NHL: Silfverberg strikes to down the Devils

ON A ROLL::While the Senators grabbed only their third road win, Peter Holland and Ryan Getzlaf scored early to send the Ducks on their way to a fifth consecutive victory

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Wed, Feb 20, 2013 - Page 18

Jakob Silfverberg beat Martin Brodeur to his stick side in a shootout and goalie Ben Bishop turned aside 30 shots for his first victory of the season, giving the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

Silfverberg, who assisted on the Senators’ regulation goal, skated in on Brodeur in the shootout and fired a right-handed wrist shot that caught the NHL’s all-time wins leader by surprise.

Bishop stopped former Senator Bobby Butler on the Devils’ third shootout attempt to give Ottawa only their third road win of the season.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias were both stopped by Bishop in the shootout.

Stephen Gionta scored his second goal of the season in the opening minutes of the game, but the Devils were silenced the rest of the way by Bishop. Brodeur had 29 saves for New Jersey.

Daniel Alfredsson scored for Ottawa in the third period, tying the game with 11 minutes, 48 seconds remaining, his 420th career goal.


In Anaheim, California, Peter Holland and Ryan Getzlaf scored 21 seconds apart in the first period, sending Anaheim on their way to a fifth consecutive victory.

The Pacific Division-leading Ducks’ winning streak is currently the longest in the NHL and they have also won their past five home games. They were coming off a 5-1-0 road trip, the best win percentage for a trip of five or more games in franchise history.

Corey Perry added a goal in the third period and Jonas Hiller made 25 saves for his first win since Feb. 2 against Los Angeles.

Vinny Prospal and Derick Brassard scored for Columbus.


In Sunrise, Florida, Ben Scrivens notched his second consecutive shutout, while Clarke MacArthur and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist to lead Toronto to a win over Florida.

Scrivens, who got his first shutout last Saturday in a 3-0 victory over Ottawa, stopped 37 shots.

Phil Kessel also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won for the sixth time in seven games.

Toronto are off to their best road start since opening 7-2-0 away from home during the 1940-1941 season.

The Leafs beat the Panthers for the first time in seven games dating to a 4-3 shootout win on Feb. 1, 2011.

Jose Theodore made 30 saves for Florida, who lost their fifth straight and the sixth in the past seven at home.


In Uniondale, New York, the forward line of Claude Giroux, Matt Read and Jakub Voracek combined for three goals and 10 points, helping Philadelphia break a slump with a victory over New York.

Giroux scored two goals and added an assist, Read had a goal and two assists, while Voracek had four assists. Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves for his first shutout of the season and the 30th in the NHL.

Zac Rinaldo scored his first goal of the season, Brayden Schenn also had a goal and Danny Briere closed the scoring with a pair in the third period as the Flyers moved to 2-3 on a six-game road trip.

Evgeni Nabokov played much better than his statistics showed and finished with 18 saves for the Islanders, who trailed 1-0 after the first period.


In Montreal, Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty scored 18 seconds apart in the third period to seal Montreal’s fourth straight win with a victory over Carolina.

Pacioretty added an assist and Brandon Prust also scored for Montreal in the third period.

Peter Budaj made 19 saves for his second win and first shutout in a Canadiens uniform.

Cam Ward stopped 23 shots for Carolina, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped.

After a fairly uneventful opening 40 minutes, Prust finally broke the scoreless deadlock 2:06 into the third period. Lars Eller led the rush through the neutral zone, before dishing off to Alex Galchenyuk. The rookie evaded Bobby Sanguinetti, before finding Prust driving to the net.


In Denver, Colorado, Paul Stastny and Jamie McGinn scored 13 seconds apart in the second period as Colorado snapped a nine-game losing streak against Nashville with a win over the Predators.

Shea Weber scored with 1:18 left to make it a one-goal game, the only score of the final period.

Matt Duchene and Aaron Palushaj each had a goal and two assists, while Chuck Kobasew and Tyson Barrie also scored for Colorado, who have been outscored 34-14 by Nashville over the past two seasons.

The Predators pulled to 4-3 on Colin Wilson’s goal, before Stastny and McGinn restored the cushion and forced Nashville coach Barry Trotz to yank Chris Mason, who allowed six goals on 18 shots.

Mike Fisher, Sergei Kostitsyn and Jonathon Blum scored the goals for Nashville.


In Glendale, Arizona, Mike Smith stopped 30 shots, Keith Yandle scored in the opening minute of the first period and Mikkel Boedker did the same to start the third, lifting Phoenix to their sixth win in eight.

Yandle knocked in a rebound 41 seconds into the game for his fourth point in two games and Boedker scored 30 seconds into the third period by squeezing a puck between Calgary goalie Danny Taylor’s pads in front of a standing-room only crowd.

That was enough for Smith, who was sharp all night for his 22nd career shutout and the third this season. Antoine Vermette and Raffi Torres each added goals in the third period.

Taylor stopped 33 shots in his first NHL start.