Vasilevskiy leads Lightning over Kings 4-3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 44 saves, Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 Saturday night.
Tampa Bay also got goals from Alex Killorn, Cedric Paquette and Nikita Kucherov.
Jonny Brodzinski, Kyle Clifford and Christian Folin scored for the Kings, who nearly came back from a three-goal deficit entering the third period. Jonathan Quick stopped 13 of 14 shots after replacing Darcy Kuemper early in the second.
The Lightning retired Vincent Lecavalier’s No. 4 during a pregame ceremony. Lecavalier, who tops the franchise list for game played (1,037) and goals (383), joined Martin St. Louis as the only Tampa Bay players to have their jerseys retired.
SABRES 4, BRUINS 2
BOSTON (AP) — Scott Wilson had a goal and an assist during Buffalo’s big second period, helping the Sabres cool off Tuukka Rask and the Bruins.
Evander Kane and Benoit Pouliot also scored during the second and Rasmus Ristolainen added an empty-netter with 29 seconds remaining. Former Bruins goalie Chad Johnson made 25 saves.
The Sabres had lost four of five and entered with the NHL’s second-fewest points.
Rask stopped 24 shots, but lost in regulation for the first time since Nov. 26. Ryan Spooner and David Backes accounted for Boston’s goals.
Buffalo star Jack Eichel left midway into the opening period, favoring his right knee after falling awkwardly on a check by Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk along the boards behind the Bruins’ net.
MAPLE LEAFS 6, SENATORS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Marner had two goals and three assists, helping Toronto to its seventh win in eight games.
Patrick Marleau added a goal and two assists. Auston Matthews, James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri also scored for the Maple Leafs, and Frederik Andersen made 22 saves.
Marner became the first player to record five points in a game for Toronto since Tomas Kaberle on Oct. 26, 2009.
Craig Anderson was pulled by Ottawa in the first period after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Johnny Oduya, Derick Brassard and Ryan Dzingel scored for the Senators, and Mike Condon made 28 saves.
FLYERS 4, COYOTES 3, SO
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nolan Patrick scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give Philadelphia the win.
Michal Neuvirth came off the bench to stop five shootout attempts after Brian Elliott departed following Arizona’s second attempt when Clayton Keller inadvertently hit him in the throat with his stick.
Jakub Voracek also scored in the tiebreaker for Philadelphia, which won its third straight and has earned a point in four in a row. Claude Giroux, Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds scored in regulation.
Jason Demers, Alex Goligoski and Zac Rinaldo had the goals for Arizona, which has lost five of six. Antti Raanta stopped 40 shots, including key stops in the third period and overtime.
PREDATORS 3, CANADIENS 2, SO
MONTREAL (AP) — Ryan Ellis scored the only goal in the shootout, sending the Predators to the victory.
Scott Hartnell and Kevin Fiala scored in regulation for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne finished with 47 saves — including 10 in overtime.
Brendan Gallagher and Jonathan Drouin scored for the Canadiens, and Carey Price stopped 30 shots.
Fiala gave the Predators a 2-1 lead with his 18th with 7:41 left in the third period. After the Canadiens pulled Price for an extra skater, Drouin tied it with his eighth with 1:14 remaining.
BLUE JACKETS 6, DEVILS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artemi Panarin and Oliver Bjorkstrand each had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots and Columbus snapped a five-game losing streak.
Pierre-Luc Dubois, Josh Anderson, Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets in their first win in regulation in their last 14 games.
Keith Kinkaid, playing in place of an injured Cory Schneider, stopped 44 shots for the Devils, who have lost three straight and seven of 10. Kyle Palmieri scored with 3 1/2 minutes left to spoil Bobrovsky’s shutout bid.
WILD 3, BLACKHAWKS 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Devan Dubnyk made a season-high 44 saves and Charlie Coyle scored twice, leading the Wild to the victory.
Mikko Koivu also scored in the first period for Minnesota, which is 9-0-3 in its last 12 home games. It was Dubnyk’s fourth shutout of the season and No. 28 for his career.
Jeff Glass made 16 saves for last-place Chicago, which has lost five games in a row and nine of its past 11.
Minnesota bounced back nicely from an ugly loss to Arizona on Thursday night, when it blew a three-goal lead and lost 4-3 to the Coyotes in overtime. Dubnyk played a key role as Chicago outshot Minnesota 44-19, including 15-7 in the third period.
HURRICANES 3, AVALANCHE 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Brock McGinn scored twice, powering Carolina to the win.
Jeff Skinner also scored, Elias Lindholm had two assists and Cam Ward stopped 29 shots to help the Hurricanes remain one point ahead of Columbus for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.
Tyson Barrie scored for Colorado and Semyon Varlamov finished with 32 saves.
McGinn tied the score with just over three minutes left in the first period and gave the Hurricanes the lead 35 seconds into the third.