NHL roundup: Oilers' Connor McDavid nets hat trick
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[January 15, 2021]
Connor McDavid scored three
goals and added an assist in a dominating performance to lead the
host Edmonton Oilers to a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and an assist, Leon Draisaitl
collected four assists and Mikko Koskinen made 38 saves for the
Oilers. Edmonton responded with an emphatic win one night after
dropping a disappointing 5-3 home game to the Canucks in the teams'
McDavid, who was held off the scoresheet in the opener on his 24th
birthday, was a force all night and had a hand in his team's first
Nate Schmidt and Tyler Motte scored for the Canucks, who got 41
saves from Thatcher Demko.
Islanders 4, Rangers 0
Anders Lee scored two goals as the visiting New York Islanders shut
out the New York Rangers. The first of eight meetings between the
rivals easily went to the Islanders, who scored twice in the opening
3:52 and held a three-goal lead after the first period.
Brock Nelson added a power-play goal and Mathew Barzal also scored
for the Islanders. Nick Leddy collected two assists for the
Islanders, who were 2 of 8 on the power play.
Semyon Varlamov began his second season with the Islanders by making
24 saves for the shutout. The Rangers' Igor Shesterkin experienced a
rough season debut while making 29 saves.
Capitals 6, Sabres 4
T.J. Oshie recorded a goal and two assists as visiting Washington
opened the season with a win over Buffalo.
Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson each registered a goal and an
assist while 35-year-old star Alex Ovechkin notched two assists for
the Capitals, who will play at Buffalo again on Friday. Brenden
Dillon, Jakub Vrana and Garnet Hathaway also scored for Washington,
which got 22 saves from Ilya Samsonov.
Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist in his Sabres debut, and Victor
Olofsson and Jake McCabe also put up a goal and an assist apiece.
Tobias Rieder also had a goal and Jack Eichel posted two assists for
the hosts. Sabres goalie Carter Hutton stopped 22 shots.
Jets 4, Flames 3 (OT)
Patrik Laine became the overtime hero with his second goal of the
night, giving Winnipeg a victory over visiting Calgary to kick off
Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, giving him a point in eight
consecutive season openers, as did Kyle Connor. Laine finished with
three points. Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves to collect the win
after his team erased a 3-1 deficit.
Elias Lindholm posted a goal and an assist for the Flames while
Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau also scored. Calgary goalie
Jacob Markstrom stopped 30 shots.
Bruins 3, Devils 2 (SO)
Brad Marchand opened the scoring, assisted on Boston's other
regulation goal and scored the only goal of the shootout as the
Bruins edged New Jersey in the season opener for both teams in
Marchand, the Bruins' third shooter, fired a shot beneath the right
leg of Mackenzie Blackwood as the Bruins improved to 3-1-0 in season
openers under head coach Bruce Cassidy.
Miles Wood scored for the Devils but also committed two goalie
interference penalties that led to the Bruins' regulation goals. Ty
Smith, making his NHL debut, was credited with a goal late in the
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goaltender Carter Hart (79) stops a shot in front of New York
Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) during the third period in game
six of the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at
Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Wild 4, Kings 3 (OT)
Kirill Kaprizov scored with 1:13 left in overtime, lifting Minnesota
to a win at Los Angeles in the season opener for both teams.
Kaprizov, a five-time All-Star in the Kontinental Hockey League who
was making his NHL debut, also had two assists.
Jonas Brodin, Victor Rask and Marcus Foligno also scored and Cam
Talbot made 31 saves for Minnesota, which went 0-for-6 on the power
play, the last bridging the third period and overtime.
Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist, Andreas Athanasiou scored in
his Los Angeles debut and Dustin Brown scored the 300th goal of his
NHL career for the Kings in their first game in 10 months. Anze
Kopitar added two assists and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for Los
Hurricanes 3, Red Wings 0
Petr Mrazek needed to make just 14 saves to record the shutout as
Carolina silenced host Detroit in the season opener for both teams.
The Hurricanes dominated the game, holding a 43-14 advantage in
shots on goal. However, they didn't secure the win until they scored
twice in the final 2:34. Nino Niederreiter, Ryan Dzingel and Andrei
Svechnikov scored the goals.
Thomas Greiss made 40 saves in his Red Wings debut after signing as
a free agent during the offseason.
Sharks 4, Coyotes 3 (SO)
Logan Couture's backhand shot beat Darcy Kuemper in a shootout,
lifting San Jose to a victory over Arizona at Glendale, Ariz., in
the season opener for both clubs.
Tomas Hertl produced two goals and an assist for the Sharks, and
teammate Evander Kane had a goal and two assists. John Leonard added
two assists in his NHL debut.
Conor Garland and Clayton Keller each had a goal and an assist for
the Coyotes, and Phil Kessel scored once. Darcy Kuemper stopped 32
Golden Knights 5, Ducks 2
Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch scored third-period goals
to lead Vegas to a win over Anaheim at Las Vegas in the season
opener for both teams.
Jonathan Marchessault and Tomas Nosek also scored goals for Vegas,
and Stone added an assist. Robin Lehner finished with 20 saves as
the Golden Knights won for the 11th time in 13 career meetings with
Max Comtois scored two goals for Anaheim, and John Gibson made 24
Predators 3, Blue Jackets 1
Filip Forsberg scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and
Nashville earned a win over visiting Columbus in the season opener
for both teams.
Three of the newest members of the Nashville roster recorded their
first points in their team debuts. October trade acquisition Luke
Kunin scored the Predators' first goal of the game while free agent
signings Erik Haula and Brad Richardson tallied assists.
Boone Jenner gave Columbus an early lead 9:24 into the first period
after taking advantage of a pair of fortunate bounces.
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