Alex Ovechkin passed Wayne Gretzky with his NHL-record 57th empty-net goal and the Washington Capitals snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

T.J. Oshie scored his 299th career goal and Charlie Lindgren made 18 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Capitals won for the first time since defeating St. Louis on Jan. 18.

Ovechkin’s goal was his 12th of the season and 834th of his career, leaving him 61 shy of surpassing Gretzky’s NHL record.

The Bruins were outshot 27-7 through two periods and lost for the third time in their last four home games.


Red Wings win on penalty shot in overtime

Jake Walman scored on a penalty shot in overtime to complete the Detroit Red Wings’ comeback 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Detroit trailed 3-1 entering the third period, but Daniel Sprong scored on a power play at 2:34 and Michael Rasmussen scored the tying goal five minutes later.

The Red Wings improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games and won for the seventh time when trailing after two periods.

Patrick Kane had an assist in his 1,200th career game in his return after missing the last seven games with a lower-body injury.

Filip Hronek and Elias Pettersson each had a goal and two assists for the league-leading Canucks, who had a 12-game point streak snapped with a 4-0 loss to Boston on Thursday.


Senators beat Leafs before wild ending

Shane Pinto scored one goal and set up two others to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game that ended with Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly cross-checking Ridly Greig for using a slap shot to score into an empty net.

Claude Giroux, Vladimir Tarasenko and Josh Norris also scored as the Senators matched a season high with their third straight victory.

Greig decided to use a slap shot to score from short range and Rielly took exception. As Greig headed back up the boards toward the bench, Rielly hit him high with a cross-check.

He was given a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves after he was honoured for a milestone victory and Kirill Kaprizov scored the tiebreaking goal to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

Fleury, who earned his 553rd career win, was honoured in a pregame ceremony nearly a month after passing Patrick Roy (551) for second place in NHL history.

Fleury beat his former team in his return after missing five games due to an upper-body injury.

Matt Boldy and Jonas Brodin scored for Minnesota before Kaprizov banged home a rebound at 9:34 of the third period to put the Wild ahead 3-2.

Reilly Smith and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who dropped to 0-3-1 in their last four road games.

Oilers rally for 17th win in 18 games

Evander Kane had a hat trick and Connor McDavid set up three third-period goals as the Edmonton Oilers rallied for their 17th win in 18 games, 5-3 over the Anaheim Ducks.

Leon Draisaitl added a goal and an assist and Zach Hyman also scored as the Oilers rebounded after their 16-game winning streak – tied for the second-longest in NHL history – was snapped Tuesday at Vegas.

The Ducks had a four-game point streak halted despite getting two goals from Ryan Strome.

Rangers win in overtime after blowing lead

Mika Zibanejad scored at 2:36 of overtime and the New York Rangers topped the league-worst Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 after squandering a two-goal lead.

Chris Kreider, Alexis Lafreniere and Jonny Brodzinski had the other goals for the Rangers, who have won four straight.

Zibanejad’s goal was his franchise-record eighth in OT, breaking a tie with Brian Leetch, Cecil Dillon and Butch Keeling.

Alex Vlasic scored in the first period and Nick Foligno and Jason Dickinson had third-period goals as Chicago’s winless streak reached six games (0-5-1).

The Eastern Conference's top team made quick work of the best team from the West.

Brad Marchand and Danton Heinen each scored short-handed goals in the first period, and the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Thursday in a showdown between the NHL's top two teams.

Charlie Coyle set up both short-handed goals and Boston extended the lead to 4-0 in the opening minute of the second period when Morgan Geekie and Pavel Zacha scored 15 seconds apart.

Linus Ullmark only needed to make 17 saves to register his first shutout of the season.


Boston (32-10-9) won for the eighth time in 10 games to move into a tie with Vancouver (34-12-5) for the most points in the NHL with 73.

The Canucks lost for the first time in regulation since January 4, after going 10-0-2 over their previous 12 games.

Thatcher Demko's nine-game winning streak ended with the Vancouver goaltender stopping just 21 of 25 shots.

The Canucks managed just four shots on goal in both the first and third period and were held without a score for the first time since October 17 - just their third game of the season.


Necas' first career hat trick helps Hurricanes beat Avalanche

Martin Necas recorded his first career hat trick in style.

Playing in his 330th career game, Necas registered a natural hat trick in the first 17 minutes of the Carolina Hurricanes' 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

His hat trick marked the second-fastest to begin a game in Carolina franchise history.


The Hurricanes won despite an odd goaltending situation.

Pyotr Kochetkov allowed two goals in the final 30 seconds of the first period and was pulled in favor of Antii Raanta.

Raanta stopped all nine shots he faced but suffered a lower-body injury and lasted just one period.

Kochetkov then re-entered for the final period and turned aside all 10 shots he faced in the third. He finished with 16 saves for the Hurricanes (29-16-5), who improved to 12-3-1 in their last 16 games.

Colorado netminder Alexandar Georgiev permitted the hat trick on just four shots before rebounding. He ended up with 23 saves.

Zach Parise and Samuel Girard scored seven seconds apart for the Avalanche (32-16-4), who lost their third in a row after entering the All-Star break on a 13-3-1 stretch.


Panthers pull away to beat Capitals

Ryan Lomberg scored the go-ahead goal with 6:52 remaining in the third period to lift the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

Lomberg's goal was just his third of the season, and ended a 35-game stretch without one dating to November 14.

Sam Reinhart scored his team-leading 38th goal on a power play, while Matthew Tkachuk added a goal and two assists to give him 12 goals and 18 assists in his last 17 games.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 21 shots for Florida (32-15-4), which won for the fifth time in six games.

Washington (22-20-7), meanwhile, has lost six straight games.

Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring with a power-play goal - the 833rd goal of his career.

He has now scored in three straight games after failing to score in his previous eight contests.


Jimmy Vesey scored twice and Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win on Wednesday over the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lost defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to a leg injury.

Jonny Brodzinski had the other goal to help the Rangers win their third straight and second in three days after the All-Star break.

Quick has won his last three starts with a .952 save percentage and is 12-4-2 this season with a 2.27 goals-against average.

Sergachev had to leave the ice on a stretcher after his leg bent at an awkward angle on a play along the boards in the second period. He became tangled with Rangers forward Alexis Lafreniere and his left skate appeared to stick in the ice as his knee twisted unnaturally.


Maple Leafs hold off Stars

William Nylander had two goals and an assist and Auston Matthews scored his league-leading 41st goal in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.

John Tavares added a goal and two assists and Mitchell Marner also scored as the Leafs won their fourth in five games.

Marner and Nylander scored 20 seconds apart midway through the third period to give Toronto a 5-3 lead with 8:03 remaining.

Evgenii Dadonov had a pair of goals for Dallas, which had a four-game win streak stopped.


Wild beat Blackhawks again

Marcus Foligno scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Filip Gustavsson made 20 saves as the Minnesota Wild made it 11 straight wins over the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1.

Jacob Lucchini scored his first goal of the season for Minnesota, which has limited Chicago to 16 goals during an 11-0-0 run in the series since a 5-3 loss on Dec. 15, 2019.

Nick Foligno had the lone goal as the league-worst Blackhawks lost their fifth in a row.

Chandler Stephenson snapped a tie in the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights ended the Edmonton Oilers’ 16-game winning streak, 3-1 on Tuesday.

The Oilers fell one win shy of matching the NHL record of 17 straight wins, held by the Mario Lemieux-led 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Edmonton’s 16-game streak is tied with the 2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets for the second-longest in league history.

Nicolas Roy scored in the first period and William Karlsson added an empty-net goal as Vegas improved to 6-1-1 in its last eight games.

Adin Hill stopped 30 shots and is 3-0-0 with a .955 save percentage in three starts since returning from an injury that sidelined him over a month.

Connor McDavid scored a short-handed goal for the Oilers, who lost for the first time since Dec. 19 against the New York Islanders and dropped to 24-4-0 in their last 28 games.


Lindholm shines in Canucks debut

Elias Lindholm scored a pair of power-play goals in his Canucks debut and J.T. Miller snapped a third-period tie as Vancouver extended its point streak to 12 games with a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Lindholm, who began his career with Carolina, scored in each of the first two periods in his first game since he was acquired from Calgary last week.

Quinn Hughes and Brock Boeser each had two assists and Thatcher Demko stopped 22 shots as the NHL-leading Canucks improved to 10-0-2 in their last 12 games.

Demko won his ninth straight start to set a franchise record, breaking a tie with Dan Cloutier (2002).

Jordan Martinook and Sebastian Aho scored for the Hurricanes, who had won three straight.


Jarry earns NHL-best sixth shutout

Tristan Jarry turned away 24 shots for his NHL-leading sixth shutout to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 win over the slumping Winnipeg Jets.

Jarry stopped eight shots in each of the first two periods and seven more in the third for his 19th career shutout. He is 5-0 lifetime against the Jets.

Bryan Rust, Jeff Carter and Kris Letang scored to help the Penguins win their second straight following a three-game skid.

Winnipeg has dropped four in a row after winning 10 of 11.

Alexis Lafreniere's goal 1:53 into overtime lifted the New York Rangers to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday in a matchup of division leaders that started up the NHL's post-All-Star break schedule.

The Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers trailed 1-0 in the third period before rallying behind goals from Lafreniere and Artemi Panarin that supported a sharp 32-save effort from Jonathan Quick.

Former Ranger Alexandar Georgiev shut out his ex-team for over 2 1/2 periods until Panarin's wrist shot bounced off Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon and deflected past the Colorado goaltender to tie the game at 1-1 with 8:43 left in regulation.

Lafreniere later ripped the puck by Georgiev on the Rangers' lone shot attempt in overtime to end the Central Division-leading Avalanche's three-game winning streak. Quick was credited with a secondary assist on the goal.

MacKinnon extended his point streak to 14 games when he rushed up the ice and fired a shot that beat Quick to the glove side with 1:46 remaining in the first period.

Georgiev finished with 29 saves, including 11 in the first period.

Engvall's late goal puts Islanders over Maple Leafs

Former Maple Leaf Pierre Engvall scored the tie-breaking goal in his return to Toronto to send the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over his ex-team.

Engvall knocked in a rebound of teammate Brock Nelson's shot with 2:02 left in the third period to snap a 2-2 deadlock and help stop New York's three-game losing streak. The forward was making his first appearance at Scotiabank Arena since being traded by the Maple Leafs to the Islanders on Feb. 28, 2023.

Mathew Barzal and Kyle MacLean also scored for New York to back 35 saves from Ilya Sorokin.

Former Islanders captain John Tavares had a goal and an assist for Toronto and briefly tied the game at 2-2 with a power-play tally with 4:48 remaining.

After Barzal recorded the lone goal of the first period, Mitchell Marner scored just 50 seconds into the second to pull the Maple Leafs even. The tied score lasted only two minutes, however, as MacLean beat Toronto goaltender Ilya Samsonov on a breakaway for his first NHL goal.

MacLean's father, John, is an Islanders' assistant coach.

Samsonov registered 26 saves for the Maple Leafs, who had a three-game winning streak halted.



The Los Angeles Kings fired head coach Todd McLellan on Friday following an extended slump that has put their post-season chances in question.

Though the Kings entered the NHL's All-Star break holding the first of two wild-card spots in the Western Conference, their lead over the ninth-place Nashville Predators is just two points and they've lost 14 of their last 17 games (3-8-6). 

Los Angeles began the season with a 20-7-4 start, with its 44 points tied for the most in franchise history after 31 games, and set an NHL record by winning its first 11 road games. 

“We want to thank Todd for his hard work and dedication to the organisation,” Kings vice president and general manager Rob Blake said in a statement. “He has done a tremendous job in moving us forward and making a positive impact on our group and in our community. This was not an easy decision, but we felt the change was necessary at this time."

Assistant Jim Hiller will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

McLellan was in his fifth season behind the Kings' bench and led Los Angeles to the play-offs in each of the past two campaigns, though the team was ousted in the opening round both times. He compiled a 164-130-44 overall record in regular-season play.

The 56-year-old has gone 598-412-134 overall as an NHL head coach and ranks 23rd in league history in regular-season wins. McLellan previously spent seven seasons as the head coach of the San Jose Sharks from 2008-15 and guided that team to a pair of appearances in the Western Conference finals. He later coached the Edmonton Oilers for three-plus seasons from 2015-18.

A dramatic offensive decline has played a large role in the Kings' struggles over the past five weeks, as their average of 2.35 goals per game since Dec. 28 ranks 30th of 32 teams over that period. Los Angeles ranked third in the league with an average of 3.58 goals per game during its 20-7-4 start.

Hiller has spent the last two seasons on the Kings' coaching staff and previously worked as an assistant coach for the New York Islanders (2019-22), Toronto Maple Leafs (2015-19) and Detroit Red Wings (2014-15). The 54-year-old has never been a head coach at the NHL level, but was the head coach of the Tri-City Americans in the junior ranks for five seasons from 2009-14.

"Jim is a well-respected member of our staff who is familiar with our players," Blake said. "We are confident in his ability to lead our team effectively during this pivotal time.”

The Kings are the sixth team to make an in-season coaching change in 2023-24, joining the Edmonton Oilers (Jay Woodcroft), Minnesota Wild (Dean Evason), St. Louis Blues (Craig Berube), Ottawa Senators (D.J. Smith) and New York Islanders (Lane Lambert).

Alex Turcotte scored his first NHL goal and assist and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a four-game skid with a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.

Turcotte – the fifth overall pick in 2019 – extended the Kings’ lead to 2-0 in the second period and assisted on Trevor Lewis’ goal with 6:40 remaining. He was playing in his second NHL game of the season and 14th overall.

Carl Grundstrom and Kevin Fiala also scored for the Kings, who head into the All-Star break on a 3-8-6 stretch.

David Rittich made 38 saves and is 5-1-3 as a starter this season.

Filip Forsberg and Philip Tomasino tallied for Nashville, which has one win in six games (1-4-1).


Senators edge Red Wings in overtime  

Shane Pinto scored on a lunging tip-in at 2:05 of overtime to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Brady Tkachuk and Mark Kastelic also scored and Joonas Korpisalo made 22 saves as Ottawa improved to 5-1-2 in its last eight games.

Daniel Sprong and Dylan Larkin had goals for the Red Wings, who finished January with a 9-2-2 record.

Larkin’s team-best 23rd goal extended his point streak to 12 games. He has 10 goals and six assists during that span.


Vatrano propels Ducks in overtime

Frank Vatrano scored with 53 seconds left in overtime and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the San Jose Sharks, 3-2.

Isaac Lundestrom scored in the first period and Troy Terry netted the equaliser with 61 seconds to play in regulation as Anaheim improved to 3-0-1 in its last four games.

San Jose got goals from Anthony Duclair and Marc-Edouard Vlasic and notched at least a point for the sixth time in seven games (4-1-2).

Elvis Merzlikins stopped 21 shots and Dmitri Voronkov scored in the third period as the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped the St. Louis Blues’ five-game winning streak, 1-0 on Tuesday.

Merzlikins and Jordan Binnington hooked up in a scoreless duel until Voronkov buried a one-timer off a Zach Werenski pass on an odd-man rush at 4:11 of the third.

Merzlikins’ shutout was the 10th of his career and his first since blanking Carolina on Jan. 13, 2022, ending a 94-game span between shutouts.

Binnington finished with 21 saves as St. Louis was shut out for the second time this season.


Blackwood stops 32 in shutout of Kraken

MacKenzie Blackwood turned aside 32 shots for his first shutout in over two years as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Seattle Kraken, 2-0.

Blackwood earned his first shutout since December 2021 with New Jersey.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic opened the scoring 7:27 into the third period and Jan Rutta added an empty-net goal with 21 seconds remaining as last-place San Jose won for the fourth time in five games.  

Seattle got 20 saves from Joey Daccord and has lost six of eight following a nine-game winning streak. 

Claude Giroux's goal with 1:24 remaining in overtime completed a furious rally as the Ottawa Senators overcame a three-goal deficit to earn a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators in Monday's lone game of the NHL schedule.

Ottawa trailed 3-0 after one period before goals from Drake Batherson, Tim Stuetzle and Brady Tkachuk in the second tied the game, and the Senators received a superb relief effort from goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to help spur the comeback.

Korpisalo stopped all 17 shots he faced after taking over for Mads Sogaard, who was pulled after one period after allowing three goals on 11 shots.

After the Predators failed on a 2-on-1 attempt late in overtime, the Senators countered with an odd-man rush of their own. Stuetzle worked a give-and-go with Giroux, who blasted his teammate's pass over Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros for the game-winner.

Ottawa, tied for last in the Eastern Conference with 40 points, had lost two in a row coming in but improved to 4-1-2 over its last seven games.

The Predators lost for the fourth time in five games despite a solid performance from Saros, who made 14 saves in the third period to force overtime and finished with 31.

Michael McCarron staked Nashville to an early lead when he rocketed a loose puck past Sogaard 8:26 in. Philip Tomasino and Yakov Trenin then scored 2:30 apart before the end of the first period to give the Predators a seemingly comfortable 3-0 advantage. 

Brayden Schenn's goal 1:04 into overtime lifted the St. Louis Blues to a season-high fifth consecutive win, a 4-3 victory over the still-struggling Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

Jordan Kyrou had a goal and two assists and Joel Hofer made 30 saves as the Blues won their fourth straight game by a 4-3 score. Pavel Buchnevich added a goal before setting up Schenn's game-winner by intercepting a pass from Los Angeles' Phillip Danault.

Danault, Adrian Kempe and Jaret Anderson-Dolan all had goals in the Kings' fourth consecutive loss. Los Angeles is now 2-8-6 since Dec. 28.

St. Louis trailed 2-1 before Buchnevich scored on a power play 6:34 into the second period. The goal came 55 seconds after Anderson-Dolan knocked in a feed from Trevor Lewis for a short-handed goal that briefly put the Kings ahead.

Kyrou's goal with 7:53 left in the second gave the Blues a 3-2 edge, but Danault tied it later in the period by ripping a shot past Hofer. 

Kempe's 17th goal of the season opened the scoring 4:06 in before Nick Leddy drew the Blues even with 7:09 left in the first period.

David Rittich finished with 28 saves for Los Angeles. 


Eberle's two goals help Kraken hold off Blue Jackets

Jordan Eberle recorded two goals and an assist and the Seattle Kraken held off a late comeback effort from the Columbus Blue Jackets to earn a 4-2 win.

Joey Daccord had 30 saves and Brandon Tanev tacked on an empty-net goal in the final seconds as the Kraken improved to 2-0-1 over a three-game stretch that followed a four-game streak of regulation losses.

All of Eberle's points came during a dominant first period that staked Seattle to a 3-0 lead. The veteran forward's two goals both came on the power play, and he set up Jared McCann with just under four minutes left in the period for the Kraken's second goal. 

After managing just 14 shots on Daccord over the first two periods, Columbus sprung to life with 18 in the third as Yegor Chinakhov produced both Blue Jackets goals. The second, which came on a breakaway off a Seattle turnover, cut the lead to 3-2 with 4:02 remaining.

Daccord made four saves in the final 3:45, however, before Tanev scored with 13 seconds left to seal the victory.

Daniil Tarasov stopped 22 of 25 shots for Columbus, which has now lost seven of its last nine games (2-5-2).


Another game, another win for the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Saturday for their 16th win in a row to move within one victory of the longest winning streak in NHL history.

Edmonton (29-15-1) now begins the All-Star break and won't have a chance to match the record held by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins until February 6, when it visits the Vegas Golden Knights.

With the win, the Oilers tied the league's second-longest single-season winning streak, held by 2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets.


Connor McDavid led the way, tallying a goal and three assists, while Leon Draisaitl recorded a goal and two assists for the Oilers, who improved to 24-3-0 since November 24.

The Oilers, who last lost on December 19, are outscoring teams 61-24 during the winning streak and have a franchise-record streak of 14 consecutive games of allowing two goals or less.

Stuart Skinner had another solid showing between the pipes, turning aside 28 shots. He has yielded one goal in each of his last three games and has started 12 games during the winning streak, posting a 1.41 goals-against average in those outings.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring for Edmonton with a power-play goal in the first period and Zach Hyman ended the scoring with an empty-netter for his 30th goal of the season.

Draisaitl scored on the power-play for his 800th career point to reach that milestone in his 683rd game - the fourth-fastest player to reach that mark.

Colton Sissons had the lone goal for the Predators (26-22-1), who lost for the third time in four games.


Matthews scores league-leading 40th goal as Maple Leafs beat Jets

Auston Matthews reached a pair of milestones in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets, scoring his league-leading 40th goal to reach 600 career points.

Matthews, who has three more goals than the Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart, has scored in three straight games and has seven goals and three assists in his last six contests.

Playing in his 527th game, Matthews became the fastest skater in Toronto franchise history to 600 career points with his power-play goal with 4:32 to play in the third period.


Ilya Samsonov finished with 24 saves as the Maple Leafs (25-14-8) swept a home-and-home set with the Jets and extended their winning streak to three games.

Ryan Reaves, John Tavares and Simon Benoit also scored goals for Toronto in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break.

Winnipeg's Dylan Samberg opened the scoring when the defenseman found the back of the net on the Jets' first shot of the game 4:13 into the first period.

Mason Appleton added a late goal for the Jets (30-12-5), who lost their third straight game after losing just three of their previous 17 contests (14-1-2).


Rangers score 7 straight goals to rally by Senators

The New York Rangers are heading into the All-Star break on a positive note, rallying from a 2-0 deficit for a 7-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Artemi Panarin was one of six Ranger skaters recording multiple points, tallying a goal and two assists, as New York (30-16-3) bounced back from back-to-back defeats and enters the break atop the Metropolitan Division.

After falling behind 2-0, the Rangers erupted for five goals in the second period, tying the game on Chris Kreider's 23rd goal of the season. New York took the lead just 39 seconds later on Zac Jones' first goal.

With the victory, first-year Rangers coach Peter Laviolette moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time wins list, sitting alongside Al Arbour with 782.

The Senators (18-25-2) lost in regulation for the first time since January 16 after going 3-0-2 in their previous five contests.


Logan O’Connor scored twice and Nathan MacKinnon extended his home point streak to a franchise-record 25 games as the Colorado Avalanche rolled to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.

Cale Makar and Josh Manson also scored for the Avalanche, who won for the 11th time in 14 games.

MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to move past Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov for the NHL scoring lead with 84 points. He has points in 12 consecutive games overall and his 25-game home streak ties him with Bobby Orr in 1974-75 for the second-longest home streak to open an NHL season.

Kevin Fiala scored the lone goal for the Kings, who have lost 13 of 15 after starting the season 20-7-4.

Marchessault scores 3 in Knights’ win

Jonathan Marchessault registered his second hat trick of the season and Adin Hill stopped 36 shots to lead the surging Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Keegan Kolesar and Sheldon Rempal also scored, and Ivan Barbashev had three assists as Vegas improved to 5-0-1 in its last six games.

Blake Wheeler and Kaapo Kaako had goals for the Rangers, who have lost nine of 13 this month (4-7-2).

Hill has stopped 76 of 80 shots in two starts since returning from an injury that sidelined him over a month.

Red-hot Reinhart lifts Panthers in shootout

Sam Reinhart scored the deciding goal in the shootout after scoring his 36th goal of the season in regulation as the Florida Panthers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2.

Reinhart continued his career-best 12-game point streak with his 13th goal during that span. He ranks second in the NHL in goals behind only Toronto’s Auston Matthews (39).

Reinhart’s goal was his league-best 19th on the power play, matching a franchise record, shared by Scott Mellanby and Pavel Bure. Reinhart also has goals in a franchise-record eight straight road contests.

Evgeni Malkin scored the tying goal for Pittsburgh with 41.5 seconds left in regulation. The Penguins have one win in their last six games (1-2-3).

Calvin Pickard made 27 saves for his first shutout in over five years and the Edmonton Oilers won their 15th straight game, 3-0 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Connor McDavid scored twice and set up a goal by Zach Hyman as Edmonton became just the fifth team in NHL history to win 15 or more consecutive games.

The Mario Lemieux-era Pittsburgh Penguins hold the NHL record with a 17-game winning streak set during the 1992-93 season, while the 2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets own the second-longest run at 16 games.

The Oilers are 23-3-0 in their last 26 games and have gone a franchise-record 13 straight games allowing two or fewer goals.

Pickard’s shutout was his first since a 4-0 win over the New York Rangers on Nov. 23, 2018, when he was with Philadelphia.

Chicago tied a franchise record with its 19th consecutive road loss (0-18-1), set in 1953-54 and matched in 2003-04.


Lightning’s Kucherov adds 3 more points

Red-hot Nikita Kucherov had a goal and two assists and Steven Stamkos recorded his 1,100th career point to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Kucherov, coming off a four-point game in a victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday, raised his season total to a league-leading 83 points, one ahead of Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon. Kucherov also reached 50 assists in fewer than 50 games for the third time in his career, one of only nine players to accomplish that.

Brayden Point scored one goal and set up another to help Tampa Bay win its fifth straight at home. The Lightning have won seven of eight overall.

Stamkos notched his milestone point with an assist on Kucherov’s goal and scored a power-play goal of his own in the second period.


Hurricanes beat Devils to stay hot

Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each scored one goal and set up another and Antti Raanta stopped 23 shots in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Jordan Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, who won a night earlier at East-leading Boston and improved to 10-2-1 since Christmas.

Justin Dowling and Jesper Bratt scored third-period goals for New Jersey, which has lost four of its last six games.


Nathan MacKinnon scored three of his four goals consecutively and added an assist and Mikko Rantanen had a goal and four assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-2 rout of the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

MacKinnon’s first goal of the game at 2:39 of the second period extended Colorado’s lead to 2-0, and he made it 3-0 at the 7-minute mark. He notched his third goal of the game 2:16 later and completed his second four-goal game of the season with 3:46 remaining in the third period.

MacKinnon, who drew an assist on Rantanen’s third-period goal, leads the NHL with 82 points, two more than Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov.

The Avalanche superstar extended his home point streak to 24 games to break a tie with Joe Sakic for the franchise record. MacKinnon has 11 goals and 15 assists during an overall 12-game point streak.

Cale Makar set the franchise record for goals by a defenseman with his 76th and Colorado improved to 10-1-0 in its last 11 home games.


Canucks rally to extend point streak in OT loss

Pius Suter completed his hat trick with 52 seconds left in regulation and the Vancouver Canucks pushed their point streak to 10 games with a 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Brayden Schenn scored the game-winner at 1:54 of overtime after Vancouver battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the third behind Suter’s two goals.

Jake Neighbours had a goal and an assist to help the Blues win their third straight.

Quinn Hughes had a pair of assists as the Canucks moved to 8-0-2 in their last 10 games and increased the league’s highest point total to 69.


Hurricanes cool Bruins with late goal

Jordan Martinook scored with 2 ½ minutes remaining and Spencer Martin made 26 saves to win his Hurricanes debut as Carolina ended the Boston Bruins’ six-game winning streak, 3-2.

Boston rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period on goals by Brad Marchand, but Martinook beat Linus Ullmark on a breakaway for the winner.

Martin Necas and Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won five straight road games.

Marchand’s goals gave him 395, tying him with Ray Bourque for fifth on the team’s all-time list. Bourque scored 395 of his 410 career goals with the Bruins.

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