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Fleury stops 29 as Penguins edge Devils

AP, PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania

The Capitals’ Brooks Laich, left, and Yannick Weber of the Canucks vie for the puck during their game at the Verizon Center in Washington on Tuesday.

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Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for his NHL-leading fifth shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Tuesday.

Fleury matched his career high for shutouts in a season and was rarely tested by the Devils, who have just one victory in their past eight games.

Evgeni Malkin scored the game’s only goal 3 minutes, 32 seconds into the third period, taking a feed from Blake Comeau and tucking it under Cory Schneider’s outstretched arm for his 12th score of the season.

Schneider made 22 saves, but received little help. New Jersey generated few quality chances against Fleury, who has won six straight at home against the Devils.

New Jersey forward Jaromir Jagr left in the second period following a vicious collision with Pittsburgh’s Robert Bortuzzo. Scott Gomez played 22 minutes in his return to the Devils after being signed on Monday.


Thomas Hickey scored 3 minutes, 6 seconds into overtime as the Islanders started the month with a win.

The defenseman got his second of the season with a wraparound goal to help the Islanders improve to 8-0 in games decided after regulation time.

Jaroslav Halak, the NHL’s No. 1 star last week, was not busy, but earned his team-record-tying 10th straight win with a 16-save performance. Brock Nelson scored in the second period for the Islanders, who have won seven of eight and 12 of 14, and Ryan Strome connected in the third.

Mike Hoffman and Clarke MacArthur scored for Ottawa.


Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist to lead the Hurricanes, snapping the Predators’ four-game winning streak.

Skinner scored his sixth goal of the season late in the first period, and he assisted Victor Rask 55 seconds into the third for a 2-0 lead.

Mike Ribeiro cut the lead to 2-1 with 4 minutes, 46 seconds remaining in regulation for Nashville. Carolina failed to clear the zone, and Roman Josi sent the puck back toward the crease, where Ribeiro gathered, turned and scored.

The Predators earned their first power play of the game with a minute left, but could not score on a 6-on-4 opportunity after pulling goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Andrej Sekera blocked a shot in the final five seconds to seal the victory for Carolina.


Daniel Sedin scored two of three power-play goals by Vancouver and assisted on the other.

Sedin scored the winner at 9 minutes, 39 seconds of the third period when he took a pass from twin brother Henrik in the left circle and fired a shot to the far side of Braden Holtby.

The Canucks, 2-1 on their seven-game road trip, bounced back from Sunday’s loss against Detroit. They have not dropped back-to-back games since mid-October.

Radim Vrbata added a power-play goal and an assist, while Derek Dorsett also scored for Vancouver. Henrik Sedin had two assists, and Ryan Miller finished with 23 saves.

John Carlson had two goals and an assist, while Brooks Laich also scored for Washington, who are 1-3-1 in their past five games.


Jonathan Quick made 31 saves in his 34th career shutout, carrying Los Angeles over Boston.

Tanner Pearson scored in the first period and Tyler Toffoli added an empty-net goal with 49.6 seconds left for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who earned their NHL-best 11th home victory with a strong defensive effort.

Niklas Svedberg stopped 33 shots.

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