National Hockey League Game Capsules

The Sports NetworkJanuary 2, 2014 

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Marchand netted the game-winner 54 seconds into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday at TD Garden. Less than a minute into the extra session, Marchand picked up the puck at the left point and stepped around a defender before throwing a low shot on net that snuck through a screen and found the back of the cage to snap the Bruins' two-game slide. Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk each lit the lamp in regulation for the Bruins, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season thanks in large part to a solid NHL debut from goaltender Niklas Svedberg. The 24- year-old Swede stopped 33 shots to backstop the triumph. Shea Weber recorded a goal and an assist, while Viktor Stalberg scored once for the Predators, who had won their last two games. Marek Mazanec allowed all three goals on 25 shots in defeat.

Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Chicago 2 (OT)

Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Okposo's goal 58 seconds into overtime lifted the New York Islanders to a season-high third straight win, a 3-2 decision over the Chicago Blackhawks that also ended a lengthy losing skid at Nassau Coliseum for the home team. Casey Cizikas and Thomas Vanek also scored and Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 37 shots in the Islanders' first victory on home ice since a shootout triumph over Detroit on Nov. 16. New York had gone 0-4-4 at Nassau Coliseum since that result. Chicago fought back from a 2-0 deficit to gain a point on goals from Brent Seabrook and Ben Smith. Corey Crawford, returning from a 10-game absence caused by a groin injury, recorded 31 saves in the loss.

Final Score: Carolina 4, Washington 3 (OT)

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Skinner picked up right where he left off at the end of the 2013 calendar year. Skinner completed his second career hat trick 1:20 into overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. A Washington turnover in the offensive zone triggered a 3-on-1 rush by Carolina during overtime. Skinner, who scored 12 goals in December to tie Chicago's Patrick Sharp for the NHL lead, tapped in Ryan Murphy's feed past Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer. Manny Malhotra had the other goal for Carolina, which has won two straight -- both in overtime -- after an 0-3-2 skid. Anton Khudobin made 38 saves in his first action for the Hurricanes since he suffered an ankle injury on Oct. 13. Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer and Steve Oleksy all scored during a lively second period for the Capitals, who have dropped three games in a row and five of six overall. Grubauer stopped 29 shots.

Final Score: Ottawa 4, Winnipeg 3

Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Mika Zibanejad posted a goal and an assist as the Ottawa Senators posted a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. Milan Michalek, Zack Smith and Clarke MacArthur all posted goals for the Senators, who have won four of their last five. Craig Anderson stopped 32 shots in the win. Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist, with Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen also scoring for the Jets, who had a three-game winning streak stopped. Al Montoya allowed all four goals on 29 shots in the loss.

Final Score: St. Louis 5, Los Angeles 0

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - T.J. Oshie scored two goals, Brian Elliott made 30 saves and the St. Louis Blues extended the woes of the slumping Los Angeles Kings with a 5-0 thrashing at Scot trade Center. Brenden Morrow had a goal and one assist for the Blues, who won their fourth game in a row. Elliott recorded his third shutout of the season in the 100th win for Ken Hitchcock as St. Louis' head coach. Martin Jones got the start between the pipes for Los Angeles, but was pulled in the second period after allowing two goals on 14 shots. Ben Scrivens stopped only nine shots in relief as the Kings lost their fifth consecutive game, all in regulation.

Final Score: Minnesota 4, Buffalo 1

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville potted goals 1:46 apart during Minnesota's three-goal second period, as the Wild snapped their season-long six-game slide with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. Jason Zucker capped the second- period surge with his first goal of the season, while Niklas Backstrom backstopped the victory with 19 saves. Matt Ellis spoiled Backstrom's shutout bid with a late marker and Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 31 shots for the Sabres, who have lost four of their last six games.

Final Score: Montreal 6, Dallas 4

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Lars Eller scored the winner in the third period to help the Montreal Canadiens take down the Dallas Stars, 5-4, on Thursday. Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, while P.K. Subban added a goal and three assists for the Canadiens, who had dropped their previous two coming in. Carey Price gave up four goals on 32 shots. Tyler Seguin, Valeri Nichushkin, Jamie Benn and Brenden Dillon all scored for the Stars, who had won five of seven and had registered at least a point in those seven games. Kari Lehtonen allowed five goals on 27 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Colorado 2, Philadelphia 1

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves to backstop the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Pepsi Center. Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn scored the goals for Colorado, which has won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 29-30. Wayne Simmonds was the only player to beat Varlamov, who stood tall when the Flyers made a late push. Steve Mason stopped 29 shots for Philadelphia, which had won the first three stops of its six-game road trip and four straight overall.

Final Score: Columbus 2, Phoenix 0

Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Nathan Horton lit the lamp in his long- awaited Blue Jackets debut and Curtis McElhinney stopped 34 shots for his second shutout of the season as Columbus clipped the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-0, on Thursday at Jobing.com Arena. Columbus signed Horton to a seven-year, $37.1 million contract in July, but the 28-year-old forward underwent shoulder surgery not long after inking the deal, causing him to miss the Blue Jackets' first 40 games this season. R.J. Umberger registered Columbus' other goal, while McElhinney turned aside a whopping 21 shots in the final frame to help the Blue Jackets hang on for their fourth victory in six tries. Mike Smith allowed both goals on 31 shots for the Coyotes, who had a six-game point streak halted.

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