National Hockey League

                ***** National Hockey League Game Capsules *****
                            (Thursday, December 18)
                  Final Score: Florida 2, Philadelphia 1 (SO)
 Philadelphia,  PA ( - Dave Bolland scored in the sixth round
 of  the shootout to lift the Florida Panthers over the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1
 on  Thursday night.  The Panthers needed an  NHL-record 20 rounds to pick up a
 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. Philadelphia's Jakub
 Voracek  kept the  shootout going when he scored in the third round. Florida's
 Brandon  Pirri had  scored  in the  first.  Scottie Upshall  lit  the lamp  in
 regulation  for  the Panthers, who  got 25  saves from Roberto Luongo. Voracek
 also  scored the  only goal for the  Flyers, who fell to 0-5 in shootouts this
 season. Steve Mason stopped 31-of-32 shots.
                   Final Score: Pittsburgh 1, Colorado 0 (OT)
 Pittsburgh,  PA (  - Blake Comeau scored at 2:24 of overtime
 to  lift the  Pittsburgh Penguins to a  1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on
 Thursday  night.  Penguins captain Sidney Crosby  was back in the lineup after
 missing  three  games with  the mumps. Teammate  Marc-Andre Fleury, who tested
 negative  for  the virus,  made 29  saves to earn  his career-high and league-
 leading  sixth  shutout of the season  and help Pittsburgh improve to 4-0-2 in
 its  last six  games. Rookie Calvin Pickard played superbly for the Avalanche,
 making 47 saves, including 19 in the third period to force extra time.
                       Final Score: Carolina 4, Toronto 1
 Raleigh,  NC (  - The Carolina Hurricanes snapped a six-game
 losing  streak, scoring  two special-teams goals in a 4-1 win over the red-hot
 Toronto  Maple Leafs on Thursday night. While Toronto eyed its longest winning
 streak  in more than  11 years, Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first
 period  on goals  from Chris  Terry  and Justin  Faulk, who  scored while  the
 Hurricanes  were  short-handed. Andrej Sekera's  power play tally in the third
 period  restored the two-goal  lead and Cam Ward finished with 25 saves as the
 Hurricanes  ended  the 0-6 skid. Dion  Phaneuf scored for the Maple Leafs, who
 had  a  six-game winning  streak snapped and  lost for just  the third time in
 their  last 13  (10-2-1). They haven't won  seven in a row since an eight-game
 streak  from Nov. 22-Dec.  6, 2003. Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on 36
 shots and had a personal four-game winning streak stopped.
                   Final Score: Washington 5, Columbus 4 (OT)
 Columbus,  OH (  - Eric Fehr's goal 42 seconds into overtime
 lifted  the  Washington  Capitals  to  a  5-4  come-from-behind  victory  over
 Columbus,  halting  the Blue Jackets'  seven-game win streak. Michael Chaput's
 first  career  NHL goal had  given Columbus a 4-3  lead with 4:25 remaining in
 regulation, but Troy Brouwer answered for the Capitals just 1:25 later to send
 the  game into extra time. Fehr, Jason Chimera and Karl Alzner each recorded a
 goal and an assist for Washington, which earned a point for a seventh straight
 outing.  The Caps are 5-0-2 over that stretch, which included an overtime loss
 to  the Blue  Jackets in Washington a  week ago. Nick Foligno scored twice and
 assisted  on  another  for  Columbus,  which received  31  saves  from  Sergei
 Bobrovsky in defeat.
                       Final Score: Anaheim 2, Montreal 1
 Montreal,  QC  ( -  Frederik Andersen made  23 saves and the
 Anaheim  Ducks  beat the  Montreal Canadiens  2-1 on  Thursday night for their
 eighth  win  in nine games.  Hampus Lindholm and  Matt Beleskey scored for the
 Ducks,  who  were coming off  a 6-2 loss to  Toronto on Tuesday, which snapped
 their  seven-game  winning streak. Beleskey's  winner came 8:33 into the third
 period,  his  15th  goal  of  the season.  David  Desharnais  scored  for  the
 Canadiens,  who  had a three-game winning  streak snapped. Carey Price gave up
 two goals on 23 shots.
                    Final Score: Los Angeles 6, St. Louis 4
 Los Angeles, CA ( - Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin and Dwight King
 each  scored in the third period, as the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the
 St.  Louis  Blues 6-4 on  Thursday night. The  Kings surrendered four goals in
 the  third  period of Tuesday's 5-2  loss at St.  Louis, but earned a split in
 the  home-and-home  set with their own  third-period surge. Anze Kopitar had a
 goal  and four assists for a career-high five points against the Blues. Carter
 registered  three  assists and Marian Gaborik  scored twice and set up another
 one for  the Kings,  who put  an end  to a  three-game losing streak. Jonathan
 Quick  finished  with 24  saves  in  the Kings'  11th  straight  win over  the
 Blues  at  Staples Center  (including playoffs).  David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin
 and  Kevin Shattenkirk  scored in  a 2:48  span in  the first  period for  St.
 Louis, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Martin Brodeur was beaten
 six times on 37 shots.
                      Final Score: San Jose 4, Edmonton 3
 San Jose, CA ( - Matt Tennyson and Barclay Goodrow scored in
 the  third  period to  give the  San Jose Sharks  a 4-3  win over the Edmonton
 Oilers on Thursday. James Sheppard and Logan Couture also lit the lamp for the
 Sharks,  who  have won  seven in a  row at home.  Antti Niemi stopped 25-of-28
 shots.  Boyd Gordon,  Steven Pinizzotto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the
 Oilers,  who have lost six straight and 17 of their last 18. Ben Scrivens made
 26 saves.
 12/19 01:45:29 ET

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