PITTSBURGH – Marc-Andre Fleury couldn’t help it. With the Pittsburgh Penguins’ franchise record for career shutouts in sight late in the third period against the New York Rangers on Saturday, the talented if occasionally erratic goalie let his mind drift.
I wanted it so bad, Fleury said. I tried to not jinx it. I was touching wood, but yeah I was looking forward to getting it finally.
The reeling Rangers offered little resistance.
Fleury stopped 23 shots for his 23rd shutout – one more than Tom Barrasso – and the Penguins beat New York 3-0 for their eighth straight victory.
Beau Bennett, Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy scored, and Dustin Jeffrey added two assists as the Penguins continued to dominate the series.
Pittsburgh has won seven consecutive meetings with New York, which lost for the fourth time in its last five games.
BRUINS 4, CAPITALS 1: In Boston, Nathan Horton had a goal and two assists and Milan Lucic set up Boston’s first two scores on hustle plays behind the net in the Bruins’ win.
David Krejci added a goal and two assists, Rich Peverley had a power-play goal and Andrew Ference scored his first of the season on the eve of his 34th birthday for the Bruins.
LIGHTNING 4, HURRICANES 1: In Tampa, Fla., Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat both scored their first NHL goals as the Lightning beat Carolina. Nate Thompson and Teddy Purcell also scored for the Lightning, which stopped a five-game losing streak at home. Tampa Bay is 3-8 in its last 11 games.
Eric Staal scored the only goal for Carolina, which dropped to 3-7 in Southeast Division games.
WILD 6, AVALANCHE 4: In Denver, Devin Setoguchi scored twice and added the 100th assist of his career to power Minnesota.
Ryan Suter started a four-goal scoring spree in the first period to help the Wild win for the fourth time in five games. Cal Clutterbuck, Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard added goals.
John Mitchell, P.A. Parenteau, Gabriel Landeskog and Chuck Kobasew had goals for an Avalanche team that has dropped three in a row.
SENATORS 4, SABRES 3, OT: In Buffalo, N.Y., Kyle Turris scored his second goal 3:54 into overtime to give Ottawa the victory. Patrick Wiercioch had a goal and assist, and Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa, which won for only the second time in eight games (2-2-4).
CANADIENS 2, DEVILS 1: In Newark, N.J., big defenseman Jarred Tinordi, in his NHL debut, set up Tomas Plekanec’s tiebreaking goal in the third period, and Montreal extended its winning streak to five games.
The Canadiens moved into a tie with Pittsburgh for the most points in the Eastern Conference.
Defenseman Peter Harrold scored for New Jersey, which lost for the second time in two nights (0-1-1).
ISLANDERS 4, PANTHERS 3: In Sunrise, Fla., Casey Cizikas broke a third-period tie as New York held on after blowing a three-goal lead in the final period. Kyle Okposo, Radek Martinek and Brad Boyes also scored for the Islanders.
BLUE JACKETS 1, COYOTES 0, SO: In Columbus, Ohio, Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in regulation and overtime, then two more in the shootout to finish with his second career shutout – both coming in the last week – as the Blue Jackets extended the franchise-record point streak to 10 games.
The Blue Jackets improved to 6-0-4 in their last 10 games, taking 16 of 20 possible points.
JETS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4, SO: In Toronto, Zach Bogosian scored in the 10th round of the shootout to lift Winnipeg to the victory.
Tyler Bozak had the lone shootout goal for Toronto.