NHL: Pittsburgh cruises despite bad bounce

2013-02-04T00:00:00Z NHL: Pittsburgh cruises despite bad bounceThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WASHINGTON - It was a game of disputed deflections and odd bounces, with the puck behaving more like that oblong ball with the laces more commonly associated with Super Bowl Sunday.

The strangest carom of all came on a simple dump-in that hit a stanchion along the glass and went into a net deserted by a befuddled goaltender.

The Pittsburgh Penguins weren't fazed by that bit of misfortune that tied the game in the second period, just as the Washington Capitals couldn't take advantage of the stroke of luck.

The third annual Super Bowl warm-up between the Eastern Conference rivals soon turned into a rout, with Chris Kunitz getting a hat trick in the visitors' 6-3 victory.

"I really like our team responding to that bad bounce that happened on the wall," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "Now it's 2-2 - and our team responded well with the penalty kill and getting some goals."

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 straight and four of five to lead the Atlantic Division.

• Canadiens 2, Senators 1: In Montreal, David Desharnais and Erik Cole scored first-period goals and the Canadiens held on.

The win completed a sweep of weekend matinees at home for Montreal (6-2-0) after a 6-1 win Saturday over the Buffalo Sabres. The Canadiens have won five straight at home after dropping their home opener to Toronto on Jan. 19.

Jakob Silfverberg scored for Ottawa (5-3-1), 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.

• Panthers 4, Sabres 3: In Buffalo, N.Y., defenseman Brian Campbell scored on the power play with 10:33 remaining to cap Florida's three-goal rally.

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 its second straight.

Thomas Vanek and Cody Hodgson had a goal and assist each, and Alexander Sulzer also scored for Buffalo, which dropped to 1-5-1 since opening the season with two wins.

• Devils 2, Islanders 0: In Uniondale, N.Y., Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his 22nd career shutout as New Jersey won.

Steve Bernier scored for New Jersey in the third period and David Clarkson added an empty-netter to help the Devils.

While neither the Islanders nor Devils were able to break through in the opening 55 minutes, both teams alternated periods in which they controlled play.

New York outshot the Devils 10-7 in a high-tempo first period, while New Jersey implemented its trademark defensive system in the second.

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