NHL roundup: Streaking Rangers blow by Predators
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[March 20, 2023]
The New York Rangers remained red-hot Sunday night when they
rode a six-goal first period to a 7-0 rout of the visiting Nashville
The Rangers, who blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-0 on Saturday
night, have won four straight by a combined score of 22-5. They have
scored 15 unanswered goals in their last three games, the longest
streak in the NHL this season.
K'Andre Miller scored twice in the first, and Filip Chytil, Mika
Zibanejad, Tyler Motte and Artemi Panarin also collected goals as
the Rangers tied the franchise record for most goals in a first
period, set most recently against the Los Angeles Kings in an 8-3
win on Dec. 15, 1999. Goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped all 22 shots he
faced one night after Igor Shesterkin recorded the shutout with 33
The Predators have lost three straight (0-2-1). They entered Sunday
five points behind the Winnipeg Jets in the race for the second wild
card in the Western Conference. Goalie Kevin Lankinen was pulled
after allowing four goals on just five shots in the first 9:09.
Juuse Saros went the rest of the way and made 26 saves.
Bruins 7, Sabres 0
Boston received another strong performance from goaltender Jeremy
Swayman and extended its winning streak to three games by blasting
Swayman, who recorded 36 saves in a 3-0 victory over Winnipeg on
Thursday night, stopped 27 Buffalo shots to collect his fourth
shutout of the season and the ninth of his career. Patrice Bergeron,
Garnet Hathaway, Jake DeBrusk, Hampus Lindholm, David Pastrnak,
Charlie Coyle and Charlie McAvoy scored for Boston, which completed
a five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 record.
The loss was the beginning of a three-game homestand for the Sabres,
who received 19 saves from Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.
Wild 5, Capitals 3
Matt Boldy had a hat trick, and Minnesota defeated Washington in
Saint Paul, Minn.
Ryan Reaves and Brandon Duhaime also scored for the Wild, who were
playing the second half of a back-to-back after a 5-2 loss to the
Boston Bruins on Saturday. Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves.
Minnesota moved ahead of the Colorado Avalanche for sole possession
of second place in the Central Division, but the Wild have played
two more games.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Capitals, who have lost three of
four. Charlie Lindgren made 35 saves. Washington trails the
Pittsburgh Penguins by five points for the second wild-card entry
into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
Golden Knights 7, Blue Jackets 2
Jack Eichel had a hat trick and Vegas scored four times in the span
of 6:22 in the second period to pull away for a five-goal victory
over Columbus in Las Vegas.
It was the fourth hat trick of Eichel's career. Phil Kessel and
Pavel Dorofeyev each had a goal and an assist, Alex Pietrangelo tied
a team record for defensemen with four assists and Zach Whitecloud
and Paul Cotter also scored goals for Vegas, which broke a tie for
first place in the Pacific Division with the idle Los Angeles Kings
with its fifth win in its last six games.
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Mar 19, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA;
Boston Bruins left wing A.J. Greer (10) skates with the puck as
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Owen Power (25) defends during the third
period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA
Kirill Marchenko and Liam Foudy scored goals and
Patrik Laine had two assists for Columbus, which suffered its
seventh loss in eight games. Daniil Tarasov made 24 saves on 29
shots before being pulled with 3:03 left in the second period.
Michael Hutchinson finished up and made 10 saves.
Blues 3, Jets 0
Joel Hofer and Thomas Greiss combined for a 34-save shutout as St.
Louis defeated visiting Winnipeg.
Hofer made 33 saves in his second game filling in for Jordan
Binnington, who completed his two-game NHL suspension Sunday. Greiss
stopped the only shot he faced while Hofer was out of the game for a
skate repair. Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist for the
Blues, who have won four of their last six games. Nathan Walker and
Jakub Vrana also scored for St. Louis.
Connor Hellebuyck made 14 saves for the Jets, who suffered their
third loss in their last four games.
Devils 5, Lightning 2
Jesper Bratt notched his first career hat trick, and Nico Hischier
netted the game-winner in a three-goal second period in New Jersey's
comeback win over host Tampa Bay.
The Devils trailed 2-0 in the second period but got three goals from
the two forwards in less than six minutes to win for the first time
in four games (1-2-1). Bratt and Hischier, who added an assist, each
reached 30 goals in the win as New Jersey improved its stellar road
record to 26-5-4.
For the Lightning, Nikita Kucherov reached 100 points with a goal,
and Alex Killorn scored. Andrei Vasilevskiy (31-18-4) made 34 saves.
New Jersey held Tampa Bay's third-ranked power play scoreless on
Canucks 2, Ducks 1
Elias Pettersson scored his career-high 33rd goal of the season as
visiting Vancouver beat Anaheim and took both games of a two-game
Pettersson eclipsed his previous season best of 32 goals from last
season. Canucks goalie Collin Delia stopped 17 shots. Delia grew up
just north of Anaheim, home of the Ducks, in Rancho Cucamonga.
Ryan Strome scored the lone goal and John Gibson stopped 38 shots
for Anaheim, which is halfway through an eight-game homestand.
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