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NYR’s Lundqvist tops Jets, earns 40th NHL shutout

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POSTED January 24, 2012 10:51 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots in a bit of a surprise start, and Ryan Callahan, John Mitchell and Brad Richards provided the offense in the New York Rangers' 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Lundqvist (22-10-4) made his fifth consecutive start for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers because backup Martin Biron was out with the flu.

Biron allowed only one goal in beating the Jets in New York's two previous meetings this season, and Lundqvist picked up where he left off. The All-Star earned his fifth shutout and 40th in seven NHL seasons.

Winnipeg, which lost 2-1 at Carolina on Monday, was outshot 31-22 and fell to 0-8 in the second of back-to-back games. The Jets have been outscored 33-5 in those losses.

New York has won four of six.

PENGUINS 3, BLUES 2, SO

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chris Kunitz scored the deciding goal on a backhander in the fourth round of a shootout and Pittsburgh beat St. Louis to run its winning streak to seven.

James Neal and Steve Sullivan scored in regulation for the Penguins, whose winning streak has followed a six-game skid — their longest since 2006.

Patrik Berglund ended a seven-game point drought with a pair of goals and tied it on a penalty shot early in the third period for the Blues, who erased a two-goal deficit.

NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin got the other shootout goal for the Penguins after being shut down in regulation. He had nine goals and 13 points during a six-game goal streak.

CANUCKS 3, OILERS 2, SO

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Cody Hodgson scored the shootout winner and Vancouver beat Edmonton to send the Oilers to their sixth straight road loss.

Hodgson beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk in the fifth round of the shootout with a shot that trickled between his pads. Alex Edler scored earlier in the shootout for the Canucks, but Ales Hemsky extended it by beating Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo with a backhand.

Daniel Sedin and David Booth gave the Canucks one-goal leads in regulation. Shawn Horcoff and Taylor Hall replied for Edmonton.

Vancouver moved within three points of idle Detroit, which leads the Western Conference.

CAPITALS 5, BRUINS 3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mathieu Perreault got his first career hat trick, including the tie-breaking goal in the third period, to lead Washington over Boston.

Perreault's third goal of the game came 7:18 into the third period when he put in a rebound off Roman Hamrlik's shot to give Washington the lead.

Cody Eakin also scored for the Capitals, who won for the second time in five games. Dennis Wideman added an empty-netter with 27 seconds left.

Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand scored for Boston in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break.

SABRES 2, DEVILS 1, SO

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jason Pominvile and Nathan Gerbe scored in the shootout, and Ryan Miller made 27 saves as Buffalo beat New Jersey to snap a 12-game losing streak on the road.

Pominville ripped a shot over the glove of Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur on the Sabres' third and possibly final shootout attempt to tie things at 1-all.

Miller, who had given up a goal to Ilya Kovalchuk on the Devils' first shootout try, made a pad save on rookie Adam Henrique on New Jersey's fourth attempt and Gerbe gave Buffalo its first road win since Dec. 3 by beating Brodeur.

Buffalo's Jordan Leopold and the Devils' Patrik Elias scored in regulation.

STARS 1, DUCKS 0

DALLAS (AP) — Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves for his 18th career shutout, and defenseman Alex Goligoski scored in the first period as Dallas ended Anaheim's five-game winning streak.

Anaheim got off to a fast start with a 9-2 edge in shots before Goligoski notched the game's only goal and his sixth of the season.

Goligoski's shot glanced off Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, with the puck flipping into the air and over Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller with 3:39 left in the first. Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson were credited with assists.

Hiller stopped 15 shots for the Ducks, who had been 8-0-1 in their previous nine games.

FLYERS 3, PANTHERS 2, SO

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Claude Giroux scored the only goal in a shootout to lift Philadelphia over Florida.

Giroux beat Scott Clemmensen on the stick side to give the Flyers their first shootout victory in four tries this season.

Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek scored in regulation for the Flyers, while Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves. Bobrovsky also stopped three attempts in the shootout.

Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Fleischmann had goals for Florida, and Clemmensen made 35 saves.

The injury-depleted Flyers started eight rookies.

COYOTES 3, SENATORS 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Radim Vrbata scored early in the third period and Phoenix withstood Ottawa's quick answer to beat the Senators.

Phoenix took a two-goal lead on Vrbata's team-leading 23rd goal 1:30 into the third, but Ottawa's Chris Neil responded with his ninth just 16 seconds later.

Mike Smith kept the Senators from scoring again, making 12 of his 32 saves in the final period to help Phoenix end a three-game skid.

Shane Doan and Gilbert Brule also scored for the Coyotes.

Daniel Alfredsson scored his 17th goal for Ottawa, which has dropped three straight.

PREDATORS 3, BLACKHAWKS 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 24 saves for his ninth straight win and surging Nashville beat Chicago in the teams' final game before the All-Star break.

The Predators are now 12-2 in their last 14 games and have beaten the Blackhawks twice in the last four days. Rinne has played a major role in the run, going 12-1-0 since Dec. 28.

Craig Smith and Mike Fisher had first-period goals for the Predators and Colin Wilson added an empty-netter with 12.8 seconds left.

Dave Bolland scored on a power play in the final period for Chicago, which placed captain Jonathan Toews on injured reserve with a wrist injury before the game.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, ISLANDERS 3, OT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Clarke MacArthur's second goal of the game at 2:06 of overtime lifted Toronto to a sweep of a home-and-home series with the Islanders.

MacArthur took a feed from Mikhail Grabovski and slid the puck into goalie Al Montoya's glove, which was inside the net. Both teams waited on the ice for the official ruling deeming it a goal. It was MacArthur's 14th of the season.

P.A. Parenteau scored for New York with 12.2 seconds left in the third period to force overtime. Goals by John Tavares and Josh Bailey put New York ahead 2-0.

Jake Gardiner and Grabovski also scored in regulation for Toronto.

LIGHTNING 4, BLUE JACKETS 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis both had a goal and an assist to lead Tampa Bay over Columbus.

Mike Angelidis and Nate Thompson also scored for the Lightning, who have won four in a row after a seven-game skid.

Columbus got goals from Brett Lebda and Ryan Johansen. The Blue Jackets, coming off a 4-1 loss at Nashville Monday night, have lost four straight.

Tampa Bay outshot the Blue Jackets 24-11 through two periods and 31-24 overall. Columbus, with an NHL-low 32 points, is 1-18-1 when behind entering the third period.

WILD 3, AVALANCHE 2

DENVER (AP) — Carson McMillan broke a tie midway through the third period after stealing the puck at center ice and Niklas Backstrom stopped 24 shots as Minnesota beat Colorado.

Justin Falk scored his first NHL goal and Dany Heatley added another for the Wild, who halted an 11-game winless streak away from home. They also moved into the eighth and final playoff spot in their final game before the All-Star break, leaping over Colorado.

T.J. Galiardi and Chuck Kobasew scored for the Avalanche.

On the winning goal, McMillan stripped defenseman Shane O'Brien of the puck and skated in alone on Jean-Sebastien Giguere, faking left before sending the puck through Giguere's legs.

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