Kopecky, Fleischmann lift Panthers past Penguins


Published — Thursday 28 February 2013

Last update 27 February 2013 11:57 pm

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SUNRISE, Florida: Tomas Kopecky recorded his first career hat trick and Tomas Fleischmann had the go-ahead score for his 100th career goal, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Brian Campbell and Marcel Goc also scored, and Fleischmann added two assists for the Panthers. Scott Clemmensen stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third after replacing Jose Theodore during the second intermission. Theodore stopped 15 of 19 shots through the first and second periods.
Chris Kunitz, Dustin Jeffrey, Paul Martin and James Neal scored for the Penguins. Mark Andre-Fleury made 12 saves for Pittsburgh and Sidney Crosby had two assists.
Kopecky, who has six goals in his last six games, scored his third of the game on an empty-netter from his own blue line that made the score 6-4 with one minute left.
Coyotes 4 Canucks 2: In Vancouver, British Columbia, Kyle Chipchura scored twice and Mike Smith made 29 saves to lead Phoenix to a victory over Vancouver.
Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker each added a goal and an assist for Phoenix, which was coming off back-to-back losses to Edmonton and Calgary over the weekend.
Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin scored, and Cory Schneider made 18 saves for Vancouver.
Boedker scored in the second and then assisted on Vermette’s third-period goal that proved the winner, helping the Coyotes win on the road in regulation for the first time this season.
Bruins 4 Islanders 1: In Uniondale, New York, Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Boston beat New York for the 16th time in the last 20 meetings.
Adam McQuaid, David Krejci and Greg Campbell also scored for the Bruins (12-2-2), who won their fourth straight to bolster their best start since the 1976-77 season. All four victories have come on the road, where the Bruins are 8-1-1.
Sabres 2 Lightning 1: In Tampa, Florida, Tyler Myers scored a go-ahead goal early in third period, helping Ron Rolston win for the first time as Buffalo’s interim coach with a victory over Tampa Bay. Myers made it 2-1 from the top of the left circle 52 seconds into the third after a Tampa Bay turnover. Rolston replaced long-time Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff on Feb. 20.
Ryan Miller made 30 saves and improved to 19-7-0 against the Lightning. The Sabres also got a goal from Cody Hodgson, while Thomas Vanek had two assists.
Capitals 3 Hurricanes 0: In Washington, Nicklas Backstrom scored in the first period and assisted on John Erskine’s goal in the second, leading Washington over Carolina.
John Carlson scored in the third and Braden Holtby, who signed a two-year contract extension Monday, made 33 saves to earn his fifth career shutout for the Capitals.
After a miserable start to the season, Washington has back-to-back wins by more than one goal for the first time this season. The victory moved the Capitals within four points of the Hurricanes, who led the NHL’s weakling division at the start of the day’s play.
Stars 5 Blue Jackets 4, OT: In Columbus, Ohio, Loui Eriksson fought off two defenders to get his stick on a rebound and jammed it in 3:03 into overtime to give Dallas a victory over Columbus.
Cody Eakin had given the Stars a 4-3 lead with 6:24 left in regulation, but R.J. Umberger scored from the right hash with just 1:34 remaining to force overtime.
Jets 4 Rangers 3: In New York, Olli Jokinen scored twice and Evander Kane had a goal and assist in the second period for surging Winnipeg, which closed a 4-1 road trip with a win over New York.
After a scoreless first period, Jokinen broke the deadlock 5:55 into the second off an assist from Kane, who then gave Winnipeg a 2-0 lead 1:07 later with his eighth goal of the season.
Kane added his second of the game and ninth of the season in the third period — in between a pair of Rangers tallies — as three goals were scored in a span of 1:13 that brought New York within 4-3.
Wild 2 Flames 1, OT: In St. Paul, Minnesota, Zach Parise scored 27 seconds into OT to lift Minnesota over Calgary.
With the Wild sputtering on offense once again, Jason Zucker scored for Minnesota with 4:19 left in regulation to send it to overtime.
Calgary’s Mark Giordano was then given a delay-of-game penalty with 43 seconds to go. The penalty carried over into the extra period, and Parise beat goalie Joey MacDonald for the 4-on-3 winner. Parise’s goal was only Minnesota’s fourth in its last 41 power-play opportunities.
Sharks 3 Avalanche 2, SO: In San Jose, California, Patrick Marleau scored in the fourth round of the shootout, Antti Niemi stopped three shots in the final session and the San Jose Sharks showed signs of coming out of a monthlong slump with a victory over the Avalanche.
Michal Handzus made the first shot and two Sharks missed before Marleau shook Semyon Varlamov, sneaking the puck between the goaltender’s legs for the winning score. Niemi turned aside 25 of 27 shots before the shootout and tossed aside John Mitchell’s attempt to send it to a fifth round.
Logan Couture and TJ Galiardi also scored goals for the Sharks, who snapped a two-game losing streak. San Jose has won eight straight at home, including three in overtime.

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