5-0-1 streak.
The banged-up Red Wings have won two of their last six. Detroit also found out before the game that the Islanders claimed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov off waivers after he signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings.
Nabokov couldn’t pick the place to resume his NHL career after starting the season playing in Russia.
MONTREAL (AP)—Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout, Jonas Hiller stopped all three Montreal shooters and the Ducks recovered to get the win in Saku Koivu’s emotional return to the Bell Centre.
Ryan, who gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead in the second period, shot past Carey Price on Anaheim’s second attempt for the only goal of the tiebreaker.
Montreal’s Max Pacioretty scored his second power-play goal of the game with 12.6 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Koivu, who was in the penalty box for both of Pacioretty’s goals, was called for three penalties in his return to Montreal, including a tripping call late in the third that led to the tying goal with Canadiens goalie Carey Price pulled for an extra attacker.
Hiller made 37 saves for the Ducks, who have won three of four.
ATLANTA (AP)—Mats Zuccarello scored in a shootout, Brian Boyle’s goal forced overtime with 5:19 left in regulation, and the Rangers rallied for the win.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots through overtime, then was perfect in four shootout rounds for the Rangers, who avoided losing for the fourth time in five games over seven days. Wojtek Wolski added a second-period goal for New York.
Anthony Stewart and Nik Antropov had goals for the fading Thrashers, who have lost six of seven.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Andrew Murray, Rick Nash and Fedor Tyutin each scored in the third period, and the Blue Jackets scored five unanswered goals.
Columbus has earned at least a point in five straight games. St. Louis has lost three of four.
Murray snapped broke a tie by deflecting in a shot from the blue line by Jan Hedja at 3:40 of the third period. It was his third goal of the season and first since Dec. 27. Nash added a power-play score at 16:32 to give him a team-leading 22 goals this season. Tyutin scored an empty netter at 18:30.
The Blue Jackets won for only the second time in 12 visits to St. Louis. Their last regulation win in St. Louis was a 4-1 victory on March 27, 2007.
Eric Brewer and Patrik Berglund scored in a span of 1:23 in the first period to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Justin Williams scored his 18th goal to start an opening flurry and Jarret Stoll added a goal with a sprawling shot in the third period, powering Los Angeles to the win.
Frustrated by what they felt was a bad call in a game against Phoenix two nights earlier, the Kings seemed to have an extra jump early, getting first-period goals from Williams, Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez.
Phoenix, playing without top defencemen Ed Jovanovski and Derek Morris, rallied from a sluggish start with Lee Stempniak’s two goals and another by Martin Hanzal to tie it heading into the third.
Stoll scored 5 minutes into the third on a diving backhander, and the Kings held on to end a three-game losing streak.
DENVER (AP)—Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand each scored twice, Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots and Boston took advantage of two goals going in off skates of Colorado defencemen.
Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron also scored as the Northeast Division leaders won for the third time in four games. David Krejci, Bergeron and Marchand each contributed two assists as well.
Paul Stastny and Kevin Shattenkirk scored for the Avalanche, who entered the game as the fourth-highest scoring team only to be held in check by Thomas.
Bruins centre Marc Savard was hurt on a check into the boards early in the second period and didn’t return. The Bruins didn’t reveal the extent of the injury.
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Patrik Elias scored two goals to lead improved New Jersey to the victory.
Johan Hedberg stopped 26 shots to give the Devils points in a season-high six straight games (5-0-1). Henrik Tallinder also scored for New Jersey.
The game featured the teams with the highest and lowest point totals in the NHL. But the last-place Devils are coming around.
James van Riemsdyk scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who failed in their first attempt to become the first expansion-era team to hit 1,000 home victories.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Devin Setoguchi scored a pair of goals in the second period to help San Jose match a season high with its fourth straight win.
Logan Couture and Benn Ferriero also scored for the Sharks, who had lost six straight before this current win streak put them back in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. Antti Niemi made 23 saves for San Jose.
Mikko Koivu scored two power-play goals and Brent Burns had a goal and two assists for the Wild, who also had won three straight games. Minnesota outscored the opposition 14-1 during the winning streak but fell short for the first time in three meetings this season against San Jose.
VANCOUVER (AP)—Alex Tanguay scored the winning goal in the third round of the shootout for Calgary.
After both teams failed to score on overtime power plays, Jeff Tambellini and Rene Bourque traded goals in the first round of the shootout before Tanguay’s backhand in the final round was stopped by Roberto Luongo.
But Luongo slid into the net with the puck stuck in his pads, requiring a lengthy video review to reverse the call. The referee announced, “The pad was in the net.”
Tim Jackman put Calgary ahead on a rebound 6:42 into the third period, but Ryan Kesler tied it on a short-handed 2-on-2 three minutes later, taking a drop pass from Alex Burrows and firing his 26th goal in through Burrow’s screen.