NHL ROUNDUP | Saturday’s games
Blues 2, Blue Jackets 1
Jake Allen made 33 saves, Alexander Steen scored on St. Louis’ first shot of the game, and the Blues stopped the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 10-game winning streak with a victory. Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for St. Louis, which has won five in row. Sergei Bobrovsky, who gave up two goals on 28 shots. Cam Atkinson had the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, and appeared to have scored another earlier in the game but had it waved off.
Sharks 5, Flames 1
SAN JOSE, CALIF.
Evander Kane scored twice to give him six goals in his past two games against Calgary and the San Jose Sharks won their seventh straight game, beating the Flames. Brenden Dillon, Jannik Hansen and Justin Braun also scored for the Sharks. Martin Jones made 37 saves. Michael Stone scored the lone for the Flames. Calgary trails Anaheim by nine points for the final playoff spot with just six games remaining. David Rittich made 28 saves.
Avalanche 2, Golden Knights 1, SO
Gabriel Landeskog beat Marc Andre-Fleury with a nifty move in the shootout and the Colorado Avalanche kept expansion Vegas from clinching a playoff spot by beating the Golden Knights. Semyon Varlamov stopped all three shots in the shootout. He finished with 39 saves, including seven in overtime. Carl Soderberg scored a first-period goal. Fleury made 29 saves.
Blackhawks 3, Islanders 1
Anton Forsberg stopped 28 shots to help the Chicago Blackhawks snap a five-game losing streak with a win over the New York Islanders. Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored in the second period, and Brent Seabrook added an empty-netter for the Blackhawks. John Tavares scored late in the third period and Jaroslav Halak finished with 22 saves as the Islanders lost for the fifth time in six games and 13 in their last 15 (2-9-4).
Devils 2, Lightning 1
Keith Kinkaid made 35 saves and the New Jersey Devils took another major step toward making the playoffs for the first time since 2012 with a victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri scored for New Jersey. The Devils had to work for this one. They took a 2-0 lead into the third period and saw the margin halved when Ondrej Palat scored on a power play early. Andrei Vasilevskiy had 30 saves as the Lightning lost for only the third time in 16 games (12-3-1).
Rangers 5, Sabres 1
Jimmy Vesey had two goals and an assist, Alexandar Georgiev stoped 43 shots, and the New York Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres. Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Neal Pionk each added a goal and an assist for the Rangers. Sam Reinhart spoiled Geogiev’s shutout bid with 4 1/2 minutes remaining for the Sabres. Robin Lehner gave up four goals on 12 shots before being replaced near the midpoint of the second period. Linus Ullmark stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced.
Panthers 4, Coyotes 2
Denis Malgin snapped a tie with 3:45 left and the Florida Panthers overcame a two-goal deficit by scoring four times in the third period for a victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Vincent Trocheck had two goals and an assist for the Panthers. Jamie McGinn added an empty-netter with 14 seconds to play. Clayton Keller and Richard Panik scored for the Coyotes, and Derek Stepan had two assists. In a matchup of backup goalies, James Reimer made 26 saves for the Panthers. Darcy Kuemper stopped 43 shots for Arizona.
Maple Leafs 4, Red Wings 3
Nazem Kadri scored with 7:26 left in regulation, helping the Toronto Maple Leafs extend their club-record home winning streak to 13 games with a victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Kasperi Kapanen, Connor Brown and William Nylander had the other goals for Toronto, which also tied a franchise mark with its 45th win. Frederik Andersen made 38 saves for the Maple Leafs. Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Frans Nielsen scored for Detroit and Jimmy Howard made 25 saves.
Capitals 6, Canadiens 4
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson each scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom had four assists as the Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens. Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie also scored for Washington (44-24-7), which strengthened its grip on first place in the Metropolitan Division. Charles Hudon scored twice for Montreal (27-37-12). Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal for the Canadiens.
Hurricanes 5, Senators 2
Phillip Di Giusseppe and Jordan Staal each had a goal and assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a victory over the Ottawa Senators. Brock McGinn, Noah Hanifin and Jeff Skinner also scored, and Cam Ward stopped 34 shots to help preserve the Hurricanes’ slim playoff hopes. Bobby Ryan and Thomas Chabot scored for the Senators, and Mike Condon finished with 19 saves.
Wild 4, Predators 1
ST. PAUL, MINN.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 19 shots and Jason Zucker scored his 30th goal and added an assist to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Nashville Predators. Joel Eriksson Ek, Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild. Pekka Rinne had 26 saves and Ryan Johansen scored his 13th goal for Nashville. The Predators, who also saw their franchise-record nine-game road winning streak stopped, hadn’t lost two straight since mid-February.