- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Patric Hornqvist had his first career hat trick, beating goalie Louis Domingue three times as the Pittsburgh Penguins made quick work of the sinking Arizona Coyotes 6-0 on Monday night.

Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang both had a goal and an assist. Matt Cullen scored his ninth of the season and Sidney Crosby added three assists as Pittsburgh began a busy week by sending the Coyotes to their sixth straight loss.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and the 43rd of his career.

Domingue made 27 saves but Arizona was never in it while going winless on a five-game road trip. The Coyotes have dropped eight consecutive games away from home and haven’t won on opposing ice since Jan. 25.


TORONTO (AP) - Tyler Johnson scored twice and Tampa Bay beat Toronto for its seventh straight victory.

It was Johnson’s first multigoal game of the season. He was questionable to play after taking Kevan Miller’s clearing attempt off his forehead in a 4-1 win at Boston on Sunday.

The Lightning’s winning streak matches a season high. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves.

Nazem Kadri scored late in the third period for Toronto, and Garret Sparks had 26 stops. The Maple Leafs have lost two straight and seven of eight.


NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Stepan’s short-handed goal snapped a tie with 2:48 to play, and New York beat Columbus in Eric Staal’s much-anticipated debut.

Mats Zuccarello also scored and Antti Raanta made 26 saves in giving the Rangers their 13th win in 18 games (13-4-1). Henrik Lundqvist’s backup denied Cam Atkinson on the doorstep with less than a second remaining to preserve the victory.

Atkinson scored his 20th goal of the season and Joonas Korpisalo had 22 saves for Columbus, which finished 7-3-3 in February.

Stepan gave the Rangers the lead on a partial breakaway while Eric’s brother, Marc Staal, was in the penalty box. Eric Staal was acquired Sunday from Carolina for prospect Aleksi Saarela and two second-round draft picks.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brayden Schenn had his first career hat trick, scoring all three goals in the first two periods and leading Philadelphia past Calgary.

Claude Giroux had four assists and Wayne Simmonds scored twice for the Flyers, who have won three straight as they remain in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Philadelphia held on after nearly wasting a 4-1 lead and remained three points behind Pittsburgh for the final wild card in the East.

Sean Monahan, Micheal Ferland and Michael Frolik scored for the Flames.

Michael Neuvirth stopped 26 shots and won his 16th game of the season.

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