PITTSBURGH — Chris Kunitz scored for the third straight game and the Pittsburgh Penguins had little trouble with the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 4-2 win on Friday night.
Brandon Sutter, Kris Letang and Jason Megna also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby recorded an assist to push his point total to an NHL-leading 22. Marc-Andre Fleury made 37 saves and earned his 10th win, tops in the league.
Derek MacKenzie and Ryan Johansen scored for Columbus but the Blue Jackets couldn’t match Pittsburgh’s firepower. Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 13 shots before being pulled early in the second period in favor of backup Curtis McElhinney.
Bobrovsky entered the game 5-1-1 in his last seven games against Pittsburgh, all while playing for Philadelphia. He struggled from the opening faceoff, and his night ended when he mishandled a slap shot from Letang that found its way into the net.
Blues 4, Panthers 0
SUNRISE, Fla. — Brian Elliott stopped 31 shots for his first win of the season, and Alexander Steen scored for the sixth straight game as St. Louis beat Florida.
Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart and Derek Roy added goals, and Steen posted his NHL-leading 12th this season. David Backes had two assists for St. Louis, which won its third straight.
Elliott hadn’t earned a win since April 27 against Chicago. His previous shutout was April 11 at Minnesota.
Capitals 7, Flyers 0
PHILADELPHIA — Joel Ward scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, and Braden Holtby coasted to a shutout in the Washington’s fight-filled rout of Philadelphia.
Jason Chimera added a goal and three assists, and Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski each had three points as the Capitals (6-7) won for the first time this season when captain Alex Ovechkin didn’t score a goal. Ovechkin didn’t make the trip to Philadelphia because of an upper-body injury.
Washington had been 0-4 when Ovechkin, who entered Friday second in the league with 10 goals, didn’t score.
Ward’s third-period goal that made it 7-0 sparked a brawl. Just 9 seconds later, Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds fought Washington’s Tom Wilson. Flyers goalie Ray Emery then took on Holtby in another bout.
In the melee, a total of 114 penalty minutes were handed out. Overall, Philadelphia racked up 99 penalty minutes, and Washington received 65.
Lightning 3, Hurricanes 0
RALEIGH, N.C. — Victor Hedman scored in the second period and Steven Stamkos added an insurance goal to back Ben Bishop’s shutout in the Tampa Bay victory.
Bishop (8-2) stopped 31 shots in his first shutout of the season and second of his career against Carolina. Alex Killorn added a goal and an assist, and Martin St. Louis had two assists.
The Lightning have won four of five overall and eight of nine at Carolina.
Carolina, which lost its fourth straight, fell to 1-3-3 at home. Justin Peters (0-4) made 29 saves.