NHL roundup: Kings, Caps post shutouts

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[December 29, 2015]  The Sports Xchange
 
 VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Tyler Toffoli recorded a hat trick, and Jonathan Quick stopped 27 shots to earn his 40th NHL shutout as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 Monday night.

Los Angeles rookie Derek Forbort scored his first career goal, and Anze Kopitar added four assists. Brayden McNabb also scored for the Pacific Division-leading Kings.

The shutout was the third of the season for Quick. One of his best saves came in the second period, when he blocked a shot from the slot from Bo Horvat.

Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom, making his third straight start, stopped 33 shots.

Capitals 2, Sabres 0

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Braden Holtby made 31 saves, leading Washington past Buffalo.

Alex Ovechkin and Jay Beagle scored second-period goals for the Capitals, and Holtby recorded his second shutout of the season and the 29th of his career.

Linus Ullmark made 24 saves for the Sabres.

 

Avalanche 6, Sharks 3

SAN JOSE -- Nathan MacKinnon scored twice with the man advantage as Colorado went 4-for-6 on the power play to hand San Jose a fourth straight home loss.

MacKinnon's 12th goal of the season came just 20 seconds into a hooking penalty on Tommy Wingels to give Colorado its second two-goal lead of the third period. San Jose took five stick-related minors in the game, including four in the opening period when Colorado struck twice on the power play.

The Sharks tried to mount a comeback by registering the first nine shots of the third period. But instead of gaining the equalizer, Brent Burns took a holding penalty. The Avalanche converted when Blake Comeau scored his sixth of the season at 7:09 with just two seconds left in the advantage.

Canadiens 4, Lightning 3 (SO)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Montreal lost the lead in the final seven minutes, forced overtime with a late goal, then got the win in a shootout, ending a six-game losing streak with a victory over Tampa Bay.

Montreal trailed 1-0 midway through the shootout but got goals from Brian Flynn and the game-winner from Max Pacioretty after goalie Mike Condon stopped the Lightning's third shot from Nikita Kucherov.

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Condon had 36 saves through regulation and the five-minute overtime.

Wild 3, Red Wings 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Power-play and empty-net goals by Mikko Koivu late, and a strong night in goal by Devan Dubnyk helped Minnesota beat Detroit.

Charlie Coyle scored his ninth goal of the season in the first period, and Dubnyk had 28 saves for the Wild, who had lost three of their previous four games.

Detroit lost despite a 32-save night in goal by Petr Mrazek. Pavel Datsyuk scored the lone goal for the Red Wings.

Predators 5, Rangers 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Craig Smith, Ryan Ellis and James Neal scored in a span of 3:39 in the third period as Nashville dumped New York.

Smith deflected a point blast from defenseman Roman Josi at 7:34, putting Nashville ahead 3-1.

Ellis made it 4-1 with a one-timer on the power play at 9:52, and Neal finished the outburst with his second goal of the game, a rebound at 11:13.

The Rangers (20-13-4), who lost for the 12th time in 16 games, made it a bit more respectable with late goals from Rick Nash and J.T. Miller.

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