SATURDAY’S OTHER NHL GAMES
Ducks 5, Canadiens 2
Defenseman Jeff Petry scored two goals as the Montreal Canadiens ended a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Logan Shaw, Joe Morrow and David Schlemko also scored for the Canadiens. Corey Perry and Rikard Rakell scored for Anaheim, which was coming off an overtime loss in Ottawa on Thursday night. The Ducks outshot Montreal 45-29.
Senators 4, Flyers 3, SO
Mike Hoffman scored the only goal among 12 players in the shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators to a victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Senators looked like they had the game won in regulation, but Nolan Patrick tied the contest with 2.6 seconds left in the third period to force overtime. Neither team scored in the 3-on-3 5-minute period and neither looked like it was going to score in the shootout, either. After six Flyers shooters and five Senators missed, Hoffman finally connected with a pretty move that beat Michal Neuvirth and sent Ottawa to consecutive victories.
Blues 1, Sabres 0
Carter Hutton stopped 27 shots, and Carl Gunnarsson banked in a shot off the crossbar with 5:41 left in the St. Louis Blues’ win over the Buffalo Sabres. Hutton earned his third shutout of the season and 11th of his career while improving to 9-1-1 in his past 11 games, in which he’s allowed just 17 goals. His best save came with 32 seconds left when he spread-eagled through the crease by kicking out his right skate to stop Sam Reinhart, who was set up alone at the right post.
Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1
Tuukka Rask made 23 stops and posted a point for a career-best 20th straight game, leading the surging Boston Bruins past the Toronto Maple Leafs. David Pastrnak and Torey Krug each scored on a power play in the second period and Patrice Bergeron added his team-leading 22nd goal for Boston. Tim Schaller had an empty-netter as the Bruins collected at least a point for the 20th time in 21 games, moving four points ahead of Toronto for second in the Atlantic Division. Rask hasn’t lost in regulation since Nov. 26. He improved to 18-0-2 in his last 20 starts, and had an assist on Schaller’s score.
Islanders 4, Blue Jackets 3
Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored early in the third period and Jaroslav Halak made 46 saves as the New York Islanders rallied for a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus led 3-2 heading into the third after Nick Foligno scored on a breakaway late in the second. The Blue Jackets outshot the Islanders 26-12 in the first period and 40-28 through 40 minutes, dominating the game for significant stretches. However, Eberle tied it 3-3 with his 18th goal at 2:49 of the third when he corralled a loose puck at the top of the slot and whipped it past backup Columbus goalile Joonas Korpisalo.
Jets 3, Avalanche 0
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots for his fifth shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche. Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 24th goal, rookie Jack Roslovic was credited with his second and Nikolaj Ehlers added an empty-netter for the Jets, who improved to 5-0-2 in their last seven. Blake Wheeler had two assists. Semyon Varlamov had 29 saves for Colorado in his return after missing 10 games with an injury and then backing up Jonathan Bernier in the overtime win at Edmonton on Thursday night.
Panthers 3, Red Wings 2
Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 7.7 seconds left in the third period to lift the Florida Panthers to a victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad also scored for the Panthers. Harri Sateri made 26 saves for his third straight NHL win. Keith Yandle had two assists. Danny DeKeyser scored both goals for Detroit and Petr Mrazek stopped 30 shots in his third straight start.