(Fixes spelling of Maatta in second reference)
Jan 15 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Hockey League games.
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Penguins 4, Capitals 3
Rookie defenseman Olli Maatta helped the Pittsburgh Penguins make some history when his goal with 1:54 remaining lifted them to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals.
The triumph was the Penguins' 13th consecutive victory at Consol Energy Center, breaking the club record for most home wins in a row. They had a 12-game streak last season from Feb. 22-March 30.
Maatta also had an assist for Pittsburgh (34-12-2).
Defenseman Kris Letang, Taylor Pyatt and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Penguins, who have won five of their last six games overall.
Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 34th goal while center Brooks Laich and left winger Jason Chimera also added goals.
Washington (22-17-8) lost for the seventh time in the last nine games.
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Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 (shootout)
Tyler Bozak scored the third and decisive goal in a shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Buffalo Sabres.
Phil Kessel Nikolai Kulemin and defenseman Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs in regulation, while Cody Hodgson and left wingers Matt Ellis and Matt Moulson responded for the Sabres.
James Reimer, who started in the Toronto (24-20-5) goal for only the second time this month, stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime.
Buffalo (13-27-6) goaltender Ryan Miller made 36 saves.
All three Maple Leafs shooters, left wingers James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul as well as Bozak, scored in the shootout.
Moulson scored on the first Sabres attempt in the shootout but Reimer stopped Hodgson's effort before Bozak netted to seal the contest.
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Ducks 9, Canucks 1
Wingers Corey Perry, Nick Bonino and Teemu Selanne scored two goals each and goaltender Frederik Andersen made 31 saves as the Anaheim Ducks demolished the Vancouver Canucks.
Perry also added two assists for a four-point night.
The Ducks (36-8-5) got balanced scoring with wingers Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg also potting goals in a dominating performance that kept them undefeated in regulation at home this season.
They extended their record at Honda Center to 20-0-2.
Vancouver (24-15-9) wilted after a competitive opening 20 minutes and lost for the seventh time in eight road games in California this season.
Winger Zack Kassian scored the lone Vancouver goal and Eddie Lack stopped 10-of-13 shots before being pulled. (Editing by John O'Brien)
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- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Consol Energy Center
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- Olli Maatta
- Buffalo Sabres
- Tyler Bozak