PITTSBURGH — An injury to Roberto Luongo put a chill into the Vancouver Canucks’ winning streak.
The two-time Vezina Trophy finalist hurt his groin less than five minutes into Vancouver’s game against Pittsburgh on Saturday, but Pavol Demitra scored twice and Daniel and Henrik Sedin had three points each in the Canucks’ 3-1 win over the Penguins.
Vancouver won its third straight, all on the road, and improved to 7-0-2 in its past nine.
Luongo left the game after collapsing to the ice following what appeared to be a routine save on a shot from the point by Philippe Boucher, Pittsburgh’s first of the game. The goalie was helped off the ice without putting weight on his left leg.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said the club wasn’t sure about the severity of the injury, adding that Luongo would be evaluated today after making the trip with the team back to Vancouver on Saturday night.
PHILADELPHIA — Mike Richards’ wrist shot from the slot 1:35 into overtime lifted Philadelphia over Phoenix and extended the Flyers’ winning streak to four games.
Scott Hartnell, Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter also scored for the Flyers, who have won five of six.
Daniel Carcillo, Martin Hanzal, and Todd Fedoruk scored for the Coyotes, who lost their season-high fifth straight game.
OTTAWA — Daniel Alfredsson and Jesse Winchester scored late in the second period and Ottawa ended a six-game skid.
Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno also scored for the Senators, who got their first win since a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Nov. 6. Alex Auld stopped 18 shots.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Joey MacDonald made 35 saves, and the Islanders sent the reeling Sabres to their fifth straight loss.
MacDonald made his 10th straight start since taking over for the injured Rick DiPietro, and avenged an earlier loss this season to the Sabres in which he allowed seven goals.
ATLANTA — Rick Nash scored extended his goal streak to five games, knocking in a backhander in the first period that helped Columbus to a victory.
Nash scored his 10th goal of the season and was credited with his ninth assist when R.J. Umberger added his eighth, an empty-netter, with 1:18 remaining. He has 12 points in the last nine games.