WEDNESDAY’S OTHER NHL GAMES
Coyotes 4, Sabres 1
Clayton Keller had two assists to set the Arizona Coyotes’ franchise record for most points by a rookie in a victory over the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup of the NHL’s two worst teams. Rookie Dylan Strome scored in his first game after being called up from the minors. Derek Stepan had a goal and assist, and Richard Panik and Max Domi, with an empty-netter, also scored. Antti Raanta stopped 29 shots to improve to 12-4-4 in his past 20 starts. Keller extended his points streak to six games, in which he has two goals and five assists. He has 55 points, one more than Peter Mueller had in setting the rookie team record in 2007-08. Jordan Nolan scored for Buffalo, which dropped to 23-38-12 to remain in last place in the overall standings. Buffalo’s Chad Johnson allowed two goals on 15 shots before leaving the game 6:04 into the second period. He continued playing after being shaken up three minutes into the first period, when Brendon Perlini’s slap shot struck Johnson in the mask and then went off his left shoulder. Rookie Linus Ullmark took over and allowed one goal on 13 shots.
Blues 2, Bruins 1, OT
Jaden Schwartz scored his second goal of the game 30 seconds into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a victory over the Boston Bruins. Jake Allen made 21 saves to improve to 24-21-2. Ryan Donato scored for Boston. The Bruins clinched a playoff spot and moved within four points of Tampa Bay for the Eastern lead. Schwartz tied it midway through the third period with a wrist shot from the top of the circle. Donato scored his second goal in his second NHL game.