Check out recaps of Saturday’s NHL games featuring non-Canadian teams.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild chased St. Louis Blues starter Brian Elliott from the net on route to a 6-3 victory. Justin Lafontaine scored and set up two others while Ryan Suter, Charlie Coyle and Jonas Brodin enjoyed two-point performances.
MIAMI HERALD: Brandon Pirri scored the winner in a shootout and Roberto Luongo made 26 saves as the Florida Panthers edged the Boston Bruins 2-1 to move to within four points of the Bruins for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins also lost defenseman Dougie Hamilton to a suspected shoulder injury. No details yet as to the severity of Hamilton’s injury.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Mats Zuccarello’s shootout goal lifted the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Despite their current hot streak, however, there’s some concern over the Rangers’ recent play, as they haven’t been at their best.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders snapped a four-game losing skid with a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, while Ryan Strome tallied a goal and set up another.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators ended a five-game home losing streak by blanking the Buffalo Sabres 3-0. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to collect his fourth shutout of the season. Sabres goalie Matt Hackett turned aside 40 shots.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves for his 32nd career shutout as the Dallas Stars blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. Alex Goligoski and Patrick Eaves enjoyed two-point performances, while Blackhawk defenseman Kimmo Timonen played his 1,100th career NHL game.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins ended their four-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was unable to play due to a nagging injury unrelated to the recent concussion which sidelined him for several weeks.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”