Lightning top Senators on shootout goals from Point, Stamkos
By The Associated Press
Dec. 22, 2017
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos scored in the shootout, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
The Lightning threatened to win on a power play at the end of overtime, but Nikita Kucherov's shot past Craig Anderson was launched a split-second after the buzzer.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped shots by Ottawa's Tom Pyatt and Matt Duchene in the shootout.
Ottawa broke out on top in unusual fashion. Bobby Ryan was credited with an unassisted goal 6:31 into the game after Dan Girardi's attempt to clear a rebound glanced off the shin of fellow Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn and past Vasilevskiy.
Twelve minutes into the second period, Tampa Bay pulled even on a delayed penalty with a deflected goal of its own. Kucherov blasted a shot from the top of the right circle that glanced off teammates Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn in the slot and through the legs of Anderson.
STARS 4, BLACKHAWKS 0
DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin scored two goals in the second period, Ben Bishop earned his 22nd career shutout and Dallas beat Chicago.
Bishop made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season.
Dallas had lost its previous three games and Chicago arrived with a five-game winning streak, but the Stars improved to 3-0 against the Blackhawks this season.
The win was the 800th of coach Ken Hitchcock's career.
Jamie Benn scored the only goal of the first period. Antoine Roussel scored barely a minute into the second before Seguin's two goals made it 4-0.
OILERS 3, BLUES 2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Drake Caggiula scored with less than a minute remaining, and Edmonton won its third straight game for the first time this season, beating St. Louis.
Caggiula took a pass in front from behind the net by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and beat Jake Allen with 49.8 seconds left.
Michael Cammalleri and Connor McDavid also scored for the Oilers (16-17-2), who have won four of their last five.
Tage Thompson and Patrik Berglund responded for the Blues (22-13-2), who have lost three in a row and five of their last six.
DEVILS 4, RANGERS 3, SO
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brian Boyle scored the tying goal in the third period and the game-winner in a shootout against his former team, and New Jersey overcame a season-high 45 saves by Henrik Lundqvist to beat New York.
John Moore and Blake Coleman also scored in regulation, and Kyle Palmieri converted in a four-round shootout for the Devils on the way to their third straight victory.
Cory Schneider made 25 saves and stopped three of four attempts in the tiebreaker, denying Jimmy Vesey when the Rangers had a chance to win. Schneider also turned aside defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to end it after Boyle put New Jersey ahead.
Vesey, Nick Holden and Kevin Hayes scored for the Rangers, who had won three in a row. Mika Zibanejad had a goal in the shootout.
PENGUINS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2, SO
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Letang scored the deciding goal in the shootout, and Pittsburgh beat Columbus.
Letang scored in the fourth round of the shootout, beating Sergei Bobrovsky to the glove side after a series of dekes. Evgeni Malkin also scored for Pittsburgh in the shootout.
Cam Atkinson scored in the shootout for Columbus, but Matt Murray stopped Artemi Panarin, Jack Johnson and Oliver Bjorkstrand. Murray made 29 saves, while Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots.
Patric Hornqvist and Malkin both scored their 12th goals of the season on the power play for the Penguins, who have two wins in their last three games following a three-game losing streak. Pittsburgh scored twice on the power play after a 0-for-15 slump.
Panarin and Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and an assist apiece for Columbus.
BRUINS 2, JETS 1, SO
BOSTON (AP) — Charlie McAvoy celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring the decisive goal in the shootout, Tuukka Rask made 37 saves and Boston beat Winnipeg.
After Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers' first attempt of the sudden-death portion of the shootout clanged off the post, McAvoy took the puck and meandered up the ice before firing his shot past Connor Hellebuyck.
Torey Krug scored his sixth goal of the season for Boston (18-10-5), which won its third straight game and sixth of its last seven.
Rask recorded a point for his eighth straight game (7-0-1) as the Bruins beat the Jets for the fourth straight meeting.
Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 18th goal for the Jets. Hellebuyck had 32 saves.
HURRICANES 4, PREDATORS 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Noah Hanifin had a goal and two assists to lead an early outburst that carried Carolina past Nashville.
Derek Ryan, Elias Lindholm and Victor Rask also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won four of five. Cam Ward made 28 saves.
Kevin Fiala had the goal for Nashville, which has lost two straight.
Carolina scored four times in the first 6½ minutes to chase Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.
DUCKS 5, ISLANDERS 4, OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Hampus Lindholm scored his third goal of the game in overtime to give Anaheim the victory over New York.
Lindholm's sixth of the season came at 4:03 of the extra period, snapping a three-game losing streak for Anaheim.
The Ducks tied the game with goalie Ryan Miller pulled for an extra skater when Rickard Rakell scored at 18:45 of the third period. Brandon Montour and Ryan Getzlaf assisted. Getzlaf had four assists overall and has points in five games since returning from a facial fracture.
Andrew Ladd put the Islanders ahead 4-3 at 7:52 of the third as New York rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
New York lost for the fourth time in five games.
KINGS 2, AVALANCHE 1, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing in his 1,000th career game, Dustin Brown scored in overtime to lift Los Angeles over Colorado.
Brown came streaking down the left side and fired a shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov 44 seconds into the extra period. It was Brown's 13th goal of the season.
Alec Martinez also scored for the Kings, tying it 1-all in the third period. Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots.
Gabriel Landeskog scored for the Avalanche, and Varlamov made 25 saves.
SHARKS 5, CANUCKS 4, OT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Labanc scored 1:53 into overtime and San Jose beat Vancouver.
Labanc also had three assists as the Sharks improved to 4-1-2 over their last seven games. Joe Thornton scored twice for San Jose and added an assist as he moved past Doug Gilmour for 18th place on the NHL list with 1,416 career points.
Labanc's fourth goal of the season came off an assist from Tomas Hertl, who scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:04 left in the second period to give the Sharks a 4-3 lead..
The Canucks lost for the sixth time in seven games, with their lone win during that span coming against San Jose on Dec. 15.
Vancouver trailed 4-3 before Daniel Sedin scored at 2:09 of the third period to tie it. The Canucks rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
Jake Virtanen scored to bring Vancouver within a goal at 8:49 of the second, and Brock Boeser tied the game at 16:02.
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