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NHL: Vokoun blanks Capitals for Panthers 3-0


Dustin Brown, right, of the Los Angeles Kings checks the Calgary Flames’ Mark Giordano to the ice during the second period of their NHL game on Thursday in Los Angeles.


Tomas Vokoun stopped 36 shots in his third shutout of the season as the Florida Panthers ended a six-game losing streak against the Washington Capitals with a 3-0 victory on Thursday.

Michael Frolik, Steve Bernier and Mike Santorelli scored for the Panthers, who have won a season-high three straight. Florida went 0-6 against Washington last season.

Vokoun has 19 shutouts with the Panthers and 41 overall in 13 NHL seasons.


In Boston, Milan Lucic scored two goals and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves to lift the Boston Bruins over the New York Islanders.

Boston extended the Islanders’ futility to 1-15-3 in their past 19 games. New York, which has lost 11 straight road games, hasn’t won since beating New Jersey at home on Nov. 26.


In Toronto, Danny Briere scored twice as the Philadelphia Flyers cruised over Toronto after building a three-goal lead.

Briere scored Philadelphia’s final two goals to give him a team-leading 16 this season. Ville Leino and Chris Pronger put the Flyers ahead 2-0 in the first period. Brian Boucher made 31 saves.

Mikhail Grabovski scored his third goal in three games.


In Ottawa, Michael Sauer scored his first NHL goal on a power play with 5:19 left to break a tie as the New York Rangers beat Ottawa.

The defenseman took a cross-ice pass from Brandon Prust and drove a slap shot past goalie Brian Elliott to give New York its first lead. Erik Christensen drew the Rangers even for the third time earlier in the period. Brandon Dubinsky scored into an empty net with 51.9 seconds remaining.

Derek Stepan and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for New York, which replied quickly after each of Ottawa’s first two goals.

Mike Fisher scored twice, Jason Spezza added a goal for the Senators, who have lost 10 of 13.


In Buffalo, New York, Paul Gaustad had two goals and an assist, Thomas Vanek scored twice, and Ryan Miller made 26 saves to help lead Buffalo over San Jose.

Cody McCormick had a goal and two assists, and Jason Pominville also scored for Buffalo, which has won four of six.

The Sabres are 14-1 at home against the Sharks.

Rookie center Logan Couture had a goal and assist, and Marc--Edouard Vlasic and Douglas -Murray also scored for San Jose.


In St Louis, Missouri, Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves as St Louis broke out of a deep power-play slump with a season-high three man-advantage goals against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blues, who entered the game in an 0-for-22 drought, dating to Nov. 20, got advantage goals from Alex Steen, Jay McClement and Vladimir Sobotka.

David Backes had a goal and two assists, and Erik Johnson had two assists as the Blues won their second straight after a five-game skid.


In Glendale, Arizona, Andrew Brunette scored his second goal on a rare power-play conversion as Minnesota ended a five-game losing streak with a victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Brunette scored on a one-timer in the first period and added a redirect midway through the third period for Minnesota’s second power-play goal in 32 chances. Niklas Backstrom stopped 33 shots to end a four-start losing streak, and Brent Burns added a goal to help the Wild to their first win at Phoenix since 2008.

Phoenix got a goal from Taylor Pyatt with a two-man advantage with just under a minute left, but couldn’t generate any more good chances. Pyatt also scored in the first period for the Coyotes, who have lost four of six.

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