Capitals spoil Sullivan’s debut as Penguins coach

AP, PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania

Wed, Dec 16, 2015 - Page 20

T.J. Oshie scored twice and added an assist as the Washington Capitals spoiled Mike Sullivan’s coaching debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-1 win on Monday night.

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists for Washington. John Carlson added his fifth goal of the season for the Metropolitan Division leaders.

Braden Holtby stopped 44 of Pittsburgh’s season-high 45 shots.

Evgeni Malkin scored his team-leading 14th goal, but the Penguins failed to keep pace with Washington in Sullivan’s first game since taking over when Mike Johnston was fired on Saturday.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves, but captain Sidney Crosby was held without a point and Pittsburgh’s power play went none for two.


In Boston, Andrej Sekera scored 41 seconds into overtime to lift Edmonton over the hosts for their sixth straight victory.

Cam Talbot made 47 saves, while Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored first-period goals for Edmonton.

The victory halted an eight-game losing streak in Boston for the Oilers, fresh off a 5-0 homestand — their best since 1987.

The Bruins tied it on Brad Marchand’s goal with 4 minutes, 38 seconds to play in regulation. Matt Beleskey also scored for Boston, who have earned at least one point in each of their past 16 games against the Oilers (13-0-3).


In Columbus, Ohio, Brian Boyle scored a short-handed goal in the third period and Ben Bishop made several big stops down the stretch, finishing with 25 saves as Tampa Bay beat Columbus.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored for the Lightning, but star forward Steven Stamkos was held off the scoreboard for the ninth straight game.

Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped four in a row.

Joonas Korpisalo, a 21-year-old rookie, was impressive in stopping 27 shots in his first NHL start.


In Ottawa, Mike Hoffman had two goals and an assist to lead the hosts over Los Angeles.

Kyle Turris, Erik Karlsson and Mika Zibanejad also scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson made 33 saves in his 15th straight start.

Jamie McBain, Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin scored for Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick stopped 16 shots.

The Senators scored four goals in the second period.


In Detroit, Michigan, Ryan O’Reilly and Johan Larsson scored 61 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying Buffalo past the hosts.

Brad Richards scored for the Red Wings, who had earned at least one point in 13 consecutive games.

Buffalo snapped an eight-game winless streak in Detroit with their first victory since Oct. 13, 2006.