NHL Wrap: JVR nets two in Leafs' victory

NHL Wrap: JVR nets two in Leafs' victory
February 6, 2013, 12:30 am
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Tom Sestito was the unlikely hero Tuesday night, scoring twice in the Flyers' 2-1 victory over the Lightning (see story).

Here's a wrap of other action from around the league:

JVR nets two, Leafs win
WASHINGTON -- James Van Riemsdyk took advantage of the latest Washington Capitals calamity, swooping in when a defenseman and goaltender couldn't decide who was going to play the puck.

Van Riemsdyk scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season Tuesday night, while Korbinian Holzer scored on just the fourth shot of his NHL career to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over a mistake-prone Capitals team that already sounds like a broken record.

"You run out of cliches to say to the guys, obviously," Washington coach Adam Oates said.

The Capitals have lost eight of 10 to start the season and sit at the bottom of the NHL standings, so the last thing they need is the kind of embarrassing miscommunication that put them in a 1-0 hole in the first period. Goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Tom Poti both went behind the net for the puck - and neither ended up with it. (See full recap.)

Pens hold off Isles
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Sidney Crosby managed to smile despite a swollen nose that was still bleeding long after it was struck by a puck.

The Penguins captain had reason to be happy. His nose wasn't broken, and Pittsburgh held off the New York Islanders in a third period that turned more tense than expected.

Pittsburgh built a three-goal lead, and Marc-Andre Fleury seemed on track for a shutout, but New York rallied to get within one before falling short in a 4-2 loss on Tuesday night.

The Islanders had been the only Atlantic Division rival the Penguins hadn't beaten this season. Pittsburgh escaped despite facing seven power plays against, including one with under seven minutes left when New York pressed for the tying goal. (See full recap.)

Devils win playoff rematch
NEWARK, N.J. -- A year after beating them in the Eastern Conference finals, the New Jersey Devils still have the New York Rangers' number.

The reasons haven't changed, either.

Martin Brodeur is playing great, Adam Henrique is still being a thorn in the Rangers' side and the Devils are getting contributions from everyone, with David Clarkson stepping up big-time.

Brodeur made 24 saves, Henrique put the Devils ahead early and Clarkson scored twice and set up another as New Jersey beat the Rangers, 3-1, Tuesday in their first meeting since New Jersey beat them in six games in the playoffs. Patrik Elias added three assists.

"That's a huge game for us," Clarkson said after the Devils won their second straight after snapping a four-game winless streak. "We knew we had to come out hard. We did a lot of good things as a team tonight. Marty played unbelievable." (See full recap.)

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