National Hockey League Game Capsules

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Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brenden Morrow scored a pair of goals to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Tuesday. Vladimir Tarasenko and Magnus Paajarvi also scored and Chris Stewart added a pair of assists for the Blues, winners in six of their last eight games. Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves in the win. Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who have dropped two in a row. Ryan Miller allowed all four goals on 31 shots in the setback.

Final Score: Toronto 5, NY Islanders 2

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Kessel scored twice and Trevor Smith added a goal and two assists, as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the New York Islanders, 5-2, on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre. Mason Raymond and David Clarkson notched a goal apiece, while Joffrey Lupul registered three assists for the Leafs, who have won two straight. Jonathan Bernier backstopped the victory with 35 saves. Frans Nielsen and Casey Cizikas each scored once for the Islanders, who have lost six of their last eight games. Kevin Poulin permitted all five goals on 24 shots in defeat.

Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Ottawa 2

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kimmo Timonen scored with 8:30 to play and Wayne Simmonds notched a goal moments later, as the Philadelphia Flyers took a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Adam Hall also potted goals, while Steve Mason stopped 32 shots for the Flyers, who have won four of their last five games. Clarke MacArthur had a goal and an assist while Kyle Turris also scored for the Senators, who have lost three of their last four. Robin Lehner gave up four goals on 41 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Montreal 6, Minnesota 2

Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Pacioretty scored the first three goals of the game to notch his second career hat trick as Montreal Canadiens cruised to a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Michael Bournival, Daniel Briere and Alex Galchenyuk also lit the lamp for the Canadiens, winners in two of their last three games. Nino Niederreiter and Dany Heatley had one goal apiece for the Wild, who had won four straight entering the contest.

Final Score: Nashville 2, Detroit 0

Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Marek Mazanec made 27 saves to notch his first career shutout, as the Nashville Predators extended Detroit's longest losing streak in over 20 years with a 2-0 triumph over the Red Wings on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. Gabriel Bourque and Shea Weber each had a goal for the Predators, who have won two straight. Detroit, on the other hand, has lost seven straight games for the first time since Jan. 14-30, 1991. The Red Wings had registered a point in five in a row despite the losing streak, but saw Jimmy Howard allow both goals on 25 shots to drop their eighth straight home game.

Final Score: Boston 2, NY Rangers 1

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Tuukka Rask stopped 43 shots as the Boston Bruins took a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton each scored for the Bruins, who have won six of their last seven games. Derick Brassard had the lone goal of the game for the Rangers, who have lost three of their last four. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Colorado 5, Chicago 1

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Stastny scored once and added an assist, while Semyon Varlamov posted 36 saves, as the Colorado Avalanche buried the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-1, on Tuesday at Pepsi Center. John Mitchell, PA Parenteau, Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each lit the lamp once to help the Avalanche snap a season-high three-game skid. Corey Crawford gave up three goals on seven shots in the first period before being removed in favor of rookie Antti Raanta, who saved 14 shots in relief in his NHL debut. Brandon Saad scored the lone goal of the game for the Blackhawks, who have lost two of their last three games.

Final Score: Edmonton 7, Columbus 0

Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - David Perron had two goals and two assists as the Edmonton Oilers cruised to a 7-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov and Ryan Smyth added one goal and one assist, while Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz finished with one goal apiece for the Oilers, who have won two straight on the heels of a five-game slide. Devan Dubnyk turned aside all 14 shots he faced in the win. Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 18 shots and Curtis McElhinney allowed three goals on 14 shots for the Blue Jackets, losers in nine of their last 11 games.

Final Score: Florida 3, Vancouver 2 (SO)

Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Huberdeau scored the lone goal in the shootout and Tim Thomas stopped all three attempts in the tiebreaker to give the Florida Panthers an extremely rare 3-2 road victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Thomas denied Mike Santorelli, Alexandre Burrows and Chris Higgins in the shootout to secure the Panthers' first win in Vancouver since Mar. 7, 1994 -- the franchise's first season in existence. Thomas finished with 27 saves while Brad Boyes and Shawn Matthias scored in regulation for the Panthers, who have won three of their last four. Roberto Luongo put together a solid showing with 34 saves, but it was not enough to end Vancouver's losing streak, which at five games (0-3-2) is the club's longest since an 0-5-3 skid from Jan. 9-31, 2009. Higgins and Jannik Hansen netted regulation goals for the Canucks, though the former hit the post on the final shootout attempt.

Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Tampa Bay 2

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams and Matt Frattin each posted a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings took a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Dustin Brown and Dwight King each scored, while Ben Scrivens stopped 19 shots for the Kings, who have won four straight. Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist and Valtteri Filppula scored the other goal for the Lightning, who have lost the first two games of a four-game road trip. Ben Bishop gave up all five goals on 31 shots in the loss.

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