A night of firsts for the Florida Panthers
APSUNRISE, 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.
February 28, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
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.
Bruins 4, Islanders 1 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.
Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders, who are a league-worst 2-8 at home.
Boston is 16-3-1 in its last 20 games against the Islanders, who remain in the basement of the Atlantic Division.
Sabres 2, Lightning 1 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.
Steven Stamkos extended his goals streak to six games with his 14th for Tampa Bay. Miller stopped Stamkos on a point-blank chance in the third.
Capitals 3, Hurricanes 0 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.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby #87 passes the puck as Florida Panthers' Tomas Kopecky #82, of Slovakia, defends during the first period of an NHL game in Sunrise, Florida on ...
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