San Jose shuts out struggling Washington

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WASHINGTON --- Logan Couture broke a scoreless tie with 8:05 to play, Antti Niemi had 25 saves for his second consecutive shutout, and the San Jose Sharks ran their defensive-minded winning streak to four games Tuesday, beating the Washington Capitals 2-0.

Sharks goalie Antti Niemi goes for the puck under pressure from Capitals right wing Mike Knuble during the second period. 
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Sharks goalie Antti Niemi goes for the puck under pressure from Capitals right wing Mike Knuble during the second period.

Dan Boyle added another goal, this time from the right circle with 5:53 to go, as the Sharks extended their points streak to nine games and improved to 3-0 on their seven-game road trip.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, ISLANDERS 3

In Uniondale, N.Y., Tomas Kaberle scored the first of Toronto's three third-period goals to break a tie and the Maple Leafs took advantage of New York's emergency goalie, snapping a five-game, road-losing streak.

New York was forced to start Mikko Koskinen in his NHL debut after second-string goalie Kevin Poulin appeared to injure his left leg during pregame warmups, minutes before the opening faceoff.

BLUE JACKETS 4, PENGUINS 1

In Pittsburgh, Rick Nash and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and an assist to lead Columbus.

Samuel Pahlsson and Antoine Vermette also scored for Columbus, and Steve Mason was sensational in net with 32 saves.

DEVILS 3, HURRICANES 2 (OT)

In Newark, N.J., Mattias Tedenby scored his second goal of the game 2:42 into overtime and New Jersey continued its winning ways.

Nick Palmieri forced overtime with a goal with 2:54 to play and Johan Hedberg made 20 saves and picked up an assist on the game-winner in helping the Devils win for the 10th time since Jan. 9 (10-1-2).

BLUES 2, PANTHERS 1

In Sunrise, Fla., Matt D'Agostini scored the tiebreaking goal with 4 minutes left and St. Louis beat Florida.

David Backes also scored and Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves for the Blues, who snapped a four-game road losing streak.

SABRES 7, LIGHTNING 4

In Tampa, Fla., Drew Stafford had three goals and Buffalo scored three times in a span of 1:42 during a five-goal third period.

Goals by Tim Connolly (10:14), Thomas Vanek (11:01) and Stafford (11:56) put Buffalo ahead 6-3.


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