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  • Oilers fire GM Chiarelli
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    The Edmonton Oilers fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday.

    • CEO Bob Nicholson will oversee hockey operations until a new general manager is hired, the team announced.

      The Oilers (23-24-3) are in seventh place in the Pacific Division and dropped their third consecutive game Tuesday, a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

      Chiarelli, 54, had been general manager since April 2015. He previously spent nine seasons as the Boston Bruins' general manager and led the team to a Stanley Cup in 2011 and a Cup Final in 2013.

      The Bruins fired him days before the Oilers hired him.

      It is expected that assistant general manager Keith Gretzky, Wayne's younger brother, will assume some of the GM responsibilities.

      "We are not in a rush but as soon as we find a GM that we feel is right for the culture of the Oilers, we'll name that person," Nicholson said, according to NHL.com. "When that will be, there is no deadline on that. ... We have to get the right one."

      Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer and an Oilers legend, is vice chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group.

      Under Chiarelli's leadership, the Oilers were 137-133-25. They finished 47-26-9 in 2016-17, when they made the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Anaheim Ducks defeated them in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

      Todd McLellan, whom Chiarelli hired as coach in 2015, was fired in November after the Oilers started 9-10-1 this season. Ken Hitchcock replaced him and has guided the team to a 14-14-2 record after a 9-2-2 start.

      "When we made the coaching change, I really thought the team played well," Nicholson said, per NHL.com.

      "We saw that we have it within the players in the dressing room to play at a top level in the league. We slipped again. Some of the moves we made have not worked and I felt that Peter had done everything that he could to make this team better, so we needed a new direction."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Sharks extend Caps' slump
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Tomas Hertl completed a hat trick by scoring 1:48 into overtime to give the visiting San Jose Sharks a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

    • Evander Kane (two goals) knocked in a loose puck with one second left in regulation to force overtime, and Hertl then won it for San Jose, which ended a three-game losing streak.

      Hertl, taking an OT pass from Logan Couture, beat Washington goalie Braden Holtby from the right circle on a shot just inside the far post. Hertl notched his second career hat trick and added an assist.

      Alex Ovechkin registered his 23rd hat trick for the Capitals, who have dropped six straight (0-4-2). With his first goal, Ovechkin moved past Dave Andreychuk (640) and into 14th place all-time for goals.

      Flames 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)

      Mikael Backlund scored 15 seconds into overtime, and David Rittich made 33 saves in a sparkling performance as host Calgary beat Carolina.

      Backlund added an assist in a two-point game. T.J. Brodie finished with two assists, and Oliver Kylington and Mark Jankowski also scored for Calgary. The Western Conference-leading Flames head into the All-Star break riding a three-game winning streak and an 8-0-1 run.

      Dougie Hamilton and Sebastian Aho had goals for the Hurricanes, who fell to 1-2-1 in their past four games. Petr Mrazek made 22 saves.

      Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2 (SO)

      Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored on Chicago's only two attempts of a shootout, and the hosts edged New York in the final game for both teams before the NHL All-Star break.

      Toews scored the final goal of regulation late in the second period for the Blackhawks, who have won two straight. Dylan Strome scored earlier in the second period. Goalie Cam Ward made 34 saves in regulation and overtime before turning back both Islanders attempts in the shootout.

      Valtteri Filppula and Mathew Barzal scored for the Islanders, who had their five-game winning streak snapped but will still end the first half of the season atop the Metropolitan Division. New York is 15-3-1 since Dec. 15.

      Coyotes 3, Senators 2

      Vinnie Hinostroza scored twice and added an assist as Arizona continued its hot streak with a victory at Ottawa.

      Derek Stepan also scored for Arizona, which is 6-1-1 in its past eight games. Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves.

      Bobby Ryan and Ryan Dzingel scored for the Senators, who had won four of their previous six games after an eight-game skid. Goalie Craig Anderson, making just his second start since missing 11 games with a concussion, stopped 30 of 33 shots.

      Red Wings 3, Oilers 2

      Luke Glendening scored two goals, and visiting Detroit handed Edmonton its third consecutive loss.

      Glendening raised his season total to eight goals. Dylan Larkin also scored for Detroit while Andreas Athanasiou added two assists. Jimmy Howard stopped 32 shots for the Red Wings, who won for just the fourth time in 15 games (4-9-2).

      Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist for the Oilers. Matthew Benning also scored while Mikko Koskinen made 24 saves.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wild acquire D Hunt from Golden Knights
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    The Wild acquired defenseman Brad Hunt from Vegas on Monday evening, shortly after Minnesota beat the Golden Knights 4-2 in Las Vegas.

    • Minnesota sent a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft to Vegas and also received a 2019 sixth-rounder in return.

      Hunt, 30, hasn't played since Jan. 4 and had been a healthy scratch in 29 of the Golden Knights' past 33 games. He has two goals and five assists and is plus-3 in 13 games this season after posting career highs of three goals and 15 assists in 45 games with Vegas last season.

      Hunt averaged less ice time (15:10 per game) than any other defenseman on Vegas' roster this season, his sixth NHL campaign. He began his career with three partial years with the Edmonton Oilers (2013-16) before stints with the St. Louis Blues (2016-17) and Nashville Predators (2016-17). Hunt then signed with Vegas in July 2017.

      To make room on their roster, the Wild reassigned defenseman Louie Belpedio to the AHL Iowa Wild.

      Belpedio, 22, has played in just two NHL games this season, Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Monday at Vegas. He had no points and an even rating in an average of 13:08 in ice time. In his only previous NHL appearance, he produced two assists last season in his Minnesota debut.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Predators dispatch struggling Avalanche
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist, Viktor Arvidsson, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis also scored, and the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Monday in Denver.

    • Pekka Rinne stopped 35 shots for the Predators, who ended a two-game losing streak and gave coach Peter Laviolette his 600th career victory.

      Alexander Kerfoot scored a goal, and Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves for the Avalanche.

      Colorado, which is 3-9-2 in its past 14 games, played without Erik Johnson. The Avalanche's top defenseman went into the concussion protocol after being hit in the jaw with the puck in the first period of a Saturday win against the Los Angeles Kings.

      Wild 4, Golden Knights 2

      Charlie Coyle scored the winning goal with 5:31 remaining, and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves to help Minnesota hand Vegas a rare defeat in Las Vegas.

      Mikko Koivu scored his 200th career goal, and Eric Staal and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Wild, who leapfrogged Dallas and Colorado into third place in the Central Division with their third win in four games. Minnesota also improved to 4-0-1 in five all-time games against the Golden Knights.

      Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch scored goals for Vegas, which lost for just the second time in regulation in its past 15 home games (11-2-2). Colin Miller added two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury, making his NHL-leading 44th start, stopped 18 shots.

      Panthers 6, Sharks 2

      Frank Vatrano recorded his first four-point game, and Florida broke a third-period tie with three quick goals in a victory over San Jose at Sunrise, Fla.

      Vatrano had a goal and a career-high three assists, and Aaron Ekblad, Mike Matheson, Keith Yandle, Vincent Trocheck and Nick Bjugstad also scored for Florida. Aleksander Barkov had three assists, and Evgenii Dadonov added two. Roberto Luongo stopped 27 shots for the Panthers, who enter the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak.

      Timo Meier had a goal and an assist, and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, who lost their third straight. San Jose plays the Capitals in Washington on Tuesday before entering the All-Star break.

      Kings 4, Blues 3

      Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli each had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles in a win over visiting St. Louis.

      Brendan Leipsic had two assists, Drew Doughty and Paul LaDue also scored and Jonathan Quick made 33 saves on his 33rd birthday, helping send his team into a 12-day break on a positive note.

      Mackenzie MacEachern scored his first NHL goal for the Blues. Oskar Sundqvist and Ryan O'Reilly also scored, Ivan Barbashev had two assists, and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for St. Louis.

      --Field Level Media

  • Oilers sign G Koskinen to three-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    The Edmonton Oilers and goaltender Mikko Koskinen agreed to a three-year, $13.5 million extension, according to multiple reports on Monday.

    • Koskinen, from Finland, is earning $2.5 million this season on a one-year deal he signed in the offseason to return to the NHL.

      The 30-year-old is 14-10-1 with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 27 games (24 starts) this season. He spent the past seven years playing in Finland and Russia.

      "We are excited to have signed Mikko to a three-year contract extension through the 2022 season," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a press release. "Mikko has a lot of experience as a number one goalie and has performed well both internationally and for our club."

      Koskinen was a second-round pick (31st overall) by the New York Islanders in the 2009 draft. He played in four games for the Islanders during the 2010-11 season, going 2-1 with a 4.33 GAA.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sharks D Karlsson out next two games
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson will miss the next two games with a lower-body injury, coach Peter DeBoer told reporters on Monday.

    • Karlsson also missed Saturday's loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He will sit out Monday's game against the Florida Panthers and Tuesday's contest versus the Washington Capitals.

      The 28-year-old Karlsson could end up pulling out of Saturday's NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, but DeBoer hopes he will recover in time to be part of the festivities.

      "I just want to get him healthy, so if he's healthy enough, I would hope he'll play," DeBoer said of the All-Star Game. "And I know he would play. Let's cross our fingers and hope that he's healthy enough to play."

      Karlsson has 43 points (three goals, 40 assists) in 47 games this season.

      Karlsson has played in five previous All-Star Games in his 10-year career, the others with the Ottawa Senators. Karlsson was acquired from the Senators in September.

      He is one of three Sharks named to the All-Star team, along with forward Joe Pavelski and defenseman Brent Burns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Teravainen, Canes agree to $27M extension
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    Forward Teuvo Teravainen and the Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a five-year, $27 million contract extension, the team announced Monday.

    • The contract will run through the 2023-24 season. The average annual value is $5.4 million.

      "Teuvo has improved every year of his NHL career and has established himself as a cornerstone forward for the Hurricanes now and into the future," general manager Don Waddell said. "He has shown that he is capable of adapting and expanding his role with our team, becoming a key penalty killer for (coach Rod Brind'Amour) this season. He's still just 24 years old and we believe he will only continue to grow as a player."

      Teravainen would have become a restricted free agent next summer.

      He ranks second among the Hurricanes in assists (29), points (39) and power-play points (12) this season.

      The Hurricanes acquired him in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on June 15, 2016. Since then, he has 145 points (48 goals, 97 assists) in 211 games.

      The Blackhawks selected Teravainen with the No. 18 overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. In 326 career games, he has 189 points (65 goals, 124 assists).

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Toews notches hat trick as Blackhawks crush Capitals
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    Jonathan Toews finished with three goals and two assists while Patrick Kane added two goals and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a six-game losing streak with an 8-5 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon.

    • The Blackhawks scored four goals in the first 23 minutes and then added four more in the third period while slumping Washington twice sliced the lead to one. The Capitals have dropped five in a row, the first time that's happened since early in the 2014-15 season.

      Washington simply couldn't stop Toews (five points) and Kane (four) as Chicago finished with at least three goals in two of the three periods.

      The Capitals have fallen out of first place in the Metropolitan Division during their skid. Coach Todd Reirden tried to get the offense going by shaking up his lines, including dropping top-line center Evgeny Kuznetsov to the third line, but the defense couldn't hold on.

      Islanders 3, Ducks 0

      Robin Lehner recorded 19 saves as surging New York notched its second straight shutout with a win over visiting Anaheim.

      Cal Clutterbuck scored twice in the first period for the Islanders, who have won five straight and 15 of 18 to move into first place in the Metropolitan Division. It was the sixth career two-goal game for Clutterbuck and his first since Jan. 4, 2018.

      Leo Komarov scored in the final minute of the second period for the Islanders.

      Canucks 3, Red Wings 2

      Elias Pettersson scored a goal and added an assist in his first game back from a knee injury as host Vancouver came back to beat Detroit.

      Antoine Roussel scored the winning goal at 13:13 of the third period as he tipped in Jake Virtanen's pass into the middle. That came less than six minutes after Bo Horvat tied the game at 2-2.

      The Canucks earned their second straight win while handing the Red Wings their second consecutive loss. Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek each had a goal and an assist for Detroit.

      Coyotes 4, Maple Leafs 2

      Vinnie Hinostroza scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as visiting Arizona defeated Toronto.

      It was the fifth goal this season for Hinostroza, who had not scored since Nov. 11, a 21-game drought. Mario Kempe, Clayton Keller and Lawson Crouse also scored for the Coyotes, who have won five of their past seven games. Derek Stepan added two assists.

      Travis Dermott and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost seven of their past 10 games and six of seven at home.

      Hurricanes 7, Oilers 4

      Nino Niederreiter scored two first-period goals in just his second game with Carolina in a victory against host Edmonton.

      Niederreiter joined the Hurricanes last week in a trade with the Minnesota Wild. He made his Carolina debut in Friday night's home loss to the Ottawa Senators.

      Lucas Wallmark also had two goals for Carolina. Andrei Svechnikov, Brock McGinn and Jordan Martinook had the other goals for the Hurricanes.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Marchessault hat trick powers Knights past Pens
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 20, 2019

    Jonathan Marchessault scored his second career hat trick and Marc-Andre Fleury had 34 saves and also garnered his 17th career assist to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

    • Fleury picked up his league-leading 27th victory.

      William Karlsson and Max Pacioretty each added a goal and an assist, and Oscar Lindberg and Shea Theodore also scored goals for Vegas. Paul Stastny and Colin Miller both finished with two assists.

      Phil Kessel, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Friday night at Arizona, Sidney Crosby and Dominik Simon scored goals for Pittsburgh, while Jake Guentzel finished with two assists. Casey DeSmith finished with 28 saves for the Penguins, who went 2-3 on their five-game, 12-day Western road trip before heading into the All-Star break.

      Flames 5, Oilers 2

      Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, Mikael Backlund, Oliver Kylington and Sean Monahan each scored as visiting Calgary handed Edmonton a defeat.

      Goalie David Rittich made 22 saves for the Western Conference-leading Flames, who won on consecutive nights and are on a 7-0-1 run.

      Calgary had lost five straight in Edmonton prior to Saturday's win.

      Wild 2, Blue Jackets 1

      Goals by Jordan Greenway and Zach Parise 89 seconds apart late in the first period were all the offense Minnesota needed for a victory over Columbus in St. Paul, Minn.

      Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 19 saves for the much-needed victory, as Minnesota had just one win in four previous outings as it's in the thick of the wild card battle.

      Greenway, the Wild's second-round draft pick in 2015, opened the scoring at 16:07 of the first period.

      Panthers 4, Predators 2

      Vincent Trocheck and Aaron Ekblad each had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Florida to a win over Nashville.

      Frank Vatrano and Jared McCann also scored, and Colton Sceviour notched two assists for the Panthers.

      The win was the 800th in Florida franchise history.

      Flyers 5, Canadiens 2

      Nolan Patrick scored twice and Carter Hart made 33 saves as visiting Philadelphia earned a win over Montreal.

      Patrick's eighth and ninth goals of the season came in the third period, sealing the Flyers' third consecutive victory. After enduring a 24-game goal drought, Patrick now has four goals in his last three games. The center also had two goals against the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

      Hart improved to 6-5-1 after 12 career NHL games, as the rookie continues to stabilize Philadelphia's goaltending situation. Hart has a 2.66 goals-against average in his young career.

      Lightning 6, Sharks 3

      Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist while Alex Killorn and Yanni Gourde both snapped goal droughts as Tampa Bay entered its bye week on a positive note with a victory over visiting San Jose.

      The Sharks played without star defenseman Erik Karlsson.

      Killorn went 10 games without a goal before putting the NHL-leading Lightning up 2-0 with 2:09 left in the first period on his 11th of the season.

      Blues 3, Senators 2

      Carl Gunnarsson scored the tie-breaking goal with 7:44 left in the third period for the host St. Louis, which hung on to edge Ottawa.

      Vladimir Tarasenko and Vince Dunn also scored for the Blues, who snapped a two-game losing streak in their final home game of the month. St. Louis is scheduled to embark on a five-game road trip spanning the All-Star break before returning to Enterprise Center on Feb. 9.

      Rookie Jordan Binnington recorded 28 saves to improve to 4-0-1 as an NHL starter.

      Rangers 3, Bruins 2

      Mika Zibanejad scored twice, and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to move into sole possession of sixth place on the NHL's all-time wins list as visiting New York skated to a victory over Boston.

      Tuukka Rask, who was bidding to become the Bruins' all-time winningest goaltender, sustained a concussion with 1:28 remaining in the first period following a collision with Filip Chytil. The Rangers forward was credited with a goal despite barreling into Rask after being tripped by the stick of Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy.

      Rask, who won the 2013-2014 Vezina Trophy, remained on the ice for several minutes before being helped to his feet by the training staff. The 31-year-old Finn made six saves before being replaced by Jaroslav Halak, who turned aside 11 shots as Boston fell for the third time in four games (1-2-1).

      Stars 4, Jets 2

      Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist, and John Klingberg and Esa Lindell each had a pair of assists as Dallas outlasted visiting Winnipeg in the final game for both teams before the NHL All-Star break.

      The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Dallas. It was just the Stars' second game in their past eight that they scored more than two goals.

      Dallas dominated early, scoring three times in the first 33 minutes and outshooting the Central Division-leading Jets 28-12 in the first two periods.

      Avalanche 7, Kings 1

      Colorado erupted for six goals in the second period in its win against visiting Los Angeles.

      Tyson Barrie had a goal and two assists, Mikko Rantanen scored twice before leaving with an upper-body injury, and Carl Soderberg and Gabriel Landeskog each tallied a goal and an assist for Colorado in the opener of a five-game homestand.

      Sheldon Dries and Colin Wilson also scored for the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Calvert each had two assists, and Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves.

      Ducks 3, Devils 2

      Troy Terry had a goal and an assist, his first two points in the NHL, as Anaheim defeated the New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

      Daniel Sprong and Derek Grant also scored for the Ducks, who won their second in a row after snapping a monthlong, 12-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory Thursday at Minnesota. Goaltender John Gibson made 29 saves.

      Marcus Johansson and Jesper Bratt scored for the Devils, who lost their third in a row. Mackenzie Blackwood had a light workload, stopping 11 of 14 shots.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bruins G Rask exits with concussion
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask exited Saturday's game against the visiting New York Rangers with a concussion with 1:28 remaining in the first period after a frightening goal-mouth collision that resulted in a goal for the Rangers.

    • Rangers forward Filip Chytil was driving down the right side toward the goal, and a split-second after he unleashed his point-blank shot, he was hit by Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy and careened into Rask, who sustained a laceration in the exchange. Chytil was credited with his ninth goal of the season.

      Replays seem to indicate Chytil would have missed Rask if not for the bump by McAvoy.

      The Bruins announced during the second period that Rask had a concussion and would not return.

      Rask, the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner, remained down for several moments before being assisted from the ice. He was replaced by backup Jaroslav Halak.

      Rask was bidding to become the Bruins' all-time winningest goaltender on Saturday. His 252nd career victories are tied with Cecil "Tiny" Thompson for the most in franchise history.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks G Crawford (concussion) resumes skating
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was on the ice working out with teammates and coaches Saturday, his first reported action since suffering a concussion five weeks ago.

    • Video clips posted on social media by the Blackhawks and The Athletic showed the 34-year-old veteran practicing with goaltending coach Jimmy Waite and goalies Cam Ward and Collin Delia.

      Crawford suffered a concussion, his second in the past year, during a first-period collision against the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 16. He was knocked over backward and his head struck the post.

      The two-time Stanley Cup winner missed 47 games last season with concussion-related symptoms.

      Chicago is in no rush to remove Crawford from the injured reserve list, as the Blackhawks (16-24-9) have the worst record in the NHL.

      Crawford is 6-14-2 with a 3.21 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 2018-19, his 12th season with Chicago.

      He ranks third in franchise history in wins (236), saves (11,175) and GAA (2.42).

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Isles blank Caps 2-0, move into 1st place
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    Thomas Greiss stopped 19 shots as the New York Islanders defeated the host Washington Capitals 2-0 Friday night to move into first place in the NHL's Metropolitan Division.

    • Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck scored 2:26 apart early in the third period for the Islanders, who won their fourth in a row and improved to 14-3-0 in their past 17 games to move a point ahead of the Capitals and Columbus. The Blue Jackets lost 4-1 Friday night to Montreal.

      Braden Holtby stopped 23 of 25 shots for the Capitals, but their losing streak reached a season-high four games (0-3-1).

      Islanders coach Barry Trotz, who led the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship last season, was honored with a video tribute during a stoppage in play with 13:41 remaining in the first period.

      Flames 6, Red Wings 4

      Sam Bennett scored twice, including the game-winner, in a three-point outing as host Calgary erased four different deficits to beat Detroit.

      The Flames tallied three power-play goals and a short-handed score, and scored four times in the final period. Goalie Mike Smith made 31 saves in the wild win that has Western Conference-leading Calgary on a 6-0-1 roll.

      Jimmy Howard stopped 30 shots for the Red Wings, who had a modest two-game winning streak snapped.

      Penguins 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)

      Phil Kessel deflected a shot by Sidney Crosby for an overtime power-play goal to lift Pittsburgh past Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.

      After Richard Panik was penalized for hooking Pittsburgh's Brian Dumoulin, Kessel was in front of the net when he shoveled Crosby's shot past goaltender Darcy Kuemper with 49.9 seconds left in overtime.

      Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 30 saves to improve to 10-1-0 in his past 11 starts. He is 4-0-0 in his career against the Coyotes. Kuemper, who had won four consecutive starts, stopped 32 of 35 shots for the Coyotes. Arizona had won four of its previous five games.

      Canadiens 4, Blue Jackets 1

      Tomas Tatar and Joel Armia each scored twice as Montreal earned a win at Columbus.

      The victory gave Montreal its first four-game winning streak of the season and a 10-4-0 record over its last 14 games. The Canadiens won for the first time in their past five visits to Columbus. The defeat snapped the Blue Jackets' four-game winning streak.

      The Blue Jackets outshot the Canadiens 35-26, yet Carey Price was a difference-maker in net. Price stopped 34 of 35 shots, giving Montreal an 8-0-0 record this season when he has made 33 or more saves in a game.

      Canucks 4, Sabres 3

      Loui Eriksson's goal at 5:57 of the third period to break a 3-3 tie gave host Vancouver a win over Buffalo.

      Thatcher Demko stopped 36 of 39 shots as Vancouver earned only its second win in the past six games (2-2-2). The Sabres dropped their fourth decision in five games.

      Brock Boeser led the Canucks with a goal and an assist, while Alex Edler and Sven Baertschi also tallied. Bo Horvat, whose status was in question after he took a hard hit Wednesday against Edmonton, furnished two assists. Evan Rodrigues, Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart scored for the Sabres.

      Panthers 3, Maple Leafs 1

      Vincent Trocheck, playing for the first time since he fractured his right ankle on Nov. 19, earned an assist and helped Florida snap a seven-game losing streak by defeating Toronto in Sunrise, Fla.

      Florida had been on its longest skid since dropping nine in a row in 2013-14. Trocheck, a 2017 All-Star who scored 54 goals over the past two seasons, missed 27 games. He had played all 82 games in each of the two previous seasons.

      Mike Hoffman, Mike Matheson and Frank Vatrano scored for Florida. Roberto Luongo earned the win, making 20 saves. Ron Hainsey scored Toronto's goal.

      Senators 4, Hurricanes 1

      Magnus Paajarvi, Bobby Ryan, Mark Stone and Christian Wolanin scored for Ottawa in a victory that included two goals in a 13-second span at Raleigh, N.C.

      Cody Ceci supplied two assists for the Senators, who have won four of their past five games. Warren Foegele scored for Carolina, which doesn't have another home game until February.

      Senators goalie Anders Nilsson stopped 33 shots. Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek made 22 saves. He also gave up four goals Jan. 6 at Ottawa, but the Hurricanes won that game 5-4.

      --Field Level Media

  • Predators' Johansen suspended two games
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen has been suspended two games for high sticking, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Friday.

    • The incident occurred during Thursday's game against the Winnipeg Jets when Johansen swung his stick down and struck Mark Scheifele in the head. The Department of Player Safety said Johansen swung his stick in a "reckless and irresponsible manner" during a video review of the play.

      Johansen and Scheifele were battling for a loose puck in the corner when the incident happened. Johansen received a two-minute penalty.

      Johansen leads the Predators with 42 points (eight goals, 34 assists) in 49 games this season.

      Johansen will forfeit $86,021.50 in salary. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

      --Field Level Media

  • Capitals G Holtby set to return from eye injury
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is set to start Friday night's game against the New York Islanders, six days after suffering an eye injury in a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    • Holtby, the Capitals' No. 1 goalie, was hurt when he took a stick to the eye from Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson in a 2-1 overtime loss on Saturday.

      "I feel good. It's back to normal," Holtby said following Friday's morning skate.

      Holtby was expected to return on Tuesday, but he stayed on the bench as a precaution in a 7-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

      Pheonix Copley replaced Holtby in net for Tuesday's loss and a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues the night before.

      Holtby, who is 17-10-2 this season, said he and the team ruled out any long-term issues with the eye early on.

      "Once the initial tests were done and they said there was no damage that's going to be long-term, it was just a matter of healing, getting that vision back," Holtby, 29, said.

      --Field Level Media

  • Trocheck nearing return for Panthers
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    The Florida Panthers expect to have 2017 All-Star center Vincent Trocheck back in the lineup soon after he practiced with the team for the first time on Thursday since undergoing ankle surgery.

    • Trocheck suffered a broken ankle in a 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 19 and has missed the past 27 games.

      While Trocheck has been medically cleared, Florida coach Bob Boughner has indicated Trocheck likely will see his first action when the Panthers return after the All-Star break.

      Florida's first game after the break is Feb. 1 against the Nashville Predators. The Panthers (17-20-8) have gone 9-13-5 without Trocheck.

      "It's obviously frustrating whenever you have to watch and it's not going the way we want it to go and I can't be out there to help," Trocheck said of being sidelined.

      Trocheck, 25, has three goals and 11 assists in 18 games this season for the Panthers.

      He was coming off a career year, notching personal bests with 31 goals, 44 assists and 75 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Leafs stop Lightning’s streak
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 18, 2019

    Mitchell Marner scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped Tampa Bay's nine-game home winning streak in a 4-2 win over the Lightning on Thursday.

    • Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist, Zach Hyman scored an empty-net marker, and John Tavares and Nikita Zaitsev had two assists each for the Maple Leafs, who broke a two-game losing streak.

      Brayden Point and Victor Hedman each had a goal and an assist, and Point's marker was his 30th goal for the Lightning, who had won four of five and are 19-3-1 in their past 23.

      The loss prevented Tampa Bay from matching its franchise record of 10 consecutive home wins.

      Rangers 4, Blackhawks 3

      Mika Zibanejad scored the game-winning goal into an empty net with 17 seconds remaining and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves as host New York edged Chicago.

      Zibanejad scored the game-winner when he intercepted a cross-ice pass by Patrick Kane. He scored his 15th goal and New York's third unassisted goal of the game after Lundqvist made point-blank saves on Kane and Jonathan Toews in a span of 30 seconds after Chicago pulled goaltender Collin Delia for the extra attacker.

      Zibanejad's tally gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead and, with two seconds left, Chicago's Dominik Kahun scored, but it was too late.

      Jets 5, Predators 1

      Fourth-liner Brendan Lemieux scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck finished with 37 saves as visiting Winnipeg strengthened its lead atop the Central Division with a victory over Nashville.

      Bryan Little scored to extend his point streak to seven games, and Brandon Tanev and Mason Appleton also tallied for the Jets, who secured a four-point lead over second-place Nashville.

      Viktor Arvidsson scored his 10th goal in as many contests, and Pekka Rinne turned aside 29 shots for Nashville, which fell to 6-2-2 in its past 10 games. The Predators were unsuccessful in their bid to present Peter Laviolette with his 600th coaching victory.

      Ducks 3, Wild 0

      John Gibson made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season and visiting Anaheim ended a 12-game losing streak with a win against Minnesota in St. Paul.

      Adam Henrique, Rickard Rakell and Brian Gibbons scored and Brandon Montour had two assists for the Ducks, who went a month between victories while establishing their longest losing streak in franchise history (0-8-4).

      The Ducks scored all their goals in the first eight minutes to chase starting goalie Alex Stalock (five saves). He was replaced by Devan Dubnyk, who made 20 saves.

      Bruins 5, Blues 2

      Chris Wagner's two-point night included the go-ahead goal as Boston earned a victory over visiting St. Louis.

      With the score tied 2-2 at 5:27 in the third period, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson's pass found a streaking Wagner for a partial breakaway. Wagner fought off defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to convert his sixth goal of the season and the third game-winner of his five-year NHL career.

      Wagner also recorded an assist in the game. David Krejci led all Bruins scorers with three points, notching his third three-assist game of the season.

      Islanders 4, Devils 1

      Anders Lee scored twice and Jordan Eberle netted one goal and one assist as host New York claimed a third straight victory by beating New Jersey.

      Goalie Robin Lehner only needed to make 16 saves for the Islanders, who have won 10 of 12 outings while pushing up the Metropolitan Division. New York is just one point back of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals for the top spot in the division.

      Michael Dal Colle, the Islanders' 2014 first-round draft choice, gave New York a 2-0 lead with his first career NHL goal at 9:19 of the opening frame.

      Kings 2, Stars 1

      Jack Campbell turned away 29 shots, and Dustin Brown and Carl Hagelin scored goals as visiting Los Angeles held off offensively inept Dallas.

      Campbell, who was selected 11th overall by the Stars in the 2010 NHL Draft, owns the league's best save percentage at .933 through 16 games, 15 of them starts. It was Campbell's first start against Dallas, which traded him to Los Angeles in June 2016.

      Campbell stopped 18 shots in the third period, and got help when two Dallas scoring attempts clanged off the post. He made a final emphatic stop when he gloved a searing shot from Tyler Seguin in the final seconds.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Canucks facing center shortage
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    The Vancouver Canucks have two injured centers, and they are not sure if either will play Friday night.

    • With Elias Pettersson still out due to a knee injury sustained on Jan. 3, the Canucks lost Bo Horvat temporarily during their Wednesday night shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers. After the game, Horvat received treatment for what the team later termed a charley horse.

      Horvat likely will play in the Canucks' Friday home game against the Buffalo Sabres, but Pettersson is doubtful, according to coach Travis Green. Speaking with reporters after practice, Pettersson said he pushed himself harder on Thursday and that while he is not worried about when exactly he will return, it will be soon.

      --The Minnesota Wild traded forward Nino Niederreiter to the Carolina Hurricanes for center Victor Rask.

      Niederreiter, 26, posted nine goals and 14 assists in 46 games for the Wild this season. He was the No. 5 overall pick in 2010 by the New York Islanders, who traded him to the Wild before the 2013-14 season. He has 112 goals and 119 assists in 498 career games.

      Rask, 25, played in 26 games for Carolina in 2018-19 and has one goal and five assists. A second-round pick by the Hurricanes in the 2011 draft, he has 63 goals and 100 assists in 339 games.

      --The Anaheim Ducks acquired center Derek Grant from the Penguins in a deal that sent forward Joseph Blandisi to Pittsburgh.

      Grant, 28, had two goals and five points in 25 games with the Penguins after signing as a free agent over the summer. He played last season in Anaheim, scoring 12 goals and adding 12 assists.

      Blandisi, 24, has played the majority of this season with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL, tallying 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) and a plus-9 rating in 27 games. He has played in 74 career NHL games with the Ducks and New Jersey Devils, recording eight goals and 26 points.

      --The Columbus Blue Jackets activated veteran center Brandon Dubinsky off injured reserve. He missed four games with a strained hamstring.

      Dubinsky, 32, has four goals and six assists in 32 games this season, his seventh season with Columbus. He ranks second on the team in faceoff percentage (.534), third in penalty minutes (34) and fourth in hits (73).

      The Blue Jackets return to action Friday night when they host the Montreal Canadiens.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wild trade F Niederreiter to Hurricanes
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    The Minnesota Wild traded forward Nino Niederreiter to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, acquiring center Victor Rask in return.

    • Niederreiter, 26, posted nine goals and 14 assists in 46 games for the Wild.

      Rask, 25, played in 26 games for Carolina and has one goal and five assists on the season.

      Niederreiter was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, who traded him to the Wild before the 2013-14 season. He has 112 goals and 119 assists in 498 career games.

      Rask, a second-round pick by Carolina in the 2011 draft, has played 339 NHL games, recording 63 goals and 100 assists.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jackets activate C Dubinsky from IR
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    The Columbus Blue Jackets activated veteran center Brandon Dubinsky off injured reserve on Thursday.

    • Dubinsky, 32, missed four games with a strained hamstring.

      The Anchorage, Alaska, native has four goals and six assists in 32 games this season, his seventh season with Columbus. He ranks second on the team in faceoff percentage (53.4), third in penalty minutes (34) and fourth in hits (73).

      He played his first six seasons with the New York Rangers (2006-12) and has accumulated 434 points (151 goals, 283 assists) in 794 career games.

      The Blue Jackets return to action Friday night when they host the Montreal Canadiens.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins trade Grant to Anaheim for Blandisi
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Pittsburgh acquired forward Joseph Blandisi from Anaheim and sent center Derek Grant back to the Ducks, the Penguins announced early Thursday.

    • Blandisi is signed through the end of the regular season, and he carries an average annual value of $680,000 at the NHL level. He will be a restricted free agent this summer.

      Blandisi will join the Penguins in Arizona on Thursday and is expected to play Friday night against the Coyotes.

      "Part of the deal, aside from us liking this younger player, was to have more flexibility on that 13th forward," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday. "Derek ended up being the healthy scratch for a long time. Now we have the flexibility of bringing whoever we want up from Wilkes-Barre."

      Blandisi, 24, has played the majority of this season with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL, tallying 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) and a plus-9 in 27 games. Blandisi has played in 74 career NHL games with the Ducks and New Jersey Devils, recording eight goals and 26 points.

      Grant, 28, had two goals and five points in 25 games with the Penguins after signing as a free agent over the summer. He played last season in Anaheim, scoring 12 goals and adding 12 assists.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Coyotes snap Sharks' win streak
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse each had a goal and an assist as the host Arizona Coyotes defeated San Jose 6-3 Wednesday night in Glendale, Ariz., snapping the Sharks' seven-game winning streak and handing them their first loss of 2019.

    • Richard Panik, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Alex Galchenyuk and Josh Archibald also scored for the Coyotes, who won for the fourth time in their past five games. Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves.

      Kevin Labanc had a goal and two assists while Evander Kane and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, who were playing on back-to-back nights after defeating Pittsburgh 5-2 at home Tuesday. Aaron Dell stopped 35 of 39 shots.

      The Sharks, who had not lost since Dec. 31 at Calgary, fell into an early 2-0 hole and never recovered.

      Flyers 4, Bruins 3

      Sean Couturier scored three goals for his first career hat trick to carry host Philadelphia past Boston.

      Oskar Lindblom scored one goal and added an assist, and Claude Giroux contributed two assists for the Flyers, who won their second in a row. Ivan Provorov also had two assists. Flyers rookie goaltender Carter Hart was tremendous with a career-high 39 saves.

      Peter Cehlarik scored twice while David Pastrnak also tallied, but the Bruins could not hold an early 2-0 lead. Brad Marchand had two assists for Boston. Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped just 15 of 19 Philadelphia shots.

      Sabres 4, Flames 3 (OT)

      Jack Eichel, who rang a couple of shots off the post in the game, including one earlier in overtime, scored the difference-maker as visiting Buffalo beat Calgary.

      Eichel, who snapped a five-game pointless drought, collected a goal and an assist to help snap Buffalo's three-game losing skid. Evan Rodrigues, Rasmus Dahlin and Jake McCabe also scored for the Sabres. Linus Ullmark made 30 saves to record the victory in the see-saw affair.

      The Flames, whose five-game winning streak ended, got goals from Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Noah Hanifin. Gaudreau also had an assist, and Elias Lindholm had two helpers. David Rittich stopped 19 shots.

      Senators 5, Avalanche 2

      Matt Duchene had a two goals and an assist, Ryan Dzingel added a goal and an assist, and host Ottawa beat Colorado.

      Brady Tkachuk and Mark Stone also scored while Anders Nilsson made the goals hold up with 30 saves for Ottawa. The Senators came into Wednesday with 39 points, fewest in the NHL, but have now won three of their past four.

      Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, Nikita Zadorov scored a goal, and Mikko Rantanen added two assists for Colorado. Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots for the Avalanche, who finished their five-game road trip 1-4-0.

      Oilers 3, Canucks 2 (SO)

      Alex Chiasson scored the lone goal of the shootout in the fifth round as visiting Edmonton beat Vancouver for its fifth win in eight outings.

      After the Canucks' Jacob Markstrom denied Leon Draisaitl on a breakaway during a frenzied overtime, the Swedish goaltender stopped the first four attempts in the shootout before Chiasson's wrist shot sailed over his glove to end the contest.

      Captain Connor McDavid scored his team-leading 29th goal and Jujhar Khaira added a short-handed tally for the Oilers. Mikko Koskinen finished with 20 saves as Edmonton improved to 3-0 in the shootout. Brandon Sutter and Markus Granlund tallied for the Canucks, who got 28 saves from Markstrom.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL: 2020 World Cup of Hockey will not be played
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    On the heels of the NHL's controversial decision to prohibit participation of its players in the Winter Olympics in 2018, the league and players association jointly announced Wednesday that there would be no World Cup of Hockey in 2020.

    • The news was rolled out under the shadow of informal labor discussions that began in recent weeks as the NHL and NHLPA try to avert a fourth lockout since 1994 before the current deal is up in 2020. Both sides have the choice to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement in September.

      "While the parties have now jointly concluded that it is no longer realistic to try to schedule a Word Cup of Hockey for the fall of 2020, they plan to continue their dialogue with a hope of being able to schedule the next World Cup event as part of a broader agreement, which would include a long-term international event calendar," the NHL said in a statement.

      "The players are focused on finding the proper time to schedule the World Cup of Hockey within the context of an overall international hockey calendar," the NHLPA said in its own statement.

      The International Ice Hockey Federation does not organize the World Cup of Hockey, as it does for the World Ice Hockey Championships and Olympics. While the World Cup of Hockey normally would occur before the start of the regular season and not interfere with the NHL's regular season, it has been held only three times (1996, 2004, 2016).

      The WCOH succeeded the Canada Cup, the international competition that was held five times between 1976-91.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wild acquire F Aberg from Ducks
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Forward Pontus Aberg is headed to his fourth team in less than 12 months after the Minnesota Wild acquired him Wednesday in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks.

    • The Wild sent minor league forward Justin Kloos to the Ducks in the deal.

      Aberg, 25, was in his second NHL season with the Nashville Predators last February when he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Mark Letestu.

      After finishing the 2017-18 season in Edmonton, he failed to make the Oilers' roster in training camp last fall. He wound up being claimed off waivers by the Ducks on Oct. 1.

      Aberg appeared in 37 games for Anaheim this season, compiling 11 goals and eight assists with a minus-10 rating. In 105 NHL games overall, he has 16 goals, 21 assists and a minus-3 rating.

      The Predators made Aberg their second-round draft pick out of Sweden in 2012.

      Kloos, 25, has spent this season with Minnesota's AHL affiliate, the (Des Moines) Iowa Wild. The undrafted Minnesota native has 12 goals, 18 assists and a plus-4 rating in 34 games.

      He has appeared in one career NHL game, logging 8:39 of ice time for the Wild against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 24, 2017, and taking a minor penalty.

      Aberg will get an immediate chance to face his former team when the Ducks face the Wild on Thursday in Saint Paul, Minn.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens' Byron suspended three games
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron was suspended three games without pay on Thursday for a high hit on Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced.

    • Byron received a two-minute charging penalty on the play that occurred in the second period on Tuesday.

      Weegar, 25, had just cleared the puck behind the net when Bryon crashed into him at the boards. Byron launched his right shoulder into Weegar's head, forcing Weegar to depart the contest.

      Byron, 29, will forfeit $18,817.20 in pay. The money goes into the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

      In 34 games this season, Byron has 10 goals and eight assists. He is in his ninth NHL season, having appeared briefly with the Buffalo Sabres before playing four years for the Calgary Flames and now four for Montreal. Byron has 80 goals and 82 assists in 397 career games.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Habs, Niemi (52 saves) tame Panthers
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Montreal backup goalie Antti Niemi was incredible in a record-setting 52-save outing, and the Canadiens strung together a three-goal second period to claim a 5-1 win over the visiting Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

    • Shea Weber, Phillip Danault, Max Domi, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens, who have won four of five and swept their back-to-back games to start the week. Montreal was victorious in Boston on Monday, beating the Bruins 3-2 in overtime.

      With Montreal playing its third game in four days, Niemi started and frustrated the Panthers, particularly in a 21-shot third period. Niemi ran his record to 8-4-1.

      Niemi established a career high for saves, and Florida eclipsed its record for most shots against an opposing goalie, totaling 53, including Mike Hoffman's goal. The Panthers fired 52 on Los Angeles Kings backstop Kelly Hrudey in 1993.

      Islanders 2, Blues 1 (OT)

      Valtteri Filppula scored 1:37 into overtime as host New York edged St. Louis. Jordan Eberle scored in the first period for the Islanders, and David Perron replied in the third for the Blues.

      In the extra session, Islanders center Mathew Barzal took a pass from Anthony Beauvillier and skated back toward center ice as Beauvillier dashed toward the bench, where Filppula was waiting to take his spot on the ice.

      Filppula was alone for a couple of seconds as the Blues swapped out defenseman Alex Pietrangelo for Vince Dunn. Barzal hit an open Filppula in stride, and the center, with Dunn in desperate pursuit, shuffled the puck for a couple steps before he fired a shot that sailed beyond the grasp of goalie Jordan Binnington and into the far corner of the net.

      Predators 7, Capitals 2

      Viktor Arvidsson finished with a hat trick, and Nick Bonino added two goals as Nashville defeated visiting Washington.

      Arvidsson scored once in the first period and twice more in the second as Nashville got six goals in the opening 40 minutes and sent the Capitals on the way to their third consecutive loss. Rocco Grimaldi and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for the Predators. Goalie Juuse Saros got the win, finishing with 26 saves.

      The loss dropped the Capitals into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie scored for Washington.

      Sharks 5, Penguins 2

      Tomas Hertl notched a hat trick as sizzling San Jose outplayed visiting Pittsburgh for its seventh consecutive win.

      Marcus Sorenson and Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, Evander Kane recorded three assists, and Brenden Dillon had two assists. Goaltender Martin Jones stopped 22 of 24 Penguins shots to win his eighth straight start.

      Kris Letang scored on a strong individual effort and Derick Brassard scored late for Pittsburgh. Penguins goalie Matt Murray made 24 saves and had his nine-start winning streak halted.

      Rangers 6, Hurricanes 2

      Mika Zibanejad scored twice in the first period, added two assists and tied a career high with four points as New York extended its home winning streak over Carolina to 16 games.

      Zibanejad recorded his 10th career two-goal game and second of the season by scoring twice in a span of 1:41 in the first period to put New York ahead 3-1 after 20 minutes.

      Pavel Buchnevich and Tony DeAngelo also had two goals apiece for the Rangers. Saku Maenalanen scored twice for the Hurricanes.

      Blue Jackets 4, Devils 1

      Columbus continued its recent dominance against the Metropolitan Division, defeating visiting New Jersey.

      The Blue Jackets' top line of Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin each contributed a goal and an assist as Columbus improved to 11-3-0 in its last 14 games, a hot streak that has been buoyed by success against division rivals. The Blue Jackets have won seven of their past eight games against Metropolitan Division opponents.

      Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus. New Jersey got a goal from Blake Coleman.

      Wild 3, Kings 2 (SO)

      Jason Zucker scored a shootout goal, and Minnesota ended a two-game losing streak with a victory that completed a season sweep of Los Angeles in Saint Paul, Minn.

      The Kings missed all three of their shots in the shootout, with Wild goaltender Alex Stalock saving two of them, while Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar hit the post on his attempt. Stalock sealed the victory with a save on a Dustin Brown wrist shot.

      Eric Staal and Nino Niederreiter scored in regulation for the Wild, who had lost three of their previous four games. The Kings got regulation goals from Ilya Kovalchuk and Jeff Carter.

      Lightning 2, Stars 0

      Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev provided all the offense, and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was perfect between the pipes as visiting Tampa Bay defeated Dallas.

      Vasilevskiy made 35 saves -- including 13 in each of the first two periods -- to backstop the NHL-leading Lightning to a fourth win in five games. It was his third shutout of the season and the 15th of his career.

      The Stars, who got 19 saves from Anton Khudobin lost their third game in a row.

      Red Wings 3, Ducks 1

      Gustav Nyquist and Darren Helm scored late in the third period as host Detroit defeated slumping Anaheim.

      Danny DeKeyser assisted on the last two goals for Detroit. Anthony Mantha scored the other goal for the Red Wings, who trailed 1-0 entering the final period. Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.

      Rickard Rakell scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who have lost a club record 12 straight to fall to the .500 mark. John Gibson made 22 saves for Anaheim, which is 0-8-4 during the slide.

      Jets 4, Golden Knights 1

      Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist, and Laurent Brossoit made 43 saves to lead Winnipeg to a victory over visiting Vegas.

      Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist, Blake Wheeler finished with two assists, and Mathieu Perreault also scored a goal for Winnipeg, which won for the fifth time in six games while improving to 18-6-2 at home. It was the seventh straight victory for Brossoit, who improved to 10-1-1 this season.

      Brandon Pirri scored for the Golden Knights. It was the first meeting between the two teams since Vegas clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 victory over the host Jets on May 20 in Game 5 of the Western Conference final.

      --Field Level Media