Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 27, 2008
The NHL roundup …
RALEIGH ó Blake Wheeler scored twice in the second period, and Michael Ryder broke a tie with 6:14 left to help the Boston Bruins win their seventh straight game, 4-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Chuck Kobasew added an empty-net goal for Eastern Conference-leading Boston.
Matt Cullen and Anton Babchuk scored for Carolina.
Carolina opened the scoring in the first period when Chad LaRose’s shot deflected off Cullen’s leg and past goalie Tim Thomas at 3:54.
Devils 4, Rangers 2
NEW YORK ó Travis Zajac had a goal and two assists to help New Jersey break out of a team-record scoreless drought.
The Devils were blanked in their previous two games and went seven periods without a goal ó spanning a New Jersey record of 159 minutes, 18 seconds ó before Brian Rolston ripped a slap shot past Henrik Lundqvist 2:54 in during a power play.Stars 4, Ducks 3, OT
DALLAS ó Mike Modano scored at 3:24 of overtime after setting up Dallas teammate Mike Ribeiro’s tying goal with 1:04 left in regulation.
Modano, the career goals leader among U.S.-born players with 540, scored on a one-timer from the top of the right circle off a pass from Brad Richards.
Canadiens 3, Penguins 2
PITTSBURGH ó Andrei Kostitsyn had his first career hat trick, and Carey Price made 32 saves for Montreal, 3-0-1 in its past four games.
Tomas Plekanec added two assists for Montreal, 3-0-1 in its past four games.
Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis each had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh.
Blue Jackets 3, Flyers 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio ó Rookie Steve Mason made 20 saves for his third shutout, and Columbus’ first victory over Philadelphia in franchise history.Kings 4, Coyotes 0
GLENDALE, Ariz. ó Jonathan Quick made 30 saves for his second shutout in three games and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0.
Quick’s shutout came in just his eighth career game and sixth start.
Lightning 6, Panthers 4
TAMPA, Fla. ó Vincent Lecavalier scored twice, and Martin St. Louis had a goal and three assists to help Tampa Bay win its third straight game.
Sabres 4, Islanders 3, SO
BUFFALO, N.Y. ó Ales Kotalik and Drew Stafford scored shootout goals for Buffalo, and Ryan Miller stopped both of New York’s attempts in the tiebreaker.
Blues 3, Sharks 2, SO
ST. LOUIS ó Brad Winchester tied it in the second period, and scored the deciding goal on his first shootout chance of the season, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the high-flying San Jose Sharks 3-2.