LOS ANGELES, Calif. Gary Spani Jersey . - Although Tanner Pearson claims he never played baseball growing up in Canada, he fooled his fellow Los Angeles Kings with a home run swing on the decisive goal against Carolina.And credit Jonathan Quick with the save in the Kings latest impressive work at home.Pearson ended his 11-game goal drought with the tiebreaking score, and Quick stopped 25 shots in the Kings NHL-best 10th home victory of the season, 3-2 over the Hurricanes on Thursday night.Just 38 seconds after Eric Staal tied it with a power-play goal in the second period, Pearson sneaked in on a scramble in front of Cam Wards net and batted a puck out of midair for his first goal since Oct. 26.Pearsons grouping with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli on That 70s Line was broken up due to coach Darryl Sutters dissatisfaction with the rookies recent play, but Pearson got back on the scoresheet with the same quick stick that scored seven goals in the Kings first eight games.When you get into a drought, and Im not playing my best hockey lately, this game helped out a lot, Pearson said. That kind of stuff comes from working hard, and if you work hard, the bounces are going to start going your way.Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won three straight. The Kings largely controlled play with 39 shots, and they hung on through a scoreless third period for their sixth win in eight meetings with Carolina.The Kings improved to 10-2-1 at Staples Center, where they have lost in regulation just once since they hung their championship banner on opening night.Weve got to be good at home, Lewis said. Its our building. We cant let other teams come in and push us around in our own building.Quick also won the matchup of Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalies, capping his 10th victory of the season with a stellar glove save on Elias Lindholms shot from the slot with about 90 seconds to play while the Hurricanes had an extra attacker.Although the game finished with 37 scoreless minutes, Carolina repeatedly got close to a tying goal.We hung in there pretty good, Hurricanes defenceman Brett Bellemore said. Obviously, our first period wasnt the best. But at the end, we were throwing everything at them.Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost four of five. Ward made 36 saves, but Carolina failed to build on the momentum of its victory in Dallas on Tuesday to open a five-game road trip.We had a hard time handling their size and strength on the walls, Carolina coach Bill Peters said. They wore us out in the (defensive) zone. They were a big heavy team in the offensive zone, and we spent too much time in there.Stoll opened the scoring with a one-timer from captain Dustin Brown, the latest goal from Los Angeles revitalized power play.The Kings have six man-advantage goals in three games since Sutter began using full forward lines instead of power-play units. Los Angeles power play began the season in a 6-for-54 slump over the first 17 games before Sutter made the switch.Skinner evened it with his fifth goal of the season, beating Quick with a nasty shot on a 2-on-1 break. Lewis then forced the puck past Ward early in the second period.NOTES: Carolina beat the Kings 3-2 at home on Nov. 2. Quick hasnt lost a start in regulation since that defeat, going 5-0-2. ... Carolinas Brad Malone got 17 minutes in penalties for instigating a fight after Brayden McNabb levelled Jay McClement with a legal check in the first period. ... Kings D Slava Voynov missed his 14th straight game under suspension. He was charged with felony domestic violence earlier Thursday. Mecole Hardman Jersey . Pekovic had an MRI test Tuesday on his right ankle that revealed bursitis, which is inflammation of the fluid-filled pad that cushions the joint. Len Dawson Jersey . New York (16-9-8) took over first place in the Eastern Conference and has the best record in the league with one game remaining. Houstons five-game unbeaten streak was snapped, and the Dynamo (13-11-9) are sixth in the East with one game remaining.The Toronto Blue Jays added a bat at the expense of an arm on Thursday. The team announced via Twitter that they have claimed outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo on waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Luis Perez has been released. Tuiasosopo, 27, appeared in 81 games with the Detroit Tigers in 2013, hitting seven home runs and adding 330 runs batted-in. Nick Allegretti Jersey. He also posted an average of .244. The Diamondbacks signed him to a one-year contract earlier this month. Perez, 29, appeared in just six games with the Blue Jays in 2013, posting an 0-1 record with a 1.20 WHIP and a 5.40 earned-run average. He missed the majority of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery, returning to the Jays in September. ' ' '
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork. Nyle McFarlane Jersey Retro .com) - Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots to lead the Washington Capitals in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. Jay Beagle and Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals, who have won five of their last six. When we play our game, we play the system, said Ovechkin. We feel good about our goalie, and he feels good. Hes been playing unbelievably, and we feel like we can win hockey games. Alex Tanguay scored the only goal of the game for the Avalanche, who had a three-game winning streak stopped. Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots in defeat. Im not happy that we lost but Im happy with our effort, said Colorado head coach Patrick Roy. We had some chances there in the third period and just couldnt put them away. The Capitals got on the board at 7:34 of the first period when Jason Chimera threw a shot on net off a faceoff and Beagle backhanded home the rebound. Colorado tied the game on the power play at 10:58 of the second period on a rush play when Jarome Iginla brought the puck in down the left wing and sent a backhand pass to the slot. Tanguays initial one-timer was stopped, but he put in his own rebound for his 13th goal of the season. Washington took the lead back with 2:14 to play in the second off a crisp passing play that saw three passes, with the third going to the left circle for an Ovechkin one-timer and a 2-1 lead. Colorado peppered Holtby with 18 shots in the final period and pulled Varlamov with over two minutes to play, but was unable to net the equalizer. Game Notes Washington hosts Philadelphia on Wednesday ... Colorado started a five-game road trip, and will play in Carolina on Tuesday ... Colorado was 1-for-2 on the power play, and Washington was 1-for-3. Matt Szymanski Jersey Retro . "After consultation with the Team USA medical staff and officials, it was determined that he should return to Winnipeg as a precaution due to his previous injury history," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Wednesday in a statement. Les Dodson Jersey Retro .C. Lions. The clubs former starting quarterback, assistant and head coach returned Thursday as its receivers coach.Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Simon Despres scored with 2:39 remaining in overtime and Pittsburgh rallied to post a 2-1 victory over New Jersey at Prudential Center. Holding the puck near the right-wing boards, Brandon Sutter passed to Kris Letang, whose own backhanded dish landed on the stick of Despres at the point. His harmless flip to the net beat a screened Cory Schneider to complete a comeback from one goal down late in regulation. Chris Kunitz registered a power-play goal with 3:11 remaining for the Penguins, who won for the second time in their last seven games. Marc-Andre Fleury needed to make only 13 saves. Steve Bernier tallied for the Devils, who had won two in a row. Schneider ended up with a season-high 41 saves in defeat. Final Score: St. Louis 3, Carolina 2 (SO) Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues in a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Shattenkirk was the second shooter for the Blues and he buried a wrister past Cam Ward, while Jake Alllen stopped Eric Staals wrister for the win. Bill Kirchiro Jersey Retro . Allen made 26 saves, while David Backes and Ryan Reaves scored in regulation for the Blues, who have won four straight. Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Ward stopped the 29 shots he faced through overtime in relief of Anton Khudobin, who was pulled from the start after allowing two goals on three shots. Final Score: Colorado 3, Nashville 0 Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Semyon Varlamov posted 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season to lead the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday. Maxime Talbot, Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla scored for the Avalanche, who had lost three of four coming into the game. Colorado avenged a loss to Nashville in its last game on Tuesday. It wasnt a home-and-home series because the Predators played in St. Louis on Thursday. Marek Mazanec made 25 saves for the Predators, who have dropped four of their last five. ' ' '