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Penalty shots fuel Sharks 5-2 win over Capitals

Penalty shots fuel Sharks 5-2 win over Capitals

The San Jose Sharks became the first team in more than 27 years to score on two penalty shots in a game and went on to win their sixth straight, 5-2 over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe scored on the penalty shots, making San Jose the first team since Vancouver on Feb. 11, 1982, at Detroit to score twice on penalty shots.
Joe Pavelski scored twice, and Torry Mitchell added a goal for San Jose. Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves, allowing third-period goals to Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble.
Devils 2, Penguins 0
At Newark, New Jersey, Martin Brodeur made 32 saves for his second straight shutout against Pittsburgh and record 105th overall, leading New Jersey to a victory over the Penguins
Selected to the Canadian Olympic team Wednesday, Brodeur broke a tie with Terry Sawchuk for the NHL shutout record in his previous start against the Penguins, a 4-0 victory in Pittsburgh on Dec. 21.
Niclas Bergfors and Jamie Langenbrunner scored for the Devils, 4-0 against the Penguins this season. New Jersey has won 14 of its last 17 games overall.
Bruins 4, Thrashers 0
At Boston, Byron Bitz tipped in a shot to start Boston's three-goal first period, and Tuukka Rask made 18 saves for the Bruins in their final game before the outdoor Winter Classic at Fenway Park.
The Bruins won for the fourth time in five games heading into the NHL's annual New Year's Day game on Friday against Philadelphia. Marco Sturm, Steve Begin and Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston.
Flyers 6, Rangers 0
At New York, Simon Gagne scored three goals and added an assist, and Michael Leighton made 22 saves to help Philadelphia stretch its winning streak to four games.
Former Rangers forward Blair Betts scored 54 seconds into his return to Madison Square Garden, and Danny Briere and Claude Giroux took advantage of New York turnovers to push the Flyers' lead to 3-0 in the first period. Philadelphia is 4-0 on its six-game trip that will continue Friday in the Winter Classic at Fenway Park.
Avalanche 4, Senators 3
At Ottawa, Ryan O'Reilly scored the winning goal early in the third period, and Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots as Colorado edged Ottawa.
Matt Duchene, Kyle Quincey and Chris Durno also scored for Northwest Division-leading Colorado, 8-2-1 against the Eastern Conference and 4-0 against the Northeast Division. Ryan Shannon scored twice for Ottawa, and Nick Foligno added a goal.
Canadiens 2, Lightning 1, OT
At Tampa, Florida, Tomas Plekanec scored at 3:32 of overtime, and Carey Price made 34 saves to help Montreal down Tampa Bay.
Brian Gionta also scored for Montreal. Kurtis Foster scored for Tampa Bay.
Oilers 3, Maple Leafs 1
At Edmonton, Alberta, Patrick O'Sullivan scored two power-play goals, and Jeff Deslauriers made 27 saves to help Edmonton snap a seven-game losing streak.
Gilbert Brule also scored for the Oilers. Phil Kessel spoiled Deslauriers' shutout bid with 4 minutes left in the third, scoring a power-play goal.
Flames 2, Kings 1
At Calgary, Alberta, Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves for Calgary, and Craig Conroy broke a second-period tie with his first goal of the season.
Rene Bourque also scored for Calgary, and Scott Parse countered for Los Angeles. Kiprusoff stopped Dustin Brown on a penalty shot in the second period.