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NHL: Fisher stars as Predators beat Canucks

BRUTALIZED:The Canucks fared poorly, with Dale Weise scoring their only goal of the game after they missed an opportunity to draw level with Detroit for the league lead


Nashville’s Mike Fisher scored a power-play goal and added two assists to lift the Predators to a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday in a clash of two of the NHL Western Conference’s top four teams.

Sergei Kostitsyn and David Legwand also scored for the Predators. Fisher, who sat out Sunday’s game in Dallas because of illness, broke the scoreless tie 5 minutes, 42 seconds into the second period.

Dale Weise had the lone goal for the Canucks, who missed an opportunity to move level with Detroit for the league lead.


In Chicago, Corey Crawford made 31 saves to help Chicago hold off Detroit in a matchup of Central Division rivals missing their top centers.

Jimmy Hayes scored the tying goal in the second period and set up Marcus Kruger’s winning score in the third as Chicago earned their fourth consecutive victory.

Valtteri Filppula had opened the scoring with a power-play goal for NHL-leading Detroit, which had won six in a row.

The Red Wings were without leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk, while Chicago were missing star center Jonathan Toews due to an upper-body injury.


In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots to tie the franchise record for career shutouts, helping Pittsburgh top Eastern Conference-leading New York.

Evgeni Malkin scored his 33rd goal of the season and added an assist on Steve Sullivan’s tally to help the Penguins bounce back from a listless loss in Buffalo, New York, on Sunday.

Pittsburgh posted their first home win over the Rangers since 2009.


In Toronto, Mark Fayne scored just over a minute into overtime to give New Jersey victory over Toronto.

Fayne’s weak shot from the point somehow found its way through goalie Jonas Gustavsson.

Petr Sykora had a goal and an assist for New Jersey, while David Clarkson and former Maple Leafs forward Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Devils, who have won four games in a row.

Phil Kessel’s 31st goal of the season for Toronto came with 44 seconds left in regulation, forcing overtime. Tim Connolly had scored in the first period, while Clarke MacArthur added a goal in the second.


In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jaromir Jagr scored in overtime to lift Philadelphia over Winnipeg in yet another high-scoring affair between these teams.

Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds had sent the game into the extra period with a goal with 10 seconds left in regulation.

Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists, Scott Hartnell added a goal and an assist and Maxime Talbot also scored for the Flyers.

Andrew Ladd scored a pair of goals 64 seconds apart, while Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane also netted for the Jets.

These two teams played each other four times this year for an aggregated of 39 goals, including the Jets 9-8 win last October.


In Glendale, Arizona, Radim Vrbata scored his second goal late in regulation as Phoenix rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Los Angeles in a shootout.

Shane Doan also had two goals to help extend Phoenix’s point streak to nine games.

Vrbata scored on a power play with 2:27 left, then Ray Whitney and Mikkel Boedker scored for Phoenix in the shootout, which ended when Los Angeles defenseman Jack Johnson missed wide right.

Drew Doughty, Andrei Loktionov and Dustin Brown scored in the first period, while Justin Williams added his 12th goal in the second for the Kings.

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