Penguins thump Capitals for third straight win

Posted: February 04, 2013

Chris Kunitz scored a hat trick in the Pittsburgh Penguins' Super Bowl Sunday visit to the nation's capital, leading a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals that reflected both teams' fortunes so far in the lockout-shortened season.

Kris Letang, Paul Martin, and Matt Cooke also scored; Sidney Crosby had three assists; and Tomas Vokoun made 21 saves against his former team for the Penguins, who have won three straight and four of five to lead the Atlantic Division.

Devils bounce back

Johan Hedberg made 22 saves for his 22d career shutout and the New Jersey Devils beat the host New York Islanders, 2-0.

Steve Bernier scored for New Jersey in the third period and David Clarkson added an empty-netter to help the Devils snap a four-game winless streak (0-1-3).

Stellar Emery

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery turned in a performance that left everyone talking and had the host Calgary Flames shaking their heads in disbelief on Saturday night.

Emery made a career-high 45 saves, and the Blackhawks - on a shootout goal by Patrick Kane - beat the Flames, 3-2.

"That was criminal," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "They've got to call the cops after that performance. [Emery] stole two points. He was spectacular. I've never ever been outplayed, outchanced like that in my life. That was a special performance and it continued on in the shootout."

- Associated Press

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