Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Penguins shut out Canadiens
nGoalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun combine to stop 37 shots and Sidney Crosby scores the game's only goal, extending Pittsburgh's winning streak to 13. ASSOCIATED PRESS,
Sidney Crosby scored the game's only goal late in the second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to 13 with a 1-0 victory over Montreal on Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 22 shots he faced but did not play in the third period following a collision in front of the Penguins' net. Tomas Vokoun filled in and made 15 saves to give Pittsburgh just the fourth combined shutout in franchise history.
Fleury appeared woozy after getting slammed into by teammate Tyler Kennedy and Montreal's Brian Gionta late in the second period. He laid on the ice for a moment to collect himself, but did not come out of the dressing room for the third.
Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadiens, but couldn't stop Montreal from losing consecutive games for the first time this season.
Crosby finally broke through in a tight game with 6:41 remaining in the second period, taking a long lead pass from Chris Kunitz then sending a wrist shot from the right circle over Price's right shoulder for his 15th goal of the season.
Fleury and Vokoun made it stand up on a night the Penguins were outshot 37-25. Pittsburgh has allowed just nine goals in the last nine games of its run, the lowest total in the NHL.
The Penguins didn't take long putting newly acquired forward Brenden Morrow to work, sending him out to take the opening faceoff. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma kept his newest acquisition on the move, sending him out with different combinations looking to find a rhythm.
Montreal did its best to prevent Pittsburgh from finding any, taking away open ice early and spending most of the time keeping Fleury busy. It hardly looked like the wild 7-6 overtime victory by the Penguins three weeks ago that kick-started their march through March.
Pittsburgh needed more than six minutes to register a shot, then again coach Michel Therrien knows a few things about handling the Penguins. He coached Pittsburgh to the 2008 Stanley Cup finals before Bylsma replaced him in February 2009, and promptly led the Penguins to a title.
Montreal spent most of the night driving at Fleury. He was more than equal to the task and spectacular at times, helped by a pair of shots by Canadiens forward Michael Ryder that hit off the post.
Fleury's night ended shortly after getting crunched by Gionta and Kennedy, though Vokoun looked sharp on short notice as Pittsburgh set a new franchise record for wins in a month.
Islanders 3, Capitals 2: John Tavares broke a tie with 5:18 left to help New York beat Washington.
Matt Moulson forced a turnover by Washington defenseman Mike Green next to the Capitals' net and fed Tavares in the right circle for his 20th goal of the season. Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders.
Mike Ribeiro and John Carlson scored for Washington.
New York's Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves to improve to 12-1-2 lifetime against Washington.
Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots for Washington.
Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2: Joffrey Lupul scored twice in the third period, and Ben Scrivens made 40 saves in the Toronto victory Florida.
Lupul scored on a power play 22 seconds into the third to put Toronto ahead 2-1. Florida tied it 23 seconds later when Shawn Matthias banked in the puck off Leafs defenseman Mike Kostka, and Lupul brought the Air Canada Centre crowd to its feet again at 3:12 with his second of the game.
Blackhawks 2, Flames 0: Ray Emery made 16 saves for his first shutout in more than three years, defensemen Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook scored, and Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over Calgary.
Jets 4, Hurricanes 1: Evander Kane had a goal and three assists to lead Winnipeg past Carolina.
Lightning 2, Sabres 1: Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist and Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo.
Oilers 3, Blues 0: Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 43 shots and Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist and Edmonton shut out St. Louis.
Fleming dies: Longtime NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming has died. He was 62.
Hockey Canada said Fleming died Monday in Calgary, Alberta, after a battle with brain cancer.
Fleming spent 14 seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning. He also coached internationally, including stints as head coach of Leksand in Sweden, EV Landshut in Germany and Avangard Omsk in Russia.