NHL Wrap: Pens stop Sharks, win fifth straight

NHL Wrap: Pens stop Sharks, win fifth straight
December 6, 2013, 12:45 am
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Marc-Andre Fleury made 44 saves in the Penguins' 5-1 win over the Sharks. (USA Today Images)

PITTSBURGH -- The San Jose Sharks kept coming at Marc-Andre Fleury. From the point. From the left circle. From the right circle. From the slot. From right in front of the net.

The more shots the Sharks fired at the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie, the more creative he became. A pad here, a stick there. Fleury even found a way to make a few of his 44 stops while doing an impersonation of a snow angel in a 5-1 victory Thursday night.

"When they don't go in, it's fun," Fleury said with a laugh. "It makes you feel more a part of the action."

Of course, getting staked to a massive lead helps.

Chris Kunitz scored twice during a four-goal outburst early in the second period as Pittsburgh won its fifth straight. Pascal Dupuis, Jayson Megna and Kris Letang also scored for the Penguins, who snapped San Jose's six-game winning streak. Sidney Crosby added three assists in his 500th career game to push his point total to an NHL-leading 42 (see full recap).


Habs edge Boston, extend point streak
MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty was hardly in the mood to celebrate after his game-winning goal for the Canadiens.

The big forward sent Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the hospital with a first-period check into the boards Thursday night, then scored the go-ahead goal in the second during Montreal's 2-1 victory.

Pacioretty's ninth goal in the last nine games helped the Canadiens stretch their unbeaten run to nine games (8-0-1). It also put Montreal (18-9-3) in first place in the Atlantic Division, a point ahead of Boston (18-8-2), which has two games in hand (see full recap).


Scandella gives Wild win over 'Hawks
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Last spring, the Chicago Blackhawks disposed of the Minnesota Wild in five games of the first-round playoff series on their way to the Stanley Cup championship.

With the Blackhawks now a Central Division rival in the realigned NHL, the Wild have their hands full. But they've clearly closed the gap.

Marco Scandella's slap shot with 1:48 left, the defenseman's first goal this season, lifted the Wild to a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday (see full recap).