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  • NHL roundup: Caps sweep Flyers, keep division lead
    By Field Level Media / Monday, March 25, 2019

    Tom Wilson, Travis Boyd and Jakub Vrana each scored a goal as the Washington Capitals defeated the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 in a Sunday matinee.

    • The Capitals maintain a narrow lead in the Metropolitan Division, leading the New York Islanders by one point and the Pittsburgh Penguins by three. Each team has six games remaining, with Washington hosting the Islanders in the regular-season finale on April 6.

      The Capitals snapped a two-game losing streak and completed a sweep of their four-game season series with the Flyers, whose fading playoff chances took a hit.

      Braden Holtby played another strong game for Washington with 35 saves. Alex Ovechkin did not score a goal for the eighth time in his last nine games, but tallied one assist.

      Hurricanes 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)

      Andrei Svechnikov scored 3:15 into overtime as Carolina defeated visiting Montreal at Raleigh, N.C.

      Svechnikov scored his 20th goal of the season, this one set up on an assist from Jordan Staal. It was Carolina's only shot in overtime.

      Trevor van Riemsdyk scored the tying goal in the third period for Carolina, which won four of five games during a homestand. Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney stopped 28 shots, and Montreal goalie Carey Price made 38 saves.

      Blue Jackets 5, Canucks 0

      Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves for his seventh shutout of the NHL season, and Josh Anderson posted two goals and an assist as visiting Columbus blanked Vancouver.

      Bobrovsky returned after being sidelined Thursday in Edmonton due to an undisclosed upper-body injury. He recorded his second shutout in three games.

      Columbus (41-30-4) ended its losing streak at three games. The Blue Jackets moved within two points of Montreal for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot.

      Islanders 2, Coyotes 0

      Jordan Eberle scored early in the first period and Robin Lehner recorded his fifth shutout of the season with 31 saves as New York further damaged the playoff hopes of visiting Arizona with a win in Uniondale, N.Y.

      Brock Nelson scored on a wraparound with 3:14 left in the third for the Islanders (44-25-7, 95 points), who won for the second time in as many days to remain in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

      Goalie Darcy Kuemper, who made his 17th straight start, made 24 saves for the Coyotes (36-33-7, 79 points), who lost their fifth straight (0-3-2) and missed another chance to move into the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

      Blackhawks 2, Avalanche 1 (OT)

      Duncan Keith scored the game-winning goal 1:23 into overtime to carry host Chicago to a win over Colorado to keep his team's slim playoff hopes alive.

      The 35-year-old Keith denied Nathan MacKinnon on a one-on-one battle, then raced the length of the ice and slid in the game-winner for his sixth goal of the season. Both goaltenders -- Chicago's Corey Crawford and Colorado's Philipp Grubauer -- played back-to-back games for just the second time this season. Crawford made 19 saves, Grubauer 40.

      The win pushed Chicago to 76 points in the standings -- five behind Colorado, which holds the Western Conference's second wild card, and three behind the Minnesota Wild and Arizona Coyotes.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Connor bags hat trick, Jets clinch playoff spot
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, March 24, 2019

    Kyle Connor recorded his first career hat trick, Kevin Hayes tallied four points, Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves and the Winnipeg Jets notched a 5-0 shutout over the visiting Nashville Predators on Saturday.

    • The victory clinched a postseason berth for Winnipeg, which is in the Stanley Cup playoffs for just the fourth time in the 19-season history of the Thrashers/Jets franchise. Winnipeg (45-26-4, 94 points) also extended its Central Division lead over Nashville to four points as the Jets chase their first-ever division title.

      Nashville (42-28-6, 90 points) has lost two in a row and missed a chance to clinch its own playoff spot.

      Hellebuyck now has shutouts in consecutive starts. He improved to 4-0-0 with a .959 save percentage over his last five appearances.

      Bruins 7, Panthers 3

      Visiting Boston scored five times in the second period en route to defeating Florida.

      With the win, the Bruins surpassed 100 points for the second straight season and clinched a playoff spot for the third straight year.

      Boston, which has won four straight games, got goals from Noel Acciari, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Karson Kuhlman, Steven Kampfer, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron (empty-netter). Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak, who took a 5-0 beating from the Panthers on Dec. 4, made 31 saves to earn the win.

      Blues 4, Lightning 3

      Vladimir Tarasenko capped a three-goal surge in 75 seconds as host St. Louis completed a season sweep of Tampa Bay.

      Robert Thomas and Alexander Steen also scored in the first period, and Brayden Schenn tallied in the second for the Blues, who improved to 4-0-1 in their last five games. Rookie Jordan Binnington finished with 39 saves.

      Brayden Point scored his team-leading 40th goal and Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos also tallied for the Lightning, whose seven-game winning streak came to an end. Tampa Bay remained four wins shy of Detroit's NHL record of 62 victories in 1995-96 with six contests to go.

      Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 2

      Colin Wilson scored the go-ahead goal on a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period as host Colorado beat Chicago in Denver in the opener of a home-and-home series.

      Wilson added an assist on Sven Andrighetto's goal in the third period, and J.T. Compher and Derick Brassard also tallied for the Avalanche, who have won four in a row heading into Sunday's rematch in Chicago. Philipp Grubauer finished with 29 saves on Saturday and has turned aside 131 of 135 shots in his last four starts.

      Colorado (34-29-12, 80 points) moved into sole possession of the Western Conference's final wild-card spot, with Arizona and Minnesota each a point behind.

      Hurricanes 5, Wild 1

      Teuvo Teravainen had a goal with two assists, and Jordan Staal recorded one of each as Carolina beat Minnesota in Raleigh, N.C.

      Brett Pesce, Andrei Svechnikov and Lucas Wallmark also scored for the Hurricanes, who bounced back from Thursday's 6-3 home loss to Tampa Bay. A winner in five of seven, Carolina (41-26-7, 89 points) owns the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

      Minnesota (35-32-9, 79), meanwhile, fell to 2-5-1 over its last eight.

      Devils 2, Coyotes 1 (SO)

      Pavel Zacha scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout for New Jersey, which edged Arizona in Newark, N.J.

      After neither team scored in the first four rounds of the shootout, the Devils' Blake Coleman and the Coyotes' Conor Garland traded goals in the fifth round. Zacha then fired a shot between Darcy Kuemper's legs for his first career shootout goal, and New Jersey locked up the victory when Richard Panik's shot rang off the post.

      Drew Stafford scored in the first period for the Devils, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood recorded 24 saves.

      Penguins 3, Stars 2

      Jared McCann scored twice, including a short-handed goal off a spin move to break a third-period tie, to pace visiting Pittsburgh in a win over Dallas.

      Jake Guentzel also scored, and Phil Kessel had two assists for the Penguins (41-24-11), who have won two straight. They also have points in seven of eight and kept pace in points (93) with the second-place New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.

      Tyler Seguin and Andrew Cogliano scored for Dallas (38-31-6, 82 points), which finished a five-game homestand 1-3-1 and remains in the top wild-card spot in the West.

      Islanders 4, Flyers 2

      Josh Bailey scored the tie-breaking goal with 3:57 remaining and added an insurance goal 83 seconds later as New York rebounded from a pair of shutout losses and edged host Philadelphia.

      Bailey recorded his first goal in 13 games since Feb. 26. The clutch tally moved the Islanders to within one point of the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division and lowered their magic number for clinching a postseason spot to eight.

      The win also occurred after the Islanders came off a 5-0 loss to Boston Tuesday and a 4-0 loss at Montreal two nights later.

      Canadiens 7, Sabres 4

      Max Domi and Tomas Tatar each had a goal and two assists, and Montreal rode a four-goal second period to a win over visiting Buffalo.

      Brendan Gallagher scored twice and had an assist, Andrew Shaw had a goal and an assist, and Paul Byron and Artturi Lehkonen added goals for Montreal, which won its third straight and fourth in the past six games.

      The victory increased the Canadiens' lead to three points over the idle Columbus Blue Jackets in the race for the second wild card in the East.

      Flames 3, Canucks 1

      Mark Giordano scored a goal and assisted both of his team's other tallies as visiting Calgary beat Vancouver.

      The Western Conference-leading Flames (47-21-7) posted their sixth win in seven games. The Canucks (32-33-10) saw their win streak end at three games.

      Garnet Hathaway and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for the Flames.

      Red Wings 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)

      Anthony Mantha scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Detroit snapped Vegas' six-game home winning streak.

      Mantha's game-winner, his 19th of the season, came just 19 seconds into overtime. Dylan Larkin intercepted a Reilly Smith pass in front of the Vegas goal and then backhanded a pass to Mantha, who beat Malcolm Subban with a wrist shot from the slot on the glove side.

      Luke Glendening also scored a goal and Andreas Athanasiou had two assists for Detroit, which won for just the fourth time in 17 games. Jimmy Howard had 28 saves for the Red Wings, who picked up their eighth overtime win of the season.

      Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 1 (OT)

      Ryan Strome scored his 15th goal of the season at 1:48 of overtime, and visiting New York defeated Toronto to end a five-game losing streak.

      After the Maple Leafs had a good chance in the Rangers' zone, Strome and Boo Nieves broke out. Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen made the save on the first shot, but Nieves got the puck back to Strome for the winning goal.

      Pavel Buchnevich also scored for the Rangers. Zach Hyman tied the score for Toronto with a third-period goal. The Maple Leafs have lost five of their past seven.

      Senators 4, Oilers 3 (OT)

      Brady Tkachuk scored twice, including the winner 2:09 into overtime, as Ottawa dented host Edmonton's playoff hopes.

      Bobby Ryan and Brian Gibbons also scored for the Senators, who never trailed. Goaltender Craig Anderson made 26 saves to snap a 14-game winless streak (0-13-1).

      Alex Chiasson, Connor McDavid and Colby Cave scored for the Oilers, who dropped to 2-4-0 in their past six games. The Oilers remained six points out of the second and final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

      Kings 4, Ducks 3 (SO)

      Los Angeles defeated visiting Anaheim in a shootout to claim consecutive wins for the first time since the opening week of February.

      Kyle Clifford, Jeff Carter and Carl Grundstrom scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick made 17 saves and stopped all three attempts in the shootout. Anze Kopitar scored the lone goal in the shootout for Los Angeles.

      Carter Rowney scored short-handed, Cam Fowler and Rickard Rakell also scored, and Ryan Miller made 27 saves for the Ducks, who avoided postseason elimination by reaching overtime.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bruins captain Chara gets extension, will play 22nd season
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will stick around for a 22nd season after signing a one-year extension with the club on Saturday.

    • The veteran defenseman will earn a $2 million base salary and up to $1.75 million in incentives.

      Chara is making $5 million this season, but agreed to take a pay cut in order to help the Bruins stay competitive, his agent told the Boston Globe.

      "At this stage of his career, it was important for Z to work within the confines of the Bruins' cap situation to give the Bruins the very best chance to win a Cup," Matt Keator said. "(New England Patriots quarterback Tom) Brady and Z are both willing to sacrifice to win and play as long as they can, well into their 40s."

      Brady has been lauded for taking team-friendly deals with the Patriots that have helped them rack up Super Bowl titles.

      Chara, 42, has been the Bruins' captain for the last 13 seasons after stints with the New York Islanders (1998-2001) and Ottawa Senators (2001-06).

      He won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011.

      --Field Level Media

  • Capitals D Kempny out indefinitely with injury
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny is out indefinitely after appearing to suffer a lower-body injury in Wednesday's loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Friday.

    • Kempny won't be available to play in Friday night's game against the Minnesota Wild, and his status for the playoffs, which begin April 10, is undetermined.

      The 28-year-old from the Czech Republic appeared to injure his left leg as he fell to the ice while wrestling with Lightning forward Cedric Paquette in the second period.

      "I'd say we're going to have to be without him for an indefinite amount of time right now," Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. "We're just getting some more tests before we can make an official time statement on that, but I would just say right now that indefinitely he's out of our lineup."

      Kempny has averaged 19 minutes of ice time per game this season, and has scored a career-high six goals with 19 assists. Before joining the Capitals for the 2017-18 season, he played two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.

      Second-year player Christian Djoos is expected to fill in for Kempny, who was on the team's top defensive pairing with All-Star John Carlson.

      --Field Level Media

  • Capitals G Holtby to skip White House visit
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Washington Capitals will celebrate their Stanley Cup championship from last season at the White House on Monday, but goalie Braden Holtby won't be among the attendees.

    • Joining forward Brett Connolly, who said Monday he was turning down the invitation, Holtby said Friday he was "respectfully declining" the invite.

      "My family and myself, we believe in a world where humans are treated with respect regardless of your stature, what you're born into," said Holtby, a noted LGBTQ rights advocate. "You're asked to choose what side you're on, and I think it's pretty clear what side I'm on."

      Forward Devante Smith-Pelly said even before the Capitals won the title that he would not attend.

      Smith-Pelly told Canada's Postmedia during the Stanley Cup Finals that his decision would be made primarily based on past comments from President Donald Trump.

      "The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist," said Smith-Pelly, a Scarborough, Ontario, native who is black. "Some of the things he's said are pretty gross. I'm not too into politics, so I don't know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don't agree with. It hasn't come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up."

      Connolly cited Smith-Pelly, who was waived in February, in his explanation.

      "I've been in full support of an old teammate that I'm really good friends with and who I agreed with, and a guy who will be back here I'm sure at the end of the year," said Connolly. "That's all I'll say."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Crosby, Pens top Predators in shootout
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Sidney Crosby scored the only goal of a shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators, who had their three-game winning streak halted.

    • After Bryan Rust scored in the second period for Pittsburgh, Nashville's Ryan Ellis tied it 1-1 with 3:01 left in regulation with an unassisted sharp-angle goal from the bottom of the right circle.

      Penguins goalie Matt Murray stopped Ryan Johansen, Ellis and Brian Boyle in the shootout after he turned away 28 shots in regulation and overtime.

      Nashville's Pekka Rinne stopped Phil Kessel in the shootout and made 32 saves through regulation and overtime.

      Golden Knights 5, Jets 0

      William Karlsson had two goals and an assist, Reilly Smith scored two goals, and Malcolm Subban picked up the first shutout of his career as Vegas cruised past Winnipeg in Las Vegas.

      Tomas Nosek also scored a goal, and Paul Stastny and Nick Holden each added two assists for Vegas, which won its fourth straight game and prevailed for the 10th time in its last 11 games. Subban, playing his third straight game in place of the injured Marc-Andre Fleury, finished with 20 saves.

      Winnipeg goalie Laurent Brossoit allowed three goals on 18 shots before leaving early in the second period with a lower-body injury.

      Blues 5, Red Wings 2

      Fourth-liner Ivan Barbashev recorded his first career hat trick as host St. Louis skated to a victory over Detroit.

      St. Louis native Patrick Maroon scored in his career-high fourth consecutive contest, Oskar Sundqvist also tallied and rookie Jordan Binnington finished with 20 saves as the Blues improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games. David Perron had an assist to extend his point streak to 17 games.

      Thomas Vanek scored twice, and Jonathan Bernier turned aside 19 shots for the Red Wings, who have lost 13 of their past 16 (3-10-3).

      Flames 5, Senators 1

      Andrew Mangiapane netted his first career multi-point game with a goal and an assist, and host Calgary scored five unanswered goals en route to its second straight win, a rout of Ottawa.

      Four other Calgary players collected two points, and Mike Smith made 18 saves for the Flames, who have won five of six and hold the top spot in the Western Conference.

      Craig Anderson made 31 saves for the Senators, who have dropped two straight.

      Lightning 6, Hurricanes 3

      Tampa Bay scored four goals in the third period to emerge with the win at Raleigh, N.C.

      Ryan Callahan tallied the go-ahead goal, and Brayden Point and Ryan McDonagh followed with goals. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson and Anthony Cirelli scored earlier for the Lightning, who have a seven-game winning streak.

      Nino Niederreiter, Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Staal scored for Carolina. Staal also had an assist.

      Canadiens 4, Islanders 0

      Carey Price made 28 saves as Montreal topped visiting New York, which was blanked for the second consecutive game.

      Price collected his 31st win and fourth shutout of the season. Over his past five games, Price has a sparkling 1.21 goals-against average and .958 save percentage.

      Joel Armia, Jonathan Drouin and Jordan Weal each had a goal and an assist, and Shea Weber also scored for the Canadiens.

      Bruins 5, Devils 1

      David Pastrnak collected an assist on the first goal of the game and scored the game-winner for Boston, which continued its late-season surge by prevailing at Newark, N.J.

      Patrice Bergeron scored off Pastrnak's feed late in the first period and added an empty-netter in the waning seconds of the game for the Bruins, who have won three straight following a three-game losing streak.

      Danton Heinen also scored, David Backes added an insurance goal with 22 seconds left in the third, and Brad Marchand racked up three assists for Boston. Drew Stafford scored for New Jersey.

      Oilers 4, Blue Jackets 1

      Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, both in the third period, as Edmonton rallied for a victory against visiting Columbus. Leon Draisaitl assisted on all three goals in the final period as the Oilers broke a 1-1 tie.

      Kyle Brodziak, Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers, who had lost three of their previous four games. Mikko Koskinen made 18 saves.

      David Savard scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight (0-2-1). The Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo, starting in net because Sergei Bobrovsky was scratched with an undisclosed injury, stopped 18 of 22 shots.

      Avalanche 3, Stars 1

      Philipp Grubauer stopped 44 shots, Erik Johnson scored on his 31st birthday, and Colorado won at Dallas.

      Tyson Barrie and Carl Soderberg also had goals, and Sam Girard had two assists for the Avalanche, who have won three in a row and moved into a tie with Arizona for the second Western Conference wild card. Tyler Seguin scored, and Ben Bishop had 29 saves for Dallas, which holds the West's top wild-card spot.

      Colorado sustained a potentially serious loss when second-leading scorer Mikko Rantanen left the game late in the third period holding his hip after a big check and did not return.

      Kings 4, Sharks 2

      Matt Roy scored his first NHL goal to start a third-period comeback, and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves as host Los Angeles beat San Jose.

      With his team down 2-1 nearing the midway point of the third period, Roy fired a slap shot from the point that somehow went through a maze of players and a screened netminder to tie the game. Roy was playing his 16th NHL game.

      Anze Kopitar's 21st goal of the season a couple of minutes later became the game-winner, and Jeff Carter added an empty-net goal. The Sharks, who were without key forwards Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture plus defenseman Erik Karlsson, lost their fourth consecutive game.

      Panthers 4, Coyotes 2

      Jonathan Huberdeau had his third three-assist game of the season, and Roberto Luongo snapped a personal five-game losing streak as Florida defeated Arizona in Sunrise, Fla.

      Huberdeau assisted on goals by Aleksander Barkov, Mike Hoffman and MacKenzie Weegar. Barkov added his second of the night into an empty net with 50 seconds left.

      Michael Grabner and Brad Richardson were Arizona's goal-scorers. Darcy Kuemper made 18 saves as the Coyotes lost their third straight game (0-2-1).

      Flyers 3, Blackhawks 1

      James van Riemsdyk scored the tiebreaking goal just before the midway point of the third period, and rookie Carter Hart made 40 saves as Philadelphia won at Chicago.

      Sean Couturier added an empty-netter to tie his career high with 31 goals and also had an assist for Philadelphia, which lost three of four entering the contest but improved to 10-2-1 over the last 13 on the road.

      The Blackhawks have dropped two in a row following a five-game winning streak.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks, Flyers to open 2019-20 season in Prague
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The NHL announced on Thursday that the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers will open the 2019-20 season in Prague, Czech Republic, on Oct. 4.

    • Both teams will train in Europe before playing a couple of exhibition games there, which will include the Blackhawks facing off against Eisbären Berlin -- a team in Germany's top league -- on Sept. 29 in Berlin, and the Flyers facing Lausanne HC on Sept. 30 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

      The NHL teams' season opener will be played in Prague's O2 Arena, where the 2008-09 league opener between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning was held.

      The Flyers are making their European debut but the Blackhawks played in Europe in 2009, when they went 1-1 against the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland, to start a season in which they defeated the Flyers to claim the Stanley Cup.

      The Flyers' Jakub Voracek, who grew up in Kladno, 20 miles west of Prague, and represented the Czech Republic in international competition at the junior and senior levels, is looking forward to playing again in his home country.

      "Obviously, it's something as a kid, you don't think it's possible," Voracek said on nhl.com. "But with the way the NHL is going, I think it's great for us. To see all the friends and family, being able to attend an NHL game you can participate in, it'll be special. It's going to be exciting. I think everyone's pretty pumped up for Prague."

      The NHL also announced that the Buffalo Sabres will face the Lightning in a two-game series in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 8-9 as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series Challenge.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Vasilevskiy sets saves mark in OT win over Caps
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Victor Hedman scored 3:01 into overtime, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record and career-high 54 saves as the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals for the second time in five days, 5-4 on Wednesday night.

    • The old Lightning record for saves was 48, set by Ben Bishop in Jan. 19, 2014, and matched by Vasilevskiy on Dec. 13, 2018. Vasilevskiy was stellar at times, but he allowed Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov to tie the game with 52.6 seconds left in regulation.

      The Lightning, though, prevailed for their sixth straight win -- one game after clinching the Presidents' Trophy with a victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. Nikita Kucherov, the NHL leader with 119 points, scored twice during Tampa Bay's four-goal second period.

      Despite recording a franchise-high 58 shots, to Tampa Bay's 28, Washington had its five-game home winning snapped and could not avenge a 6-3 road loss to the Lightning on Saturday.

      Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 2

      Auston Matthews and John Tavares each scored a goal and added an assist, and visiting Toronto held on to defeat Buffalo.

      Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won for only the second time in six games. Garret Sparks made 22 saves for the Maple Leafs, who swept the four-game season series between the teams.

      Casey Mittelstadt and Alexander Nylander scored for the Sabres, who have lost eight of their past nine games (1-7-1). Carter Hutton was much busier than his counterpart, stopping 42 of 45 shots in Buffalo's goal.

      Canucks 7, Senators 4

      Tanner Pearson and Bo Horvat both scored twice in three-point games while Loui Eriksson collected one goal and three assists as host Vancouver earned its third consecutive win in beating Ottawa.

      Goalie Jacob Markstrom needed to make only 21 saves for Vancouver, which is on a 4-0-1 run and four points out of a playoff spot with eight games remaining in the regular season.

      Max Veronneau, the prized product of Princeton University who signed with the Senators on March 12, put Ottawa on the board with his first career goal at 8:54 of the final frame. He was playing in his third NHL game. Anders Nilsson stopped 33 shots for Ottawa.

      Jets 3, Ducks 0

      Mark Scheifele scored an early goal, and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves as visiting Winnipeg earned a victory over Anaheim to get some breathing room atop the Central Division.

      Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers added third-period goals for the Jets (44-25-4, 92 points), who are now three points ahead of the Nashville Predators in the division thanks to their four-game winning streak. The Jets' magic number for clinching a playoff spot was reduced to five points.

      The Jets held off the Ducks despite playing without defensemen Nathan Beaulieu, Dustin Byfuglien and Josh Morrissey. Winnipeg defenseman Joe Morrow did return Wednesday for his first game since Feb. 14 after recovering from a lower-body injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Wings keep G Howard with contract extension
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    The Detroit Red Wings signed veteran goaltender Jimmy Howard to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Howard, who turns 35 next week, is in his 13th season with Detroit. He could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

      The deal is worth $4 million in base salary and could add as much as $1.1 million in playoff bonuses, the Detroit Free Press reported.

      Howard said Tuesday night, after making 41 saves in a 3-2 win at the New York Rangers, that staying with the Red Wings "means a lot."

      "This is the only organization I know," Howard said on NHL.com. "I love playing for the Wings. My family loves living in Detroit. It's very special."

      Howard is 19-20-5 with a 3.05 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage this season. He has appeared in 509 career games (490 starts) with a 240-171-68 record, a 2.54 GAA and a .914 save percentage. He is a three-time All-Star -- 2012, 2015 and 2019.

      "It totally makes sense to me," Howard said on NHL.com about the one-year contract. "I'll turn 35 here in a week, and from there on out I'm fine with one-year contracts."

      --Field Level Media

  • Islanders C Filppula out four weeks
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula is expected to miss four weeks with an upper-body injury, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Filppula was injured in the first period Tuesday night on a hit from behind by Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton. Filppula, 35, has 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 71 games in his first season with the Islanders.

      New York, with nine games to go in the regular season, is eight points ahead of ninth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference. Filppula's recovery timetable could put him in line to play during the first round of the playoffs, which begin April 10.

      He has been the team's third-line center and a regular penalty killer.

      "Fil's been instrumental in our success this year," captain Anders Lee said on NHL.com. "He's got such a veteran presence and is so smart down the middle. He plays the right way and is always in the right spots. We have some big shoes to fill now with Fil out."

      Filppula is in his 14th year in the NHL, with 492 points (183 goals, 309 assists) for four teams.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Caps alone atop Metro
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    Brett Connolly had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night in Newark, N.J., to move into sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division.

    • Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson also scored for Washington. Nicklas Backstrom collected his 50th assist of the season, and Pheonix Copley made 20 saves.

      Kenny Agostino scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 18 saves for the Devils, who have lost two straight.

      Blues 7, Oilers 2

      Jaden Schwartz capped his hat trick with a power-play goal at 18:48 of the third period as St. Louis defeated visiting Edmonton.

      David Perron added two goals and an assist, and Alex Pietrangelo and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington made 15 saves to improve to 14-3-0 in his past 17 starts.

      Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian scored for the Oilers. Mikko Koskinen stopped 17 of 20 shots before being pulled 5:42 into the second period after the Blues took a three-goal lead. Connor McDavid failed to tally a point, ending his 12-game scoring streak.

      Flames 4, Blue Jackets 2

      Michael Frolik scored the winning goal in a two-point night, and David Rittich was sensational while making 31 saves as host Calgary defeated Columbus. The Flames moved three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks for top spot in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference.

      While Rittich had incredible fortune on his side with the Blue Jackets ringing four pucks off iron, he was outstanding all game, including a one-sided third period in which he stopped 11 shots.

      Andrew Mangiapane, Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk added goals for Calgary, which has won four of its past five games. Zach Werenski and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets.

      Stars 4, Panthers 2

      Alexander Radulov scored two goals, including the winner with 9:28 to play in the third period, and Tyler Seguin had four assists to lift host Dallas to a victory over Florida.

      Dallas is now four points ahead of idle Arizona for the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Florida lost its second straight and is now 4-2-0 in its past six games.

      Jamie Benn and John Klingberg collected the Stars' other goals. Aleksander Barkov tallied twice for the Panthers.

      Avalanche 3, Wild 1

      Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves, Tyson Barrie, Tyson Jost and Ian Cole scored, and Colorado won at Saint Paul, Minn.

      The Avalanche won their second in a row to tighten the Western Conference wild-card race. Colorado moved within a point of the Wild and within two points of Arizona. The Coyotes currently hold the second wild-card spot.

      Zach Parise had a goal, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for Minnesota. The Wild have lost two in a row, and they fell to 2-7-3 in their past 12 home games.

      Predators 3, Maple Leafs 0

      Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots, and Nashville defeated visiting Toronto.

      Rinne has four shutouts this season, and the past two have been against the Maple Leafs. He has 55 career shutouts.

      Ryan Johansen had two assists for the Predators, who managed only 20 shots on goal but won their third in a row. Frederik Andersen finished with 17 saves for the Maple Leafs.

      Bruins 5, Islanders 0

      Sean Kuraly scored two goals in a regular-season game for the first time in his career, and Tuukka Rask stopped all 13 shots he faced as Boston cruised to a win at Uniondale, N.Y.

      The Bruins have won two straight following a three-game losing streak. Boston allowed 15 goals in the skid but has given up just one goal in its last two games. Jake DeBrusk, Patrice Bergeron and Noel Acciari also scored for the Bruins.

      The Islanders lost for the second time in three games (1-2-0). New York goalie Robin Lehner, who played for the first time since sustaining what was believed to be a concussion on March 5, made 34 saves.

      Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2 (SO)

      Dougie Hamilton scored on the first attempt of a shootout, and that was enough for Carolina in a victory against Pittsburgh at Raleigh, N.C.

      The Hurricanes made it past regulation when Justin Williams scored the tying goal with 1:56 left in the third period after the Hurricanes opted to go with an extra skater.

      Pittsburgh's Kris Letang scored with 4:37 remaining, but the Penguins couldn't hold on.

      Red Wings 3, Rangers 2

      Jimmy Howard made 41 saves, and Andreas Athanasiou scored twice as Detroit opened a five-game road trip by holding on for a victory over New York.

      Howard helped the Red Wings sweep the three-game season series with the Rangers by making at least 40 saves for the fifth time this season and 21st time in his career.

      Detroit's Frans Nielsen scored in the first period, and Athanasiou tallied in the second before adding an empty-net goal in the final minute. Ryan Strome and Brendan Smith were the Rangers' goal-scorers.

      Canadiens 3, Flyers 1

      Goals from Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Max Domi carried Montreal to a win at Philadelphia.

      Andrew Shaw tallied two assists and Carey Price stopped 32 shots for the Canadiens.

      Sean Couturier scored and Carter Hart made 33 saves for the Flyers, who took a second straight home loss for the first time since early January.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blues' Tarasenko returning from injury
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko will return for Tuesday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers after missing five games with an upper-body injury.

    • Tarasenko, 27, leads the Blues with 28 goals and ranks second with 58 points.

      "That's really good news for us," St. Louis coach Craig Berube told reporters. "He's fine, he obviously never had a lot of practice time, but he looks fine. He'll be alright."

      The Blues went 1-2-2 without Tarasenko, who was injured in a win against the Los Angeles Kings on March 7.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Lightning capture Presidents' Trophy
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    Tampa Bay earned its first-ever Presidents' Trophy, and Steven Stamkos set a franchise record for the most goals as the Lightning beat the visiting Arizona Coyotes 4-1 on Monday night.

    • Victor Hedman's goal in the first minute of the third period broke a 1-1 tie, and Tampa Bay's top-ranked penalty-kill held Arizona scoreless with the man advantage in the game's last 1:39. Anthony Cirelli, who also had an assist, and Yanni Gourde each produced short-handed, empty-net goals in the final minute.

      Stamkos, 29, scored the game's second goal of the first period. His 384th career tally broke the franchise record for goals previously held by Vincent Lecavalier, who was a member of the Lightning for 14 seasons. Stamkos is in his 11th season.

      The Lightning, who improved to 31-6-2 on home ice secured the No. 1 seed for the postseason. They became the second-fastest ever to notch the Presidents' Trophy, doing it in their 73rd game. The 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings did it in 71 games.

      Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

      Bo Horvat scored 16 seconds into overtime to lift Vancouver to a victory at Chicago. Horvat buried his 25th goal of the season with a shot from point-blank range on the Canucks' first chance of the extra session.

      Alexander Edler and Markus Granlund also scored for Vancouver, which won its second game in as many nights. Thatcher Demko earned his third career victory by stopping 29 of 31 shots.

      Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson scored for the Blackhawks, whose five-game winning streak came to an end. Patrick Kane tallied assists on both Blackhawks goals, giving him 101 points (41 goals, 60 assists) on the season. Chicago's Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots.

      Jets 3, Kings 2

      Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist, and Winnipeg won at Los Angeles to extend its lead in the Central Division.

      Kevin Hayes and Tyler Myers also scored, and Laurent Brossoit made 15 saves for the Jets, who moved three points in front of the Nashville Predators with 10 games left.

      Sean Walker and Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, and Jack Campbell stopped 25 shots.

      Golden Knights 7, Sharks 3

      Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and two assists, and Reilly Smith had a goal and three assists to lead visiting Vegas past San Jose. The Golden Knights won for the ninth time in 10 games.

      William Karlsson added a goal and an assist, and Mark Stone, Paul Stastny and Cody Eakin also scored goals for Vegas. Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban, playing in back-to-back games for the first time in his career with Marc-Andre Fleury sidelined due to a lower-body injury, made 36 saves.

      Logan Couture scored two goals and Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which remained one point short of becoming the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff berth.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bruins RW Pastrnak nears return from thumb injury
    By Field Level Media / Monday, March 18, 2019

    Boston Bruins right winger David Pastrnak, who has missed 16 games after injuring his left thumb in an off-ice fall, participated fully in practice Monday and could return to game action Tuesday.

    • "Not saying that he will, but he'll make that decision in conjunction with the medical staff as early as (Tuesday) after morning skate," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said on NHL.com. "I would assume he'll be a game-time decision. ... I suspect if he doesn't play (Tuesday) that Thursday will be a real good day."

      Boston plays at the New York Islanders on Tuesday before moving on for Thursday's game at the New Jersey Devils.

      Pastrnak, 22, was the team's leader scorer when he slipped and fell on his way to his car after attending a sponsorship dinner with several of his teammates on Feb. 10. Pastrnak is still tied for the team lead with 31 goals and is third with 66 points in 56 games.

      He also was leading the NHL in power-play goals (15) at the time of his injury.

      He told reporters Monday he is feeling no pain but will wear a brace to protect the thumb.

      Boston (43-20-9) has the second-most points in the Eastern Conference with 10 games to go before the playoffs.

      "I have been working really hard to get ready for that," Pastrnak said. "I don't know how I'm going to feel the first game back, so a little nervous, obviously."

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Blackhawks coach Quenneville wants to return to coaching
    By Field Level Media / Monday, March 18, 2019

    Former Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he'd like to coach again in the NHL but isn't in a rush to do so.

    • Quenneville gave his first interview Sunday since he was fired in November after 10-plus seasons behind the Chicago bench. He was dismissed after the Hawks' 6-6-3 start and said his firing didn't shock him.

      "I think in our business there's not too many surprises anymore," said Quenneville, 60, speaking to WGN-TV's Dan Roan.

      "It's part of the business, I understand all that. I know when I exited other places, the bitterness and the animosity was at a different level. And here the memories are so special and so good, and the people here are so special to me and our family that it was tough. ...

      "I never (had the chance to) thank the fans since I left, but I've got nothing but appreciation and (I) admire all they've done and supported our team and our experience here in Chicago."

      The Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups during Quenneville's tenure that began in 2008 and missed the playoffs just once. He left with a record of 452-249-96 in 797 games. Quenneville's 76-52 record in the playoffs is the best postseason mark in team history.

      He also coached a combined 11 seasons in Colorado and St. Louis and has an overall career record of 890-532-77-137.

      Quenneville said that when the season is over and coaching vacancies crop up, he'll think about getting back behind the bench.

      "We're in no hurry right now," he said. "We'll see how things transpire in the offseason."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Flyers use flair for dramatic to top Pens
    By Field Level Media / Monday, March 18, 2019

    Sean Couturier scored with 3.4 seconds left in overtime Sunday to give the visiting Philadelphia Flyers a critical 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    • Couturier's 29th goal came when he blasted the puck from the right circle to the far side past goaltender Matt Murray, who also gave up James van Riemsdyk's tying goal with 18.8 seconds left in regulation.

      Flyers goalie Carter Hart, in just his second start in 11 games, made 41 saves.

      The game was played 16,000 days after Philadelphia (35-29-8, 78 points) last won the Stanley Cup in 1975, and the two points helped keep the Flyers' playoff hopes alive. They are six points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot with 10 games to play.

      Islanders 3, Wild 2 (OT)

      Brock Nelson scored at 1:04 of overtime as New York defeated host Minnesota, which had twice erased one-goal deficits.

      Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee also scored, and goaltender Thomas Greiss made 32 saves as the Islanders won for the fifth time in their past seven games and bounced back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday in Detroit.

      Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for Minnesota, which lost for the fourth time in its past five games. Goalie Alex Stalock, making just his second start in the past 14 games, stopped 17 of 20 shots.

      Golden Knights 6, Oilers 3

      Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner early in the third, and Malcolm Subban had 16 saves to lead Vegas over visiting Edmonton.

      Mark Stone, Cody Eakin, Brayden McNabb and Alex Tuch also scored goals, and William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each had two assists for the Knights (40-27-5, 85 points), who won for the eighth time in nine games.

      Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl and Kris Russell scored goals, and Connor McDavid had two assists for Edmonton (32-33-7, 71 points), which remained seven points out of the second wild card in the Western Conference. It was the eighth straight multi-point game for McDavid, who now has 105 points this season.

      Sabres 4, Blues 3 (SO)

      Sam Reinhart scored in the third round of the shootout as host Buffalo snapped a seven-game skid with a victory over St. Louis.

      Reinhart nearly won the contest in the waning moments of overtime, but his shot caromed off the left post.

      Buffalo captain Jack Eichel and St. Louis forward Tyler Bozak each scored in the first round of the shootout. Reinhart's bid banked off Jake Allen's glove and into the net to set the stage for former Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly, whose shot deflected off the crossbar to end the game.

      Avalanche 3, Devils 0

      Tyson Barrie scored two goals, Philipp Grubauer had 22 saves and Colorado kept its postseason hopes alive with a win over New Jersey in Denver.

      Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to give him 91 points on the season. He joins Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg as the only two Avalanche players to have consecutive 90-point seasons. Colorado trails Arizona by four points in the Western Conference wild-card race. The Avalanche host the Coyotes on March 29.

      Cory Schneider stopped 31 shots for the Devils, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. New Jersey has not won three straight since late December.

      Canucks 3, Stars 2 (SO)

      Josh Leivo's goal in the fourth round of the shootout lifted visiting Vancouver past Dallas.

      The Canucks posted their second win in three games, while the Stars took their second straight loss, which prevented Dallas from gaining ground on St. Louis for third place in the Central Division.

      Tim Schaller led the Canucks with two goals, marking the first two-goal game of his NHL career. Jamie Benn and Taylor Fedun tallied for the Stars.

      Ducks 3, Panthers 2

      Adam Silfverberg scored with 4:43 to play as Anaheim continued to play spoiler with a victory over visiting Florida.

      Devin Shore and Adam Henrique also scored goals, and Ryan Getzlaf had a pair of assists as the Ducks (30-35-9, 69 points), won for the sixth time in their past nine games, with all six of those victories coming against teams either currently in a qualifying position for the playoffs or fighting to become eligible.

      The Panthers (32-28-12, 76 points) were the furthest out from eligibility in that group, but their hopes had been raised with a four-game winning streak that had them believing they could grab the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Killorn, Lightning crush Caps
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, March 17, 2019

    Alex Killorn recorded his first career hat trick, Tampa Bay set a franchise record for wins in a season, and the Lightning beat the visiting Washington Capitals 6-3 on Saturday in the first meeting this season between the Eastern Conference's two division leaders.

    • The Lightning notched their 55th victory and became just the fourth team in NHL history to win 54 games or more in consecutive seasons.

      Tyler Johnson, Erik Cernak and Yanni Gourde also tallied, and Nikita Kucherov notched two assists for the Lightning, who won their fourth straight. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots and won for the 13th time in his past 14 starts.

      Alex Ovechkin had two goals, and John Carlson added a marker and an assist for Washington, which lost for just the third time in its past 15 games. Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 33 shots.

      Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)

      Connor McDavid scored his second goal of the game 58 seconds into overtime as Edmonton claimed a victory in Glendale, Ariz.

      Mikka Koskinen made 28 saves for the Oilers, and Matthew Benning added a goal.

      Alex Galchenyuk scored twice for Arizona. Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 22 shots.

      Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 1 (OT)

      Brad Marchand scored at 3:30 of overtime as Boston returned home and snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Columbus.

      Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston, and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves. The Bruins put together a streak of 19 straight games with a point, the longest in the NHL this season, before going 0-3-0 on a three-game trip to Pittsburgh, Columbus and Winnipeg.

      Matt Duchene scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Columbus' Joonas Korpisalo stopped 31 shots.

      Blackhawks 2, Canadiens 0

      Corey Crawford made a career-high 48 saves in his hometown as visiting Chicago won its fifth in a row, beating Montreal. Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini were the goal-scorers, both on assists from Alex DeBrincat.

      Crawford, who missed 28 games in the middle of the season due to concussion issues, posted his second shutout of 2018-19. He owns a 1.48 goals-against average during a five-game winning streak.

      The Canadiens are 6-10-1 following an impressive 8-1-1 stretch.

      Blues 5, Penguins 1

      Vince Dunn scored twice, and Pat Maroon had a goal and an assist as St. Louis ended a three-game losing streak by winning at Pittsburgh.

      Oskar Sundqvist and Jay Bouwmeester also scored, and Colton Parayko and Robert Thomas each had two assists for St. Louis, which built a 4-0 lead through the game's first 23 minutes. Jordan Binnington made 40 saves and is 17-4-1 in his first 22 NHL starts.

      Dominik Simon scored for the Penguins, who had won three straight and six of seven. Matt Murray stopped nine of 13 shots before being relieved by Casey DeSmith, who allowed one goal on 13 shots.

      Red Wings 2, Islanders 1

      Andreas Athanasiou scored a pair of goals as host Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over New York.

      Danny DeKeyser assisted on both goals, while Jonathan Bernier turned aside 41 shots. Detroit avenged a pair of one-goal losses to the Islanders earlier in the season.

      Anders Lee scored the only goal for the Islanders, who had won their previous two games. Thomas Greiss made 20 saves for New York.

      Panthers 4, Kings 3

      Jonathan Huberdeau scored the go-ahead goal with 1:56 left in regulation to lead Florida over host Los Angeles.

      Huberdeau also had a game-tying assist. Evgenii Dadonov scored twice and had an assist, Mike Hoffman added a goal, and Aleksander Barkov posted three helpers for the Panthers.

      Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, and Brendan Leipsic also tallied for the Kings, who are 2-11-4 in their past 17 games.

      Jets 2, Flames 1

      Mathieu Perreault's second-period power-play goal held up as the winner as host Winnipeg held on for a win over Calgary in a clash of Western Conference division leaders.

      Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves, including 14 in the third period, to record the victory for Winnipeg, which has won two straight games. Hellebuyck had some good fortune, too, as the Flames' Johnny Gaudreau twice rang shots off the post and Mark Jankowski drilled the crossbar -- all in the opening frame.

      Mark Scheifele gave the Jets a 1-0 lead in the first period, and Jankowski tied the game with a short-handed goal in the second period. Mike Smith stopped 19 shots for the Flames.

      Senators 6, Maple Leafs 2

      Magnus Paajarvi scored two consecutive goals during the second period as Ottawa beat visiting Toronto.

      Cody Ceci added a goal and an assist, and Brian Gibbons, Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg also scored for the Senators, who won their second straight. Zack Smith added three assists for the Senators.

      Morgan Rielly and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who have allowed 23 goals while losing three of their past four games.

      Hurricanes 4, Sabres 2

      Rookie Andrei Svechnikov scored his third goal in three games as Carolina recorded its ninth straight win over Buffalo, prevailing in Raleigh, N.C.

      Jordan Staal scored to notch his 500th career point, and Justin Williams and Lucas Wallmark also tallied for the Hurricanes, who improved to 8-2-1 in their past 11 contests. Curtis McElhinney finished with 35 saves.

      Former Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner matched his career high with his 37th goal, and Zemgus Girgensons also tallied for the Sabres, who have dropped seven in a row (0-6-1).

      Wild 5, Rangers 2

      Ryan Donato recorded his second career two-goal game as Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over New York in Saint Paul, Minn.

      Eric Staal also scored for the Wild, who won for just the second time in their past 11 home games (2-6-3) since Jan. 19. Jared Spurgeon added a power-play goal, and J.T. Brown scored an empty-net tally for Minnesota.

      Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers, who went 0-3-1 on their four-game road trip. They lost their seventh straight road game and dropped to 2-6-5 in their past 13 games.

      Predators 4, Sharks 2

      Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and Filip Forsberg added a goal and an assist as Nashville won at San Jose.

      Colton Sissons also scored for the Predators, and goaltender Juuse Saros made 24 saves. Nashville won its second straight and remained a point behind Winnipeg, which beat Calgary 2-1 Saturday, in the chase for first place in the Central Division.

      Timo Meier and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, and Martin Jones stopped 26 of 29 shots. The Sharks lost their second straight following a six-game winning streak.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Tkachuk posts five-point game as Flames rout Rangers
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 16, 2019

    Matthew Tkachuk collected two goals and a career-high five points -- his second game of the week with at least four points -- and the host Calgary Flames climbed back atop the Western Conference with a 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night.

    • Goalie David Rittich stopped 24 shots for the Flames, who have racked up 20 goals during a three-game winning streak.

      Tkachuk has been as hot as anybody through the winning spree, having netted six goals and 10 points in that span, and coming through at key times. Case in point was his game-winning goal three minutes into the second period.

      With the score tied 1-1, Tkachuk deflected Mark Giordano's waist-high point shot en route to his sixth four-point game of the campaign. Seventy seconds later, Tkachuk had a hand in Garnet Hathaway's tally, feeding the puck to the front of the net for a nifty redirect for his 100th career assist.

      Maple Leafs 7, Flyers 6

      Jake Muzzin scored two goals and added an assist, Auston Matthews added another pair of goals and host Toronto rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat Philadelphia.

      Patrick Marleau, Zach Hyman and Martin Marincin each contributed one goal for the Maple Leafs, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Ron Hainsey, Nazem Kadri, William Nylander and Nikita Zaitsev each had two assists. Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 23 of 29 shots on goal.

      James van Riemsdyk paced the Flyers with a hat trick, while Jakub Voracek, Radko Gudas and Shayne Gostisbehere added one goal apiece.

      Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 0

      Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 46 saves for his sixth shutout of the season as host Columbus defeated Carolina.

      Adam McQuaid, David Savard and Josh Anderson scored for Columbus, with two early goals providing the Blue Jackets with a cushion as the Hurricanes peppered Bobrovsky at times.

      Bobrovsky stopped 22 second-period shots, as the Hurricanes held a 22-2 edge on shots but didn't change the scoreboard.

      Devils 3, Canucks 2

      Damon Severson's shootout goal gave visiting New Jersey a comeback victory over Vancouver.

      Severson, New Jersey's seventh shooter in the shootout, was falling down as he beat Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom with a wrist shot from the doorstep. He decided the contest after Vancouver's Elias Pettersson and Drew Stafford had exchanged shootout goals.

      The Devils posted their second straight win following seven consecutive losses. The Canucks took their 14th loss in 19 games.

      Golden Knights 2, Stars 1

      Ryan Reaves scored the game-winner early in the third period, and Marc-Andre Fleury had 40 saves for his league-leading 35th victory as visiting Las Vegas defeated Dallas.

      Max Pacioretty also scored for Vegas, which improved its lead over fourth-place Arizona to six points in the Pacific Division with its seventh win in its last eight games. Fleury extended his personal winning streak to six games, during which he has allowed a total of five goals.

      Roope Hintz scored for Dallas, which lost for just the second time in eight games. The Stars, playing the second half of a back-to-back that started with a 4-1 win at Minnesota on Thursday night, didn't land in Dallas until 2:30 in the morning.

      Ducks 5, Avalanche 3

      Corey Perry scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 57 seconds left, Josh Gibson had 41 saves, and visiting Anaheim beat Colorado.

      Perry finished with two goals, Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists and Daniel Sprong had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who dealt a blow to Colorado's playoff hopes.

      Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Mikko Rantanen and Sven Andrighetto scored for the Avalanche. Colorado (30-29-12) is now five points behind Arizona for the Western Conference's second wild-card spot with 11 games remaining for both teams.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Stamkos, Lightning reach milestones
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 15, 2019

    Nikita Kucherov had two goals and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the host Detroit Red Wings for the 15th consecutive time, 5-4, on Thursday.

    • Tampa Bay won its third straight while Detroit lost for the 12th time in 13 games (1-9-3). The Lightning matched their franchise record of 54 wins set last season.

      Steven Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier's franchise record of 383 goals during the second period, and he also had an assist. Brayden Point supplied a goal and two assists, and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.

      Darren Helm scored his 100th career goal during a short-handed situation for Detroit. Justin Abdelkader tallied his first goal in 41 games. Madison Bowey and Michael Rasmussen also scored, and Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots.

      Stars 4, Wild 1

      Ben Bishop set a franchise-record shutout streak before exiting with an injury, and Dallas scored three goals in the second period in a victory over Minnesota at Saint Paul, Minn.

      Radek Faksa and rookies Roope Hintz and Joel L'Esperance scored in a 2:22 span for the Stars, who have won six of their last seven games overall to pull even in points with St. Louis (79) for third place in the Central Division. Alexander Radulov sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.

      Anton Khudobin turned aside 14 shots in relief of Bishop, who extended his shutout streak to a career-best 230:53 before leaving with a lower-body injury. The 32-year-old Bishop, who finished with seven saves, eclipsed the previous franchise mark of 219:26 set by Ed Belfour in November 2000.

      Penguins 5, Sabres 0

      Casey DeSmith made 26 saves, and Phil Kessel, Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist to pace visiting Pittsburgh past Buffalo for its third straight win.

      It was the fourth career shutout and third of the season for DeSmith, who had not started since Feb. 21. Brian Dumoulin and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins, and Sidney Crosby had two assists to give him 31 points in the past 17 games.

      Carter Hutton made 23 saves for Buffalo, which was shut out for the third straight game and has lost six in row.

      Jets 4, Bruins 3

      A third-period goal from Nikolaj Ehlers ended up being the deciding score as Winnipeg edged visiting Boston.

      Some strong forechecking from the Jets led to a Boston turnover, with Ehlers pouncing on the loose puck for his 18th goal of the season at 13:02 of the third period. Ehlers' score ended up being a critical one as Charlie Coyle tipped in a Zdeno Chara point shot at 17:04 of the final frame to pull Boston within one.

      The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Winnipeg and allowed the first-place Jets to maintain their lead over Nashville atop the Central Division. The Bruins have lost their last three games in regulation, following a stretch that saw them record points over 19 consecutive games (15-0-4).

      Capitals 5, Flyers 2

      Brett Connolly scored two goals and added an assist to lead visiting Washington past Philadelphia.

      Lars Eller, Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each scored a goal while Braden Holtby stopped 22 shots. Kuznetsov also had an assist for the Capitals, who have won eight of nine.

      James van Riemsdyk and Scott Laughton scored for the Flyers. Carter Hart played for the first time in three weeks and gave up all four goals while making 27 saves.

      Senators 2, Blues 0

      Anders Nilsson made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season as lowly host Ottawa beat struggling St. Louis. Chris Tierney and Christian Wolanin had the goals.

      Nilsson made several key saves to help his team earn just its second win in the last 13 games. Ottawa, which has an NHL-low 54 points and has already been eliminated from the playoff race, snapped a five-game home losing streak and a four-game slide to St. Louis.

      The result could prove costly for the playoff-hopeful Blues, who have totaled three goals during an 0-2-1 stretch that's come without injured goal leader Vladimir Tarasenko. St. Louis had its chances in the third, particularly from Ryan O'Reilly and Robert Thomas, but was stopped on point-blank saves by Nilsson.

      Islanders 2, Canadiens 1

      Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:57 left in the third period as New York edged visiting Montreal.

      Adam Pelech scored in the second period for the Islanders, who won for the fourth time in five games to remain two points behind the first-place Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. Thomas Greiss made 33 saves.

      Jordie Benn scored in the second period for the Canadiens, who lost for the fourth time in six games and missed a chance to move ahead of the idle Columbus Blue Jackets in the race for the second and final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Carey Price made 36 saves.

      Coyotes 6, Ducks 1

      Vinnie Hinostroza scored his first career hat trick, and Arizona inched closer to its first Stanley Cup playoff appearance in seven years with a rout of visiting Anaheim.

      The Coyotes moved three points ahead of Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference. Jason Demers had a goal and an assist, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson tied the franchise record with the 15th short-handed goal of the season for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves for Arizona, which is 13-4-0 since Feb. 9.

      Jakob Silfverberg extended his career-long point streak to seven games with a goal, and Ryan Miller made 18 saves for the Ducks.

      Predators 3, Kings 1

      Craig Smith and Colton Sissons scored second-period goals as visiting Nashville took the lead for good and defeated Los Angeles to keep pace in the Central Division.

      Viktor Arvidsson also scored a goal as the Predators remained in second place, a point behind Winnipeg. Pekka Rinne had 25 saves as the Predators won in regulation for the first time in their past nine games.

      Austin Wagner scored a goal for the Kings after missing the previous four games with a lower-body injury. Los Angeles lost for the fourth time in its past five games and for the 14th time in its past 16 games.

      Panthers 4, Sharks 2

      Mike Hoffman scored the go-ahead goal, and rookie goaltender Sam Montembeault won his third straight start to lead visiting Florida past San Jose.

      Hoffman, who added an assist, set a career high for points (63). With his 32nd goal, he tied Ray Whitney (1997-98) for the most by a player in his first season with Florida.

      Jamie McGinn, Dryden Hunt and Frank Vatrano also scored for the Panthers, who won their third straight overall. Montembeault, 22, made 26 saves in his first road start, and he improved to 3-0-1. Melker Karlsson and Kevin Labanc tallied for the Sharks, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sharks D Simek needs surgery on right knee
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 14, 2019

    San Jose Sharks rookie defenseman Radim Simek will have to undergo surgery on his right knee, general manager Doug Wilson confirmed on Thursday.

    • Simek suffered a torn ACL and MCL during the first period of a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. His knee was bent after the Jets' Andrew Copp fell on his right leg.

      "It's not easy to see," Sharks teammate Tomas Hertl told the media Thursday morning. "We saw the play and it was pretty ugly. He'll come back even stronger, but it's for sure bad luck. It's a tough blow for us because he was playing really good hockey with (Brent Burns)."

      No timetable for Simek's return to play has been determined, and the date of his surgery has not been scheduled.

      Regarding Simek's status for the rest of the season, Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said in the Mercury News, "I don't know if I've heard that yet. He's done for quite a while. I think it depends on how long we play. But he's out for a long time."

      Paired primarily with Brett Burns this season, Simek, 26, has collected one goal and eight assists in 41 games for the Sharks, who lead the Western Conference and Pacific Division with 94 points -- one point ahead of the Calgary Flames -- going into Thursday's action.

      The Sharks are also missing defenseman Erik Karlsson, who hopes to be back in time for the playoffs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sharks F Kane reveals loss of unborn baby
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 14, 2019

    San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has missed six games for undisclosed reasons, and he shared on Twitter on Thursday that his wife recently suffered a miscarriage at 26 weeks.

    • The baby was a girl whom they planned to name Eva.

      "My family and I are heartbroken," Kane said. "Words cannot express how excited we were to welcome our baby girl into the world and watch her grow. Eva, you have been the absolute biggest blessing of our lives and we are so grateful for all the joy you brought us in such a short amount of time."

      Kane last played Feb. 26. He missed four home games and didn't travel with the team to Minnesota and Winnipeg earlier this week. He was not expected to play Thursday night at home against Florida.

      The Sharks are in first place in the NHL's Western Conference. In his lengthy post, Kane also thanked the club for allowing him to have time away from the team.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Blackhawks build big lead, hold off Leafs
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists, Brandon Saad added a goal and an assist, and the visiting Chicago Blackhawks held on to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 Wednesday night.

    • The Maple Leafs trailed 5-0 before scoring four consecutive goals, including three in the third period, when they took 30 shots.

      Duncan Keith, Dominik Kahun and Alex DeBrincat also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won four in a row. Dylan Strome contributed two assists. Corey Crawford saved 17 of the 18 shots he faced in the Chicago goal but left because of illness after the second period.

      Andreas Johnsson, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two in a row. John Tavares also scored for Toronto, and William Nylander and Mitch Marner each added two assists.

      Devils 6, Oilers 3

      Kenny Agostino, Damon Severson and Kevin Rooney each collected a goal and an assist, and six New Jersey players scored in snapping a seven-game losing streak to hand Edmonton a crushing loss.

      Devils goalie Cory Schneider stopped 36 shots in the win. Going into the game, the injury-riddled Devils had 18 skaters who had combined for 99 goals this season.

      Connor McDavid collected a pair of assists to give him three consecutive 100-point seasons, but the Oilers lost for the second time in three games. They sit six points out of a playoff spot with 12 games remaining.

      Canucks 4, Rangers 1

      Tyler Motte scored two goals 11 seconds apart in the second period and host Vancouver beat New York as the Canucks posted only their fifth NHL win in the past 18 games (5-10-3), while the Rangers took their eighth loss in nine outings.

      Brock Boeser and Jake Virtanen, with an empty-netter in the final minute, also tallied for the Canucks. Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers.

      Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 of 22 shots. New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist recorded 24 saves on 27 shots in the loss. Lundqvist was denied a chance to become only the sixth goalie to record 450 all-time NHL wins.

      --Field Level Media

  • Leafs F Kapanen out Wednesday with concussion
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen will miss Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks due to a concussion, the team announced.

    • Kapanen, 22, sat out Toronto's 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday for precautionary reasons.

      Kapanen is having a breakout season and ranks fifth on the team with 42 points (19 goals, 23 assists) in 68 games.

      A first-round pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014 (22nd overall), Kapanen had seven goals and two assists in 38 games in 2017-18.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Price makes Habs history
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    Carey Price set the Montreal franchise record for most wins by a goalie, Max Domi scored two goals, and the host Canadiens defeated the reeling Detroit Red Wings for the ninth consecutive time, 3-1 on Tuesday.

    • With his 315th regular-season victory, Price supplanted Jacques Plante for the team mark. He made 20 saves as the Canadiens completed a sweep of the four-game season series by a 21-7 aggregate score.

      Brett Kulak collected the other goal for Montreal while Tomas Tatar recorded two assists.

      Andreas Athanasiou scored the only goal for the Red Wings, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games (1-8-3). Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves.

      Flames 9, Devils 4

      Johnny Gaudreau collected a career-best six points -- including a hat trick -- and host Calgary exploded for six goals in the third period en route to a comeback victory over New Jersey.

      Derek Ryan had two goals and an assist, and Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm both collected a goal and three assists for the Flames. Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary.

      Blake Coleman produced a goal and an assist for the Devils, who also got goals from Kyle Palmieri, Kenny Agostino and Travis Zajac.

      Stars 2, Sabres 0

      Ben Bishop recorded his third consecutive shutout, Roope Hintz notched his first multiple-goal game, and visiting Dallas beat Buffalo.

      Bishop made 35 saves to notch his sixth shutout of the season and the 30th of his career, running his career record to 12-0-1 against the Sabres. He has a shutout streak of 204:20, the second-longest stretch in club history. Ed Belfour went 219:26 without allowing a goal in the 2000-01 season.

      The three straight shutouts ties Bishop with Belfour and Cesare Maniago for the franchise record. Maniago did it in December 1967 with the then-Minnesota North Stars, and Belfour's hot stretch was in November 2000.

      Penguins 5, Capitals 3

      Evgeni Malkin had two assists to become the 88th NHL player to reach 1,000 career points, and Pittsburgh halted visiting Washington's seven-game winning streak.

      Sidney Crosby scored twice, and Jake Guentzel, Phil Kessel and Jared McCann tallied once apiece for Pittsburgh, which has won five of six. Matt Murray stopped 38 shots.

      Jakub Vrana scored twice and John Carlson once for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby made 25 saves. Washington's Alex Ovechkin had an assist to reach 1,200 career points.

      Sharks 5, Jets 4

      Joe Pavelski scored the go-ahead goal with five seconds remaining in the third period as San Jose won at Winnipeg for its sixth straight victory.

      Gustav Nyquist scored twice to record his 13th career multi-goal performance, and Marcus Sorensen added a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who improved to 15-3-1 in their past 19 games.

      Joe Thornton had two assists to move past Hall of Famer Stan Mikita (1,467 assists) for sole possession of 14th place in NHL history. The 39-year-old Thornton skated in his 1,554 regular-season game to tie Jarome Iginla for 13th place on the league's all-time list.

      Coyotes 3, Blues 1

      Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves as Arizona moved into the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference with a victory at St. Louis.

      Richard Panik, Vinnie Hinostroza and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored goals for the Coyotes, who won for the ninth time in their past 11 games. Kuemper, pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 12 shots in a 7-1 loss at Chicago on Monday, bounced back to improve to 18-5-3 since Jan. 1.

      Jaden Schwartz scored a power-play goal and Jordan Binnington had 19 saves for the Blues.

      Blue Jackets 7, Bruins 4

      Boone Jenner recorded his 100th career goal and first hat trick as Columbus earned a wild victory over visiting Boston.

      Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson each had one goal and three assists for the Blue Jackets, who were shut out twice in the past three contests and posted seven non-shootout goals while losing four of their previous six.

      The Bruins have lost two straight in regulation following their 15-0-4 stretch. Boston's Brad Marchand reached the 30-goal mark for a fourth straight season and equaled his career high of 85 points with two goals and an assist.

      Ducks 3, Predators 2

      Ryan Getzlaf scored less than four minutes into the game, and Anaheim denied visiting Nashville a chance to move into first place in the Central Division.

      The Predators made things interesting with a pair of Filip Forsberg goals 58 seconds apart in the third period, but the Ducks were able to make their early 3-0 lead stand.

      Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Sprong also scored for the Ducks, who won for the fourth time in their past six games. Anaheim goaltender John Gibson made 32 saves.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL: Leafs’ Rielly did not use anti-gay slur
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, March 12, 2019

    Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly did not direct a homophobic slur at an official during Monday's 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL determined Tuesday.

    • Television cameras picked up what sounded like a slur with 1:51 left to play in the second period that was directed at referee Brad Meier, but the player was cleared after the NHL conducted an investigation.

      "League officials interviewed several of the participants in the game -- including Rielly and Meier -- and reviewed audio of the alleged incident," said Colin Campbell, the NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations, in a statement. "All of those interviewed adamantly denied that Rielly uttered a slur and the audio supported their statements.

      "The National Hockey League does not tolerate language or gestures that disparage anyone based upon their race, creed or sexual orientation and continues to work to ensure that our games are played in a welcoming atmosphere for all of our players, coaches, officials and fans."

      The league did not say if a slur was heard, just that nothing like that was said by Rielly.

      Rielly and Lightning forward Yanni Gourde skated into the Toronto zone during a Tampa Bay penalty kill in the second period, and Meier skated back with them as Rielly appeared to be appealing for a penalty call.

      Rielly and Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas appeared at a press conference with reporters at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday afternoon shortly after the NHL released its findings.

      "I didn't hear it," Rielly said of the slur. "I know I didn't use that word and I didn't hear it during play. I did listen to the video. ... When it's a topic that's very serious, you tend to think what may have been said. But I know I didn't say it and I didn't hear it during play.

      "I'm not sure if it came from the ice or not. Either way, that word has no place in this building. This is a team that wants to be involved in the community and with the (LGBTQ) movement. And like I said, I didn't say it."

      Dubas added that he was ready to leave the rink Monday night when he was notified of the alleged comments.

      "When it came out that it was Morgan who was alleged to have used a homophobic slur it was surprising to me, to say the least," the GM said. "I've known Morgan now for five years and this is a cause that he's supported socially throughout his time here. And a few weeks ago, independent of all of this, he had gone to our community department and to (Leafs media relations director) Steve Keogh and asked to be formally involved in the Pride parade in Toronto this upcoming June.

      "So knowing that from a few weeks ago, and then combining that with the incident of last night, I was very surprised that Morgan was alleged to have said such a thing on the ice."

      Rielly, 25, Toronto's first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2012 draft, has 65 points (18 goals, 47 assists) in 69 games this season, second among NHL defensemen.

      --Field Level Media