Maatta’s late goal help Penguins make in 13th in a row at home



THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published — Friday 17 January 2014

Last update 16 January 2014 6:31 pm

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PITTSBURGH: Olli Maatta’s slap shot beat Michal Neuvirth with less than 2 minutes remaining and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied by the Washington Capitals 4-3 Wednesday night.
Maatta’s fourth goal of the season gave Pittsburgh its only lead as the Penguins won their 13th straight home game, a club record.
Jussi Jokinen, Taylor Pyatt and Kris Letang also scored for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots to pick up his NHL-leading 27th victory.
Alexander Ovechkin’s 34th goal of the season gave Washington a 3-2 lead midway through the third period but the Capitals collapsed over the final 10 minutes. Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera also scored for Washington, which lost for the seventh time in nine games. Neuvirth made 33 stops, but didn’t see Maatta’s blast from the point with 1:54 left.
Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 (SO): Tyler Bozak scored the third and decisive goal in a shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Buffalo Sabres.
Phil Kessel Nikolai Kulemin and defenseman Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs in regulation, while Cody Hodgson and left wingers Matt Ellis and Matt Moulson responded for the Sabres.
James Reimer, who started in the Toronto (24-20-5) goal for only the second time this month, stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime.
Buffalo (13-27-6) goaltender Ryan Miller made 36 saves.
All three Maple Leafs shooters, left wingers James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul as well as Bozak, scored in the shootout.
Moulson scored on the first Sabres attempt in the shootout but Reimer stopped Hodgson’s effort before Bozak netted to seal the contest.
Ducks 9, Canucks 1: Wingers Corey Perry, Nick Bonino and Teemu Selanne scored two goals each and goaltender Frederik Andersen made 31 saves as the Anaheim Ducks demolished the Vancouver Canucks.
Perry also added two assists for a four-point night.
The Ducks (36-8-5) got balanced scoring with wingers Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg also potting goals in a dominating performance that kept them undefeated in regulation at home this season.
They extended their record at Honda Center to 20-0-2.
Vancouver (24-15-9) wilted after a competitive opening 20 minutes and lost for the seventh time in eight road games in California this season.
Winger Zack Kassian scored the lone Vancouver goal and Eddie Lack stopped 10-of-13 shots before being pulled.

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