Lightning beat Flyers, tie club mark with 10th straight win
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pat Maroon scored the game’s only goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning tied a club record with their 10th straight win, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.
The Lightning haven’t lost since Dec. 21 at Washington, and have outscored opponents 43-17 during their streak. Tampa Bay has tallied 12 unanswered goals, two short of matching a team mark.
They will look to set a club record for consecutive victories on Sunday night at New Jersey.
Vasileskiy earned his second straight shutout and the 20th of his career. He has been in goal for eight of the victories during the streak. The Lightning defense was stout in front of their netminder, and Vasileskiy was rarely tested. His best save came five minutes into the third period, when he stopped Travis Sanheim’s one-timer from close range with a right pad save.
The Flyers saw their five-game home winning streak halted. Philadelphia entered an NHL-best 14-2-4 at home.
DEVILS 5, CAPITALS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nico Hischier scored twice, Louis Domingue made 33 saves and last-place New Jersey routed NHL-leading Washington, snapping the Devils’ losing streak at three games.
Blake Coleman scored a short-handed goal, and Nikita Gusev added one moments after a power play ended for the Devils. Miles Wood scored an empty-netter.
Washington lost back-to-back games in regulation for the second time this season and has dropped four of seven. Defensive-zone miscues continue to haunt the Capitals, who largely hung All-Star goalie Braden Holtby out to dry as he allowed four goals on 21 shots.
Jakub Vrana’s scored for the Capitals.
BRUINS 3, ISLANDERS 2, OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal 1:33 into overtime to lift Boston over the Islanders.
Jake DeBrusk and John Moore scored, and Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots to help the Bruins win their third straight. Boston also improved to 7-1-5 in its last 13 games.
Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist, and Scott Mayfield also scored for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov had 30 saves.
HURRICANES 2, KINGS 0
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — James Reimer made 41 saves as Carolina posted a shutout for the second consecutive game.
Nino Niederreiter scored the opening goal 4:52 into the first period and Reimer took care of the rest to help Carolina earn its third consecutive win and finish a seven game homestand with a 5-2-0 record. Teuvo Terravainen added an empty-net goal with four seconds remaining.
Los Angeles goalie Jack Campbell was nearly as brilliant as Reimer, stopping 28 of the 29 shots. The Kings lost for the fourth time in five games.
BLUES 5, RANGERS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Perron celebrated his selection to the NHL All-Star Game by scoring in his fourth straight contest, helping St. Louis beat the Rangers.
Robert Bortuzzo, Vince Dunn, Zach Sanford and Jaden Schwartz also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who are 11-2-1 in their last 14.
The Blues won their eighth straight home game, their longest such streak since winning 10 in a row from April 16-Oct. 12, 2013.
Filip Chytil and Brett Howden scored for the Rangers, who fell to 1-5-1 in their last seven on the road. The Rangers had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Jordan Binnington made 20 saves for his ninth win in the last 10 starts.
CANADIENS 2, SENATORS 1, OT
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk scored with 52 seconds left in overtime, helping Montreal snap an eight-game losing streak with a win over Ottawa.
Coming into the game, neither team had won since Dec. 23.
Montreal avoided losing nine games in a row for the first time this season. The Senators are 0-4-3 over their last seven games.
Nick Suzuki scored in regulation and Carey Price stopped 41 shots for the Canadiens, who signed Kovalchuk last week. The 36-year-old Russian had three assists in his first three games with Montreal before scoring the game-winning goal.
Drake Batherson scored unassisted in the second period for Ottawa.
CANUCKS 6, SABRES 3
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Brock Boeser and Jake Virtanen scored 1:24 apart in the third period, and Vancouver beat Buffalo.
Boeser had two goals and Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller also scored for Vancouver, which had dropped consecutive games by a combined 14-4. Loui Eriksson had an empty-netter, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots to improve to 7-1 in his past eight games.
Sam Reinhart, Zemgus Girgensons and Brandon Montour scored for Buffalo, which continued its midseason slide by dropping to 3-8-1 in its past 12.
Sabres goalie Carter Hutton finished with 29 saves in his first appearance in nine games. Hutton dropped to 0-7-4 in his past 11 starts, a stretch in which he has allowed four or more goals six times.
BLACKHAWKS 4, DUCKS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Dominik Kubalik scored two goals, Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist and Chicago beat Anaheim.
Kubalik has goals in four straight games and 16 for the season, tying him with Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson for the NHL rookie lead. The first two-goal game of his career gave the Chicago forward eight points in his last five games.
Olli Maatta also scored for the Blackhawks, who rebounded after two losses to finish a four-game homestand 2-2-0.
Max Jones and Rickard Rakell scored for last-place Anaheim, which has lost six of seven (1-5-1).
Robin Lehner made 35 saves in his first game since hurting his right knee at Vancouver on Jan. 2. Anaheim’s John Gibson blocked 29 shots.
BLUE JACKETS 3, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elvis Merzlikins made 27 saves for his first career shutout and Columbus beat Vegas.
Merzlikins is a 25-year-old rookie filling in for injured starter Joonas Korpisalo. He improved to 5-6-4 in 17 games.
Emil Bemstrom, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Alexander Wennberg scored for Columbus. The Blue Jackets are 11-2-4 since Dec. 9, one point behind Tampa Bay for most in the NHL during that span.
Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves.
SHARKS 2, STARS 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Brent Burns had a goal and an assist, Patrick Marleau also scored, and San Jose beat Dallas, spoiling the return of former star Joe Pavelski.
Aaron Dell had 27 saves for the Sharks, who are 5-2-2 over their last nine games after going 1-8-1 in their previous 10.
Jamie Benn scored for the Stars, who had a six-game winning streak halted.
Pavelski was playing his former team for the first time since signing a $21 million, three-year deal with Dallas during the offseason. A video tribute to Pavelski followed the player introductions. The former Sharks captain skated across the ice and waved to fans just before the start of the game.
FLAMES 4, OILERS 3
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Elias Lindholm scored twice and Calgary rallied to beat Edmonton.
The Flames won their fifth straight and moved into first place in the tight Pacific Division, one point ahead of Arizona and Vegas. The Oilers are two points back.
Johnny Gaudreau and Dillon Dube also scored for Calgary.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and Connor McDavid also scored for Edmonton, which lost in regulation for the first time in six games. Kailer Yamamoto had two assists and Leon Draisaitl also had an assist, extending his point streak to six games.