NHL roundup: Predators rally past Sharks to extend point streak

By Thomson Reuters Mar 20, 2024 | 2:11 AM

Michael McCarron scored two goals and the Nashville Predators scored seven unanswered to beat the visiting San Jose Sharks 8-2 on Tuesday night.

With the victory, Nashville extended its point streak to 15 games (13-0-2), matching a franchise record. The Predators also had a 15-game run (14-0-1) during the 2017-18 campaign.

Roman Josi had a goal and two assists for his third consecutive multipoint game for the Predators (40-25-4, 84 points). Filip Forsberg also had a goal and two assists, and Ryan McDonagh and Kiefer Sherwood each had three assists. Juuse Saros made 18 saves.

Mario Ferraro had a goal and an assist for the Sharks (16-45-7, 39 points), who have lost five straight. Magnus Chrona made 32 saves.

Wild 4, Ducks 0

Minnesota scored three unanswered second-period goals and Filip Gustavsson made 27 saves in a win at Anaheim.

Ryan Hartman had a goal and an assist while Jon Merrill, Kirill Kaprizov and Jacob Lucchini also scored for Minnesota. Gustavsson earned his third shutout of the season as the Wild improved to 6-0-2 over the past eight games and 15-1-0 in their past 16 matchups against Anaheim.

John Gibson made 28 saves for Anaheim, which has lost seven straight games — the longest active skid in the NHL — and has been outscored 35-7 in that stretch.

Avalanche 4, Blues 3

Mikko Rantanen scored a hat trick as visiting Colorado beat St. Louis and extended its winning streak to seven games.

Casey Mittelstadt also scored for the Avalanche, and Jonathan Drouin and Valeri Nichushkin earned two assists apiece. Justus Annunen made 30 saves.

Nathan Walker had a goal and an assist for the Blues, whose four-game winning streak ended. Alexey Toropchenko and Brayden Schenn also scored for St. Louis, Justin Faulk had two assists and Jordan Binnington made 31 saves.

Lightning 5, Golden Knights 3

Nikita Kucherov moved into the NHL scoring lead with a goal and three assists and Brayden Point scored two goals in the third period to lead Tampa Bay to its fourth straight win, beating Vegas in Las Vegas.

It marked the seventh time this season that Kucherov, who moved past Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (117) and into first place with 118 points, scored at least four points in a game. Anthony Cirelli and Anthony Duclair also scored for the Lightning, who won for the fifth time in their last six games. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves to win his fourth straight start.

Jonathan Marchessault, Brett Howden and Ben Hutton scored goals and Keegan Kolesar had two assists for Vegas. Adin Hill finished with 16 saves for the Golden Knights, who saw their lead for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference shrink to three points over Minnesota, which won 4-0 at Anaheim.

Oilers 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)

Leon Draisaitl scored the winning goal on an overtime power play as host Edmonton recovered from a blown lead to earn a victory over Montreal.

Connor McDavid collected a goal and an assist, Adam Henrique added a goal and Mattias Ekholm collected two assists for the Oilers. Edmonton goaltender Calvin Pickard made 23 saves.

Nick Suzuki and Kaiden Guhle replied for the Canadiens, who erased a two-goal, third-period deficit to earn the extra point. Goalie Sam Montembeault stopped 29 shots for Montreal, which has only one win in six games (1-2-3).

Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 3

Morgan Frost and Owen Tippett each had one goal and one assist to lift host Philadelphia over Toronto.

Travis Sanheim and Scott Laughton added goals for the Flyers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Goaltender Samuel Ersson made 27 saves. Flyers captain Sean Couturier was a healthy scratch.

John Tavares had one goal and two assists for Toronto. Tyler Bertuzzi had one goal and one assist and William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs. Auston Matthews recorded two assists. Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 shots.

Devils 5, Penguins 2

Timo Meier scored twice to boost his goal total to 10 in his past 10 games and lift New Jersey over Pittsburgh in Newark, N.J.

Dawson Mercer also tallied twice, Alexander Holtz scored a goal and Jake Allen made 36 saves as the Devils recorded their seventh straight victory over Pittsburgh.

Marcus Pettersson and Bryan Rust each scored a goal for the Penguins, who have lost nine of their last 12 games (3-8-1) and six in a row on the road (0-5-1).

Jets 4, Rangers 2

Mark Scheifele recorded a hat trick as Winnipeg beat host New York for its third straight victory.

Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 38 stops. Kyle Connor also scored for Winnipeg, while Sean Monahan had two assists.

Alexis Lafreniere had a goal and an assist for the Rangers. Alex Wennberg also scored, and Igor Shesterkin made 23 saves. New York forward Matt Rempe was a healthy scratch after finishing a four-game suspension.

Bruins 6, Senators 2

David Pastrnak’s 17th career hat trick led Boston to a win over visiting Ottawa.

Pastrnak scored twice in the first period before capping his second three-goal performance of the season with a third-period goal — his 44th tally of the season — that allowed Boston to create separation. Boston rookie Justin Brazeau registered his first career two-goal game, and Jesper Boqvist also lit the lamp. Kevin Shattenkirk dished out three assists for the Bruins, and Morgan Geekie added two.

Shane Pinto and Brady Tkachuk each lit the lamp and Joonas Korpisalo made 20 stops in Ottawa’s second straight loss following a three-game winning streak.

Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)

Patrick Kane scored the winning goal with 4:12 remaining in overtime to lead Detroit past visiting Columbus.

Lucas Raymond scored two goals and Moritz Seider added a goal and an assist for Detroit. Kane contributed two assists, and James Reimer finished with 32 saves for the victory.

Zach Werenski had a goal for the Blue Jackets and assisted on the other two, scored by Alexandre Texier and Kirill Marchenko. Daniil Tarasov stopped 23 shots.

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 1

Seth Jarvis scored twice in a span of just over two minutes in the first period for Carolina, which damaged New York’s playoff hopes with a win in Elmont, N.Y.

Martin Necas scored in the waning seconds of the first and Jake Guentzel added an empty-netter in the third for the Hurricanes, who won their fourth straight to move within two points of the first-place New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.

Kyle Palmieri scored in the third for the Islanders, who lost their fifth straight (0-4-1) and slipped further behind in the race for the final playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division and the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Kings 6, Blackhawks 2

Anze Kopitar scored two goals and added an assist, all in the second period, as Los Angeles thrashed visiting Chicago.

Vladislav Gavrikov had a goal and an assist, Alex Laferriere, Phillip Danault and Trevor Lewis each added a goal, Adrian Kempe had three assists and Cam Talbot made 22 saves for Los Angeles. Pierre-Luc Dubois and Kevin Fiala notched two assists apiece.

Nick Foligno and Kevin Korchinski each scored a goal and Petr Mrazek made 18 saves as the Blackhawks lost to the Kings for the second time in three games.

Canucks 3, Sabres 2

Elias Pettersson had two goals and an assist for Vancouver in a win against visiting Buffalo.

Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller each had two assists and Casey DeSmith made 15 saves for the Canucks, who won for the first time in three games.

Rasmus Dahlin scored twice and Alex Tuch had two assists for the Sabres, who had won four of their previous five games. Devon Levi, recalled from the American Hockey League on Saturday, made 31 saves.

Source: Field Level Media