Kunitz has hat trick as Penguins beat Capitals

Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz (center) celebrates with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Kunitz had a hat trick in the Penguins' win over Washington.

WASHINGTON — Chris Kunitz scored a hat trick in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Super Bowl Sunday visit to the nation’s capital, leading a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals that reflected both teams’ fortunes so far in the lockout-shortened season.


Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Matt Cooke also scored, Sidney Crosby had three assists, and Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves against his former team for the Penguins, who have won three in a row and four of five to lead the Atlantic Division.

Mike Green, John Carlson and Mike Ribeiro scored for the Capitals – and Carlson’s goal was an accident that took a weird carom off a stanchion along the glass.


In Uniondale, N.Y., Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his 22nd career shutout and the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Islanders.

Steve Bernier scored for New Jersey in the third period and David Clarkson added an empty-netter to help the Devils snap a four-game winless streak (0-1-3).


In Buffalo, N.Y., Defenseman Brian Campbell scored on the power play with 10:33 remaining to cap Florida’s three-goal rally and the Panthers beat the Buffalo Sabres.

Peter Mueller, George Parros and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers, who won their first road game of the season and snapped a seven-game road winless drought (0-5-2) dating to last season. Florida rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win two straight since enduring a five-game skid.


In Montreal, David Desharnais and Erik Cole scored first-period goals and the Montreal Canadiens (6-2-0) held on for a victory over the Ottawa Senators (5-3-1).

Jakob Silfverberg scored for Ottawa, which was coming off a 1-0 loss at Carolina on Friday night.

Senators goalie Craig Anderson has not conceded a goal after the first period in eight games this season.



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