PITTSBURGH – Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots for his fourth shutout and Chris Kunitz and Deryk Engelland scored second-period goals, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 Monday night.
Kunitz scored his 26th goal and Engelland netted his fourth. Tanner Glass scored his first goal in 26 games, a late empty-netter that sealed it for the Penguins, who won for the 15th time in 16 games at home.
Sidney Crosby, who leads the NHL with 73 points, added an assist to extend his points streak in games against Buffalo to 16 games, matching his longest streak against any team.
Fleury, who leads the NHL with 29 wins, registered his 27th career shutout. He helped preserve the win, denying Buffalo’s Brian Flynn two minutes into the third period before following it up with a right-pad stop on Matt Moulson on a partial breakaway a couple minutes later.
Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots for last-place Buffalo, which has lost seven of nine.
HURRICANES 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: In Raleigh, N.C., Jordan Staal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:55 remaining to help Carolina rally past Columbus.
Eric Staal scored twice in the third period as the Hurricanes erased a two-goal deficit for their fourth consecutive victory. Anton Khudobin made 22 saves.
R.J. Umberger and Derek MacKenzie scored for the Blue Jackets. Columbus lost its second straight after stringing together eight wins in a row.
BRUINS 6, ISLANDERS 3: In Uniondale, N.Y., the line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith combined for three goals and six assists to lead Boston to a seesaw victory over the Islanders.
All three linemates scored, and Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg and Zdeno Chara added goals as the Bruins avoided a three-game series sweep against the Islanders. Chad Johnson gave Tuukka Rask the night off and made 34 saves.
Boston, which has won four of five (4-0-1), has 12 goals in two games.