Saturday, November 28, 2015

{allcanada} OHL: Spirit snap eight-game losing streak with win over Spitfires


SAGINAW, Mich. - The Saginaw Spirit are finally back in the win column.

Jesse Barwell scored twice and added an assist as the Spirit beat the Windsor Spitfires 5-3 on Saturday night in Ontario Hockey League action.

The victory snaps Saginaw's eight-game losing streak.

Kris Bennett and Markus Niemelainen had a goal and two assists each for the Spirit (9-15-2). Connor Brown added the other as Saginaw came back to score five-straight goals.

Markus Soberg, Christian Fischer and Aaron Luchuk opened the scoring in the first period for Windsor (16-7-3).

David Ovsjannikov started in net for Saginaw but was replaced after allowing two goals on seven shots in 8:24. Evan Cormier came on in relief and picked up the win by kicking out 18-of-19 shots in 51:36. Michael DiPietro made 36 saves for the Spitfires.

The Spirit were 2 for 4 on the power play, with Windsor scoring once on two chances.


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OTTAWA — Jeremiah Addison had a goal and an assist as the 67's toppled Guelph.

Travis Barron, Evan de Haan and Nevin Guy also scored for Ottawa (16-9-1), which won its fourth in a row.

Luke Burghardt evened the game at 1-1 early in the first period for the Storm (2-21-1).



ERIE, Pa. — Dylan Strome had two goals and three assists to lead the Otters over Sault Ste. Marie.

Alex DeBrincat scored twice and added an assist for Erie (22-3-1), which won its third straight. Kyle Maksimovich and Vanya Lodnia also chipped in.

Bobby MacIntyre struck twice for the Greyhounds (9-12-3), who also got a goal from Colton White.



HAMILTON — Luke Kutkevicius scored the first of three goals in the second period for Mississauga as it toppled the Bulldogs.

Michael McLeod and Marcus Dickerson had the others in the second for the Steelheads (13-12-2), who got an empty netter from Alexander Nylander.

Matthew Strome opened the scoring for Hamilton (9-16-1).



SUDBURY, Ont. — Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 43 shots he faced as Flint shut out the Wolves.

Connor Chatham had a power-play goal for the Firebirds (12-10-2), who won their third in a row. Cullen Mercer added an empty netter.

Zack Bowman turned aside 19-of-20 shots for Sudbury (5-18-3).



PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Eric Cornel and Gerg Betzold both had two goals and an assist as the Petes got past Oshawa.

Jonathan Ang also scored for Peterborough (14-9-4), which improved to 8-0-1 in its last nine games.

Mitchell Vande Sompel found the back of the net for the Generals (10-14-3).

Zach Gallant of the Petes was assessed a match penalty for roughing at 18:24 of the third period.



BARRIE, Ont. — Jordan Maletta and Brendan Perlini both scored twice as Niagara downed the Colts.

Johnny Corneil also found the back of the net for the IceDogs (13-10-2).

Roy Radke had both goals for Barrie (16-9-0) in the third period.



OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Sam Miletic struck twice as London won its third straight by beating the Attack.

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitchell Marner and Christian Dvorak also scored for the Knights (17-4-2).

Liam Dunda scored his third of the season in the second period for Owen Sound (11-10-4).

Miletic was ejected at 7:44 of the third period after a major penalty for charging.

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{allcanada} Oilers defeat Penguins for rare win in Pittsburgh


PITTSBURGH -- Goalie Anders Nilsson remained undefeated in the shootout to help the Edmonton Oilers earn their first win at Consol Energy Center by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Saturday.

In the tiebreaker, Edmonton's Matt Hendricks faked a shot before taking a wrist shot over fallen goalie Jeff Zatkoff, and then Jordan Eberle put a shot through Zatkoff's five-hole.

Nilsson, who has won each of his five NHL shootouts, stopped David Perron and Sidney Crosby. He made 39 saves, his second highest total of the season.

"I felt pretty good. I felt like I saw the puck pretty well," Nilsson said. "I tracked the puck and felt comfortable out there. So overall, I felt good and I think we played a pretty good team game. Pittsburgh's a great team and it's not an easy building to come in and play. So, I think we battled hard and battled hard throughout 60 minutes or 65 minutes."

It was Edmonton's first win in Pittsburgh since Jan. 10, 2006 and its second since Feb. 18, 1993.

"It feels good to win. The guys got a good reward," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "I thought we had a good effort from a lot of players. It was open. I'm not sure if that favored us or them. Obviously, in the end, us. But probably a little too open, but yet I thought we buckled down when we needed to."

The Oilers (8-14-2) and Penguins (13-8-2) each lost in overtime Friday, Pittsburgh 2-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Edmonton 4-3 to the Detroit Red Wings.

"I thought through the last half of the first period, we really started to take over the game by playing down low, playing below the circles against them," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. "That's how we just took advantage of them in the game. We just missed on our chances."

With the Penguins trailing 2-0, Evgeni Malkin scored possibly Pittsburgh's most impressive goal of the season. He stripped Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom in the neutral zone, charged toward Nilsson and spun against defenseman Mark Fayne while backhanding a shot over Nilsson's glove 48 seconds into the second period.

"In practice, a couple times I've tried [the spin shot]," Malkin said, "and today, why not?"

Klefbom took responsibility for the play.

"You have to give him some credit. He's a tremendous player," Klefbom said. "That's a bad play by me, first of all, but he's a real good player and you have to give him credit for that goal. It was a beauty. … Obviously, it feels good now. If we would've lost this game, I wouldn't be this happy."

Malkin tied the game 2-2 with a slap shot on a power play for his Penguins-leading 11th goal 2:41 later. He has scored seven goals and 10 points in six games since criticizing the Penguins' performance following a closed-door meeting on Nov. 14, when Pittsburgh lost 4-0 to the New Jersey Devils.

Nearing the end of a 5-on-3, Malkin nearly completed a hat trick, but his shot hit the left post with about 10 seconds remaining in the second.

"It was a good game," Malkin said. "I got a couple good chances … I tried to do my best. It's bad when you score and the team doesn't win. I hope we play better in the next game."

Benoit Pouliot had a chance to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead on a penalty shot 4:56 into the third period after being tripped by Penguins defenseman Kris Letang. Pouliot deked to his left and came back to the right before trying to slide a shot into the net, but Zatkoff managed to make a toe save.

Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring after Oilers forward Taylor Hall took a wrist shot, collected the rebound and sent a second shot on Zatkoff. That rebound bounced to Draisaitl, who took a wrist shot into an open net for a 1-0 Edmonton lead 2:02 into the first period.

The Oilers increased their lead five seconds after Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi was called for tripping Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Mark Letestu won the faceoff back to Nugent-Hopkins, who slid a pass to Andrej Sekera at the point, where he one-timed a slap shot that Lauri Korpikoski deflected past goalie Jeff Zatkoff for a 2-0 lead 7:30 into the first.

Edmonton defenseman Justin Schultz returned after missing 14 games with a back injury. He played 17:52 in 26 shifts.

"I felt good," Schultz said. "Obviously the first couple shifts, I was like a little fast. I don't remember it being this fast, but once I got those under my belt, it was good. I felt like I got better as the game went on."

Edmonton forward Jujhar Khaira made his NHL debut; he played 10:02.

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{allcanada} Capitals defeat Maple Leafs for fifth win in row


TORONTO -- The Washington Capitals won their fifth straight game, 4-2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

The Capitals (17-5-1) scored three times in the second period. Jason Chimera had a goal and an assist.

"He deserves it," Washington captain Alex Ovechkin said of Chimera. "He is working hard every day. He doesn't try to get cute; he knows what he is capable of doing and his experience is coming out. He's our secret weapon almost. I didn't think we had a very good first period, but his goal gave us a bit of a chance to reload."

Chimera has seven goals and 14 points in 23 games, with four points in his past two.

"I have had a chance to play on the power play a bit lately and also to get the chance to play with [Evgeny Kuznetsov], who has some pretty magic hands, and that has been huge for me," Chimera said. "It's nice any time you can score and help the team out. Any time you see a third- or fourth-line guy score, usually the team wins. You want to keep that going. You need depth scoring going forward because you know Ovi and [T.J.] Oshie aren't going to score every night."

The Maple Leafs (7-11-5) have lost three in a row. Goalie Jonathan Bernier struggled and is 0-8-1; he played in place of injured James Reimer.

"You've got to keep it out of our net," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "We have been going through this since the start of the year. I think there has been a lot of talking going on. The bottom line is just get to work, work hard every day, listen to the goalie coach, and you try to find your game."

Babcock said he considered replacing Bernier with Garret Sparks, who was called up from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League earlier Saturday.

"I just felt the best thing to do was [keep Bernier in the game]," Babcock said. "Most big decisions I make I try to take the emotion out of it totally. You are way less emotional after you sleep on something. You can't give up four [goals] in the National Hockey League and win. It's just impossible."

The Maple Leafs outshot the Capitals 16-4 in the first period, but each team scored once.

Bernier, making his first start since Nov. 15, made his first save of the game 2:30 in off a shot by Kuznetsov from the slot, but Bernier wasn't as fortunate on the second. Chimera broke into the Toronto zone on the left wing and took a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle that handcuffed the Maple Leafs goalie. Chimera's seventh goal of the season was unassisted at 3:43.

The Maple Leafs tied it 1-1 at 6:17 when Dion Phaneuf slipped in low in the Washington zone and passed the puck to the front of the net. Peter Holland was in the high slot and his low shot went past goalie Braden Holtby for his fourth goal of the season.

Tom Wilson gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead at 4:06 of the second period. Bernier stopped a dump in and the puck was lying 5 feet in front of the net. A Maple Leafs defenseman overskated the puck and Wilson was there to grab it and score his first goal of the season, his first in 36 games dating to last season.

Nine seconds after Washington defenseman John Carlson was penalized for interference, the Maple Leafs power play tied the score 2-2. Phaneuf's slap shot from the point was tipped past Holtby by Leo Komarov. It was his eighth goal of the season, tying his single-season NHL high set last season.

The Capitals made it 3-2 on their power play. Ovechkin's slap shot hit Toronto defenseman Roman Polak and deflected off Washington forward Marcus Johansson past Bernier at 11:08, 22 seconds after Nazem Kadri was sent off for high-sticking.

The Capitals made it 4-2 at 12:24 with another power-play goal. Justin Williams snapped a 20-foot shot past Bernier with Phaneuf off for interference. The goal came on the Capitals' 13th shot of the game.

The Maple Leafs had two chances to pull within a goal, but James van Riemsdyk and Holland hit the post on back-to-back shots.

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{allcanada} Sharks spoil Hiller's return, defeat Flames


SAN JOSE -- Tommy Wingels, Tomas Hertl and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each had a goal and an assist to help the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames at SAP Center on Saturday.

Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau scored, Joe Pavelski had two assists and Martin Jones made 25 saves for the Sharks (14-9-0), who have won seven of their past eight games.

Flames goalie Jonas Hiller gave up five goals on 29 shots in his first start since Oct. 28 when he sustained a hip injury against the Ottawa Senators. Hiller was activated from injured reserve Thursday.

Markus Granlund and Micheal Ferland each scored his first goal of the season for Calgary (8-14-2).

Wingels and Hertl, who skate together on the third line, were benched by coach Peter DeBoer in the third period of the Sharks' 5-2 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. They responded with strong games, igniting the Sharks' rout.

Wingels gave San Jose a 1-0 lead at 9:03 of the first period, redirecting Vlasic's long-range shot from the right boards past Hiller. The goal was Wingels' second of the season and ended a 14-game drought.

Hertl made it 2-0 at 12:36 of the first period, his first goal in 19 games. He took a pass from Brenden Dillon and beat Hiller with a sharp-angled slap shot from the right circle that snuck inside the right post.

The Sharks entered the game with one power-play goal at home in 26 chances this season. Ward and Marleau each scored a power-play goal in a span of 50 seconds in the second period to make it 4-0.

Ward scored at 10:04 of the second on a 5-on-3 power play with Deryk Engelland in the penalty box for roughing and Dennis Wideman for high sticking. Pavelski sent a pass from below the goal line to Ward in the low slot, where he scored on a wrist shot. The goal was Ward's ninth of the season.

Marleau scored at 10:54 with the man-advantage, putting a wrist shot from the high slot past Hiller for his ninth goal of the season and third in three games.

Granlund scored at 9:42 of the third period, cutting San Jose's lead to 4-1, but Vlasic answered with a goal at 9:53, taking a cross-ice pass from Wingels and scoring on a 2-on-1 rush.

Ferland scored with 1:17 left.

Calgary went 3-0-0 against San Jose at SAP Center last season, outscoring the Sharks 10-4. The Flames, who went 0-2-1 on a three-game road trip, have scored three or fewer goals in nine straight games.

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