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Matthews scores NHL-leading 53rd goal as Maple Leafs deal Coyotes 14th straight loss

By Sports Desk March 01, 2024

Auston Matthews added to his NHL-leading goal total and the Toronto Maple Leafs added to Arizona's misery, pulling away for a 4-2 win on Thursday to deal the Coyotes a 14th straight loss.

Matthews scored at 13:12 of the second period for his 53rd goal of the season - 12 more than the Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart for the most in the league.

Matthews entered having gone back-to-back games without lighting the lamp following a five-game stretch in which he scored 10 goals.

The Maple Leafs (34-17-8) went ahead 3-0 on Matthews' goal and got back in the win column after their seven-game winning streak ended with a 6-2 home loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, their first defeat since February 10.

The Coyotes (23-31-5), meanwhile, are 0-12-2 since January 22, when they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.

Arizona's losing streak is the longest in franchise history, and the longest by any team in a single season since the Buffalo Sabres dropped 18 in a row in 2020-21.

Matthew Knies opened the scoring for Toronto with his 11th goal of the season at 13:04 in the first period. 

Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for the Leafs, while William Nylander tallied an empty-netter for his 32nd goal of the season and added two assists.

Joseph Woll turned aside 30 shots in his return after missing 35 games with a high ankle sprain sustained on December 7.

His counterpart, Connor Ingram, stopped 22-of-25 shots, and fell to 0-6-2 with a 4.23 goals-against average in his last eight starts.

Alex Kerfoot and Logan Cooley each scored for Arizona, which has been outscored 64-33 during its losing streak.

 

 

Stankoven scores again as Stars move atop Central Division

Rookie Logan Stankoven scored in his third straight game as the Dallas Stars beat Winnipeg 4-1 on Thursday to move two points ahead of the Jets for first place in the Central Division.

The 21-year-old Stankoven didn't score in his NHL debut last Saturday, but has scored in each game since.

Stankoven's goal against the Jets capped a three-goal first period for the Stars (36-17-9).

Jason Robinson opened the scoring at 6:52 of the opening period with his 20th goal off an assist by Joe Pavelski, who 10 minutes later added his 21st goal of the season.

Roope Hintz ended the scoring with an empty-netter for his 24th of the season, while Jake Oettinger had 25 saves for his 100th win.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32-of-35 shots for the Jets (37-16-5), whose four-game winning streak was snapped.

Winnipeg's lone goal came from Vladislav Namestnikov on the power play at 13:24 of the second period.

 

 

Predators rout Wild 6-1 for seventh straight win

The Nashville Predators extended their season high winning streak to seven games with a 6-1 rout of the Minnesota Wild.

Roman Josi had a goal and two assists, and Yakov Trenin, Cole Smith, Filip Forsberg, Ryan O’Reilly and Ryan McDonagh also scored for the Predators, who are outscoring their opponents 32-12 during their winning streak.

Minnesota's Connor Dewar opened the scoring at 9:51 of the first period, but Trenin was able to tie it up just 49 seconds later, scoring off a backhanded pass from Josi.

Just eight seconds later, the Predators (34-25-2) pulled ahead on an unassisted goal by Smith.

Nashville took a 3-1 lead in the second period on Forsberg's team-leading 29th goal on the power play.

Juuse Saros finished with 33 saves for the Predators, who had lost seven of nine (2-6-1) prior to their current winning streak.

Filip Gustavsson stopped 25-of-31 shots for Minnesota (28-26-6), which has lost two straight after losing just two of its previous nine games (7-1-1).

 

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