National Hockey League

                ***** National Hockey League Game Capsules *****
                             (Thursday, October 23)
                     Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Boston 2
 Boston,  MA (  -  Chad  Johnson returned  to  TD Garden  and
 backstopped  his new  team to a win over  his old club. Johnson made 14 of his
 30  saves  in the  third period as  the New  York Islanders held  on for a 3-2
 win  over the  Boston Bruins, who saw  captain Zdeno Chara depart in the first
 period  for an  undisclosed  reason.  Last season,  Johnson  served as  Tuukka
 Rask's  backup and  had 17  wins with  a 2.10  goals-against average  and .925
 save  percentage in  27  games  for the  Bruins.  Kyle  Okposo, Frans  Nielsen
 and  Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Islanders, who had lost two straight after
 opening  the season  with four wins in  a row. Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly had
 the  goals for  Boston,  which  was seeking  its  third  straight win.  Niklas
 Svedberg, the backup to Rask this season, stopped 35-of-38 shots.
                      Final Score: Detroit 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
 Detroit,  MI  ( -  Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winning
 goal  with 44 seconds  left in overtime to complete a 4-3 comeback victory for
 the  Detroit Red  Wings over  the Pittsburgh  Penguins. Henrik  Zetterberg got
 his  stick on  Paul  Martin's  clearing attempt  before  Abdelkader jumped  on
 the loose puck in the slot and fired it over the shoulder of Thomas Greiss for
 the win. Niklas  Kronwall had two  goals and an assist and Zetterberg also had
 a  three-point  night, tallying a goal  and two assists for Detroit, which has
 registered  at least a point in each of its last five games. Jimmy Howard made
 23  saves in  the win. Pascal Dupuis,  Olli Maatta and Chris Kunitz all scored
 for the Penguins, who had Greiss stop 27-of-31 shots in his season debut.
                     Final Score: Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1
 St.  Louis, MO  ( -  Ryan Miller  had 31  saves against  his
 former club as the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Thursday.
 Miller,  who  signed with the  Canucks this  past offseason after spending the
 second  half of  last season in St.  Louis, turned aside 17 shots in the first
 two periods before stopping all 15 he faced in the third. Chris  Higgins, Nick
 Bonino,  Linden Vey  and Jannik  Hansen all  scored for  Vancouver, which  got
 back  on track  after consecutive  losses. Kevin  Shattenkirk scored  the lone
 goal for the St. Louis, which got 19 saves from Jake Allen in defeat.
                      Final Score: Nashville 3, Chicago 2
 Nashville, TN ( - James Neal registered his fifth career hat
 trick  and the Nashville Predators beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on
 Thursday  night. Pekka  Rinne  turned away  30 shots  for  the Predators,  who
 have  picked up  at least a point  in each of their first seven games (5-0-2).
 It's  the longest  the team  has  gone without  a  regulation loss  to open  a
 season since starting the 2010-11 campaign with a 5-0-3 record. Ben  Smith and
 Andrew   Shaw  supplied  the  goals  in  Chicago's  (4-1-1)  first  regulation
 loss  of the  season. Antti  Raanta, making  his second  consecutive start  in
 place of Corey Crawford (upper-body injury), stopped 24 shots.
                      Final Score: Minnesota 2, Arizona 0
 St. Paul, MN ( - Darcy Kuemper turned in another outstanding
 performance  for the Minnesota  Wild, coming up with 26 saves to lead his team
 to  a 2-0  victory over  the Arizona  Coyotes at  Xcel Energy  Center. Kuemper
 recorded  his  third shutout  in four  starts this season  and has now stopped
 96-of-98  shots  over that span. He  was supported by goals from Charlie Coyle
 and  Jason  Pominville that  got the  Wild back  in the  win column after road
 setbacks  to Anaheim and Los Angeles. Jared Spurgeon assisted on both markers.
 Mike Smith had 27 saves in the loss, the Coyotes' third in a row.
                       Final Score: Calgary 5, Carolina 0
 Calgary, AB ( - Jonas Hiller turned aside all 16 shots fired
 his  way  and Sean  Monahan scored  twice as  the Calgary  Flames shut out the
 Carolina   Hurricanes,  5-0,  on  Thursday.  Hiller  was  backed  with  plenty
 offensive  support  in his 22nd career  shutout as Dennis Wideman, Matt Stajan
 and  Lance  Bouma all  scored  for  Calgary, which  bounced  back  from a  2-1
 overtime  loss on  Tuesday to win its  first home game of the season. Cam Ward
 allowed all  five goals on 24 shots as Carolina fell to 0-4-2 on the season.
                     Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Buffalo 0
 Los  Angeles,  CA (  - Jonathan  Quick registered his second
 shutout  of the season and 33rd of his career as the Los Angeles Kings blanked
 the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, on Thursday. Quick, who stopped all 29 shots sent his
 way,  passed  Rogie Vachon  for the  most shutouts  in franchise history. Jeff
 Carter  had  a goal  and  an  assist and  Anze  Kopitar  also scored  for  the
 Kings,  who  have won five  straight on  their six-game homestand. The Sabres,
 meanwhile,  continue  to struggle on  the young  season. Buffalo has lost four
 straight,  including seven  of eight games overall, and it has been shutout in
 three of the last four. Jhonas Enroth made 37 saves in the setback.
                      Final Score: Columbus 5, San Jose 4
 San  Jose,  CA ( -  Mark Letestu deflected in David Savard's
 shot  with  20.7 seconds remaining to  lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the
 San  Jose  Sharks, 5-4, on Thursday.  Nick Foligno's power-play goal with 8:20
 to  play in  regulation  tied the  game  at four.  Letestu  then deflected  in
 Savard's  shot  from the right  point to give  Columbus the win. Ryan Johansen
 and  Letestu  each  had two  goals  for  the  Blue  Jackets, who  improved  to
 4-2-0   on   the  young  season.  Foligno   had  one  goal  and  two  assists.
 Sergei  Bobrovsky  stopped 33-of-37 shots  in the victory. Joe Pavelski scored
 two goals for the  Sharks, who have lost three in a row. Adam Burish and Logan
 Couture also lit the lamp. Antti Niemi turned aside 23-of-28 shots.
 10/24 02:07:50 ET

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