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[March 23, 2018]
Auston Matthews and William
Nylander scored goals 98 seconds apart late in the second period
Thursday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Nashville
Predators their first regulation loss since Feb. 17 with a 5-2
decision at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
James van Riemsdyk added his eighth goal in five games for Toronto,
which got 23 saves from goalie Frederik Andersen while strafing
Vezina Trophy favorite Pekka Rinne. In losing for the first time
since mid-February, Rinne made 23 saves.
Toronto came out with the jump, earning an early power play and
capitalizing with a weird goal at 4:03. Trying to make a centering
pass after gathering in the rebound of Mitch Marner's shot, van
Riemsdyk instead scored his 34th goal when the puck hit Roman Josi's
skate and went through Rinne's pads.
The Maple Leafs put the game away with two goals in the first 3:39
of the third period. Marner scored his 20th of the season on the
power play just nine seconds into the period, while Jake Gardiner
added his fifth exactly 3-1/2 minutes later. The Predators had
scored a point in 15 straight games.
Lightning 7, Islanders 6
J.T. Miller scored twice for Tampa Bay, which never trailed but had
to withstand a furious third-period rally by New York to escape with
a win on the road at Barclays Center.
Anthony Cirelli, Tyler Johnson, Victor Hedman, Brayden Point and
Mikhail Sergachev also scored for the Eastern Conference-leading
Lightning, who didn't travel to New York until Thursday morning due
to the snowstorm that hammered the Northeast on Wednesday.
With the win, Tampa Bay extended its Atlantic Division lead over the
idle Boston Bruins to six points, though Boston has two games in
Kings 7, Avalanche 1
Anze Kopitar scored four goals and Los Angeles unleashed on what had
been a stingy Colorado defense at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Kopitar, a center who recorded his fourth career hat trick, had his
third goal with 7:33 remaining in the second period and his fourth
goal was unassisted just 3:28 into the final period. Those tallies
pushed his season total to 33 goals.
Kopitar has his second-most goals in a season and he's one goal away
from matching his career high set in 2009-10. He had gone the
previous three games without a goal. Even with the road game, there
dozens of hats were thrown toward the ice following Kopitar's third
goal. He finished with seven of the team's 35 shots on goal.
Blue Jackets 4, Panthers 0
Sergei Bobrovsky earned a shutout as Columbus, which scored three
goals in less than five minutes in the second period, won its 10th
straight game, defeating visiting Florida.
The Blue Jackets' win streak is the second-longest in franchise
history. With the victory, the Jackets tied the idle Pittsburgh
Penguins in points (89) as they battle for second place in the
Metropolitan Division. The Penguins have one game in hand.
Cam Atkinson, Sonny Milano and Seth Jones scored in the second when
Columbus broke open a scoreless game. Jones, an All-Star defenseman
this year and the fourth overall pick in 2013, was making his return
to the lineup after missing two games due to an upper-body injury.
Capitals 1, Red Wings 0
Philipp Grubauer recorded his third shutout of the season, Brett
Connolly scored the only goal and visiting Washington edged Detroit.
Grubauer turned aside 39 shots for his sixth career shutout. Jakub
Vrana assisted on Connolly's 15th goal of the season as the Capitals
won for the sixth time in seven games.
Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots, but the Red Wings were eliminated
from playoff contention for the second straight season. Washington,
which leads the Metropolitan Division, plays four of its next six
games on the road.
Oilers 6, Senators 2
Connor McDavid netted two goals and two assists, Drake Caggiula
scored twice and goalie Cam Talbot made 33 saves as Edmonton blasted
Ottawa on its home ice.
McDavid is up to 94 points, one back of league leader Nikita
Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Art Ross Trophy race, and
the Oilers star was at his best at the Canadian Tire Centre on a
night the Senators were officially eliminated from playoff
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McDavid had a big hand in putting the game out of reach early in the
third period, when the Oilers scored four times in a 1:51 span.
McDavid -- who became the first Oilers skater to record consecutive
90-point seasons since Mark Messier and Jari Kurri each had a run
that ended in 1989-90 -- has 23 points in his last 12 games
(9-14-23) and 21 goals in his last 25 outings.
Hurricanes 6, Coyotes 5
Jeff Skinner's second goal of the game with 1:58 remaining broke a
5-5 tie and gave Carolina a home victory over Arizona.
Skinner and Valentin Zykov, playing just his second game of the
season, each had two goals and Phillip Di Giuseppe finished with a
goal and two assists for the Hurricanes (32-31-11, 75 points). Teuvo
Teravainen also scored for Carolina, which also got three assists
from Jaccob Slavin plus two assists from both Elias Lindholm and
Cam Ward picked up the win in net with 28 saves, but gave up
arguably the strangest goal of the season when the puck got stuck in
his right skate while he was trying to clear it from behind his net
in the first period. Ward, who lost track of the puck on the play,
then circled back into the goal area and his skate crossed the goal
line for an Arizona goal which was credited to Alex Goligoski, who
had dumped the puck behind the net.
Flyers 4, Rangers 3
Travis Konecny scored two goals to lift Philadelphia Flyers past
visiting New York with the help of Jake Voracek and Oskar Lindblom,
who each scored for the Flyers as secured points for the fourth
Philadelphia's Claude Giroux had three assists, pushing his
three-game total to seven and his season total to 64. Flyers rookie
goaltender Alex Lyon stopped 33 shots as Jesper Fast scored twice
and Mika Zibanejad added a goal for the Rangers.
New York goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 32 saves in the loss.
The Rangers appeared to have tied the game at 4 in the third but the
goal was disallowed for being offsides.
Canucks 5, Blackhawks 2
Alexander Edler had two goals to lift visiting Vancouver out of an
extended scoring slump in the victory over Chicago at the United
Vancouver, which came into the game losers of seven straight (all in
regulation) and 10 of 11, had its highest scoring output since late
February. Edler scored at the 7:11 mark of the first period off
assists from Henrik Sedin and Brendan Leipsic to put the Canucks on
the board first.
Chicago, which has lost five straight, tied the game at one less
than a minute later on Nick Schmaltz's 21st goal of the season off
assists from Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook. Sedin put Vancouver
back on top at the 17:42 mark of the first period with his third
goal of the season, assisted by Daniel Sedin and Sam Gagner, and the
Canucks added two more in the second period.
Sharks 2, Knights 1 (OT)
Logan Couture scored 39 seconds into overtime to lift San Jose to a
over Pacific Division-leading Vegas Thursday night at the SAP Center
in San Jose, Calif.
Brent Burns scored the other goal for San Jose, which extended its
winning streak to six games.
Martin Jones finished with 24 saves for San Jose including a big
save on Jonathan Marchessault at the start of overtime. Malcolm
Subban, making his first start since a 5-2 loss at Minnesota on Feb.
1, had a career-high 42 saves for the Golden Knights.
Tomas Tatar scored for Vegas, which became the first expansion team
in NHL history to hit the 100-point mark in a season.
--Field Level Media
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