Penguins pound Coyotes
Evgeni Malkin tied a career high with five points, Sidney Crosby extended his scoring streak to 21 games with a goal and two assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the visiting Phoenix Coyotes, 6-1, on Monday night.
Kris Letang had a goal and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves for Pittsburgh, which won for the first time in three games.
Elsewhere: Jonas Hiller stopped 45 shots for his second shutout of the season to carry the Anaheim Ducks past the Bruins, 3-0, in Boston. . . . Aaron Volpatti scored his first career goal and Ryan Kesler had his fourth in three games as the surging Vancouver Canucks beat the Blues, 3-1, in St. Louis. . . . Martin Havlat had a goal and an assist and Niklas Backstrom stopped 34 shots to lead the Minnesota Wild past visiting Calgary, 4-1. Kyle Brodziak, John Madden and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Wild, who beat the Flames for the second time in three nights. . . . Tobias Enstrom had two goals and two assists as the Atlanta Thrashers topped the Maple Leafs, 6-3, in Toronto. . . . Steven Stamkos scored his 26th goal this season and the 100th of his career, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1.
At last, that winning feeling
At the end of a 3-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, the Washington Capitals poured off the bench and gathered in a mob around goalie Michal Neuvirth, knocking the net up against the boards.
It had been a while since they had a chance to celebrate a win: The visiting Caps snapped an eight-game losing streak.
"We felt like we won a championship," said Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals. "We needed that win so much for our confidence and just for the team. That was a huge win for us."
Isles' Martin banned for two games
New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin has been suspended by the NHL for two games for a blind-side check to the head of Phoenix forward Vernon Fiddler.
Martin is slated to sit out Wednesday against Tampa Bay and Thursday at New Jersey. Martin was given a minor penalty for charging when he hit Fiddler in the first period Saturday.
Martin has two goals, no assists and 37 penalty minutes in 22 games this season. The suspension will cost him $6,792.12 in salary. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
- Inquirer wire services