Penguins defeat the Ducks 3-2 in clash of top conference contenders
March 9, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
ANAHEIM, California -- Pittsburgh won 3-2 at Anaheim after a shootout in Friday's clash of the NHL's two divisional leaders, with Evgeni Malkin scoring the Penguins' tying goal during a power play in the third period and Brandon Sutter netting the winner in a six-round shootout.
The victory moved Pittsburgh three points ahead of Boston in the fight for top spot in the Eastern Conference, while Anaheim's point eked out its lead in the West to three points over St. Louis.
Behind those leaders, the fight over playoff spots in the East intensified, with Detroit crushing New Jersey and the New York Rangers beating Carolina.
Anaheim's Corey Perry twice put the Ducks ahead but Pittsburgh responded both times, with defenseman Deryk Engelland scoring a tying goal in the first period before Malkin's late equalizer.
Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf assisted on both Perry's goals, but missed a chance to extend the shootout with a shot over the net — making him 0 for 6 this season in tiebreakers.
Detroi's Johan Franzen had two goals and two assists to lead the Red Wings to a 7-4 win over New Jersey.
Gustav Nyquist had a goal and three assists and David Legwand a goal and two assists while Brendan Smith, Kyle Quincey and Drew Miller also scored for Detroit, which moved four points above the Devils in the playoff race.
Adam Henrique had two goals and Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr also scored for New Jersey.
New York's Derek Stepan scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 2:45 left in the game, and the Rangers went on to beat Carolina 4-2.
Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh scored earlier for the Rangers and Carl Hagelin added an empty netter in the final minute to give New York its 10th straight win over the Hurricanes.
Carolina gave up two delay-of-game penalties in the final five minutes to give New York a two-man advantage.
Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner scored for Carolina.
Calgary scored three goals — two from Joe Colborne — in less than five minutes of the third period to overrun the New York Islanders and win 4-3.
Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo made 25 saves in his return to the team after a trade deal, helping the Panthers beat Buffalo 2-0.