NHL roundup: Panthers open 2nd half by toppling Caps

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[February 03, 2016]  WASHINGTON -- Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and Al Montoya registered 36 saves as the Florida Panthers opened up the second half of the season with an impressive 5-2 victory over the league-leading Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck and Quinton Howden also scored for the Panthers, who have now won four straight games, after having not been victorious in D.C. since Dec. 9, 2010 -- a span of 10 games.

The Capitals, playing without Alex Ovechkin, forced to sit out for skipping the All-Star Game, and Braden Holtby, who was given a rare night off, showed some fight in the third with goals by Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky, but that was their only offense in the game.

Penguins 6, Senators 5

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored three consecutive goals to extend his recent scoring surge and rally Pittsburgh to its fourth consecutive victory over slumping Ottawa. .

Evgeni Malkin had two assists, Kris Letang added a goal and an assist, Chris Kunitz returned from a two-game injury layoff with a goal and two assists and Matt Cullen added a goal for the Penguins.

Mark Stone, Chris Wideman, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Cody Ceci and Dave Dziurzynski scored for the Senators in the losing effort.

Blues 1, Predators 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Troy Brouwer's deflection gave St. Louis a slim win over Nashville.

Scoring his 10th goal, Brouwer got his stick on a one-timer from Alex Pietrangelo, beating Pekka Rinne at 18:55 of the third period and giving the Blues their fourth win of the season over the Predators.

Brian Elliott stopped 16 shots in his ninth consecutive start in place of the injured Jake Allen, notching his first shutout of the season and the 31st of his career. Rinne made 22 saves for Nashville.

Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 3 (OT)

BOSTON -- Toronto, down by two goals in the third period, forced overtime and got a power-play goal from Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau at 3:06 of overtime to top Boston.

Daniel Winnik, Leo Komarov and Nazem Kadri also scored for the Maple Leafs, while James Reimer, playing in his 200th NHL game, made 39 saves and helped Toronto to its first win in five decisions in the five-minute overtime this season.

Brad Marchand scored twice and David Krejci once for the Bruins.

Flyers 4, Canadiens 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Wayne Simmonds scored a pair of goals and Philadelphia got back to its winning ways on home ice with a victory over Montreal at Wells Fargo Center.

Brayden Schenn and Matt Read also scored for the Flyers, who got 30 saves from Steve Mason.

Mike Condon stopped 32 shots while Andrei Markov and Jeff Petry scored for the Canadiens.

Devils 3, Rangers 2

NEWARK, N.J. -- David Schlemko scored a power-play goal with 8:46 remaining in the third period to give New Jersey a come-from-behind victory against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

Lee Stempniak and Joseph Blandisi scored in support of Cory Schneider, who turned aside 31 shots for the Devils.

J.T. Miller scored both Rangers goals and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots.

Islanders 5, Wild 3

NEW YORK -- Brock Nelson scored the tie-breaking goal in the final minute of the second period and Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored a little more than two minutes apart early in the third period as the New York Islanders beat Minnesota at Barclays Center.

Mikhail Grabovski and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders, who won for the fourth time in six games. Jean-Francois Berube earned his first NHL win by recording 40 saves.

Charlie Coyle, Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter scored for the Wild, who has lost three straight and 11 of 14 since Jan. 1. Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves before he was pulled and Darcy Kuemper finished with eight saves in the mop-up effort.

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Stars 5, Jets 3

WINNIPEG -- Stars looked fresh and relaxed after the All-Star break and used a three-goal second period to help defeat Winnipeg.

Tyler Seguin led the way with two goals, while John Klingberg, Vernon Fiddler and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Stars.

Andrew Ladd, Adam Lowry and Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets.

Blackhawks 2, Avalanche 1

DENVER -- Artemi Panarin and Richard Panik scored first-period goals, and short-handed Chicago beat Colorado.

Corey Crawford had 23 saves for the Blackhawks, who played without Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks captain had to sit out Tuesday's game because he skipped Sunday's All-Star Game in Nashville because of illness.

Calvin Pickard had 41 saves and Gabriel Landeskog scored for the Avalanche.

Kings 6, Coyotes 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dustin Brown scored twice to lead Los Angeles over Arizona at Gila River Arena.

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves and Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Marian Gaborik and Vincent Lecavalier scored goals for the Kings.

Jordan Martinook and Anthony Duclair scored for Arizona, which got 20 saves from Louis Domingue before he was pulled early in the third period.

Oilers 5, Blue Jackets 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Rookie standout Connor McDavid did not disappoint.

In his highly anticipated return after a three-month absence because of injury, McDavid delivered a goal-of-the-year candidate and added two assists in leading Edmonton over Columbus.

Leon Draisaitl, Eric Gryba, Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Eberle added goals as the Oilers prevailed in a battle between the last-place teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Matt Calvert scored the Blue Jackets' lone goal.

Ducks 3, Sharks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell, Hampus Lindholm and Ryan Garbutt scored to give Anaheim a win over San Jose at the Honda Center.

Frederik Andersen stopped 30 shots for the Ducks, who earned their fourth successive victory and moved into a tie with the Arizona Coyotes for third place, the Pacific Division's final automatic playoff spot.

Dainius Zubrus and Tommy Wingels scored for the Sharks, who suffered their first loss in regulation since Jan. 7. Martin Jones made 22 saves but center Joe Thornton's 10-game point streak ended.

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