Matt Murray made 34 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs took advantage of three disallowed New Jersey goals to hold on for a 2-1 victory over the Devils, whose 13-game winning streak, which tied a team high, ended Wednesday night in Newark, NJ
John Tavares and rookie Pontus Holmberg scored in a 2:22 window of the first period as the Maple Leafs handed New Jersey its first loss since October 24.
Goals from Nathan Bastian, Damon Severson and Erik Haula were disallowed as the Devils failed to break the team’s 2000–01 record. Dougie Hamilton scored late in the third period for New Jersey, which fell to 9-1-0 against Canadian teams this year.
Haula’s disallowed goal—the Devils’ third of the game—caused a brief delay with 11:07 remaining. After the umpires watched play and determined that there was no goal because Haula made an obvious kicking motion when he hit the puck, fans began throwing beer and other objects on the ice, and the Maple Leafs briefly went to their locker room. Haula tried to defuse the situation by urging fans to stop throwing things.
Capitals 3, Flyers 2 (OT)
Alex Ovechkin scored at 1:04 of overtime to extend his NHL record and Washington broke a four-game losing streak with a victory over a visit to Philadelphia.
Ovechkin, who had fired a shot at the post 15 seconds earlier, fired a one-timer from the left circle on a Dylan Strome pass for his 10th goal of the season and 790th of his career. It also stretched his NHL record total for overtime goals to 25.
Sonny Milano and Marcus Johansson also scored goals and TJ Oshie, who returned after missing 11 games with a lower body injury, added two assists for the Capitals. Ovechkin finished with two points and Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves.
Panthers 5, Bruins 2
Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad each posted one goal and two assists as Florida snapped Boston’s seven-game winning streak in Sunrise, Fla.
The Panthers also got a goal and an assist each from Sam Reinhart and Matthew Tkachuk plus a goal from Anton Lundell. Spencer Knight made 37 saves to improve his record to 6-3-1.
Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak scored and Bruins goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman made 26 saves.
Stars 6, Blackhawks 4
Radek Faksa scored the go-ahead goal with 1:33 left as Dallas scored five goals in the 9:45 final to recover from a three-goal deficit for a victory over visiting Chicago.
Jamie Benn, Mason Marchment, Ty Dellandrea, Faksa and Jason Robertson (empty-netter) found the net for the Stars in the final period. Jake Oettinger made 27 saves for the win.
Max Domi had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who lost their fifth straight game. Seth Jones, Connor Murphy and Andreas Athanasiou also scored, and Petr Mrazek turned 33 shots away.
Kraken 8, Sharks 5
Oliver Bjorkstrand broke a tie in the third period with his first goal since the opening night of the season, helping Seattle overcome Timo Meier’s hat-trick and beat visiting San Jose.
The Kraken set a single-game franchise record for goals scored. Jaden Schwartz scored twice, Andre Burakovsky and Matty Beniers each had a goal and two assists, and Vince Dunn had one each for the Kraken. Ryan Donato and Jamie Oleksiak also scored, and Martin Jones made 21 saves.
Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Alexander Barabanov also scored and Tomas Hertl had two assists for the Sharks, who lost for the third time in four games. Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 19 of 26 shots.
Penguins 2, Flames 1 (SO)
Evgeni Malkin scored the decisive goal in a shootout to lead Pittsburgh past Calgary for its fourth win in a row.
Jan Rutta scored in regulation for the Penguins, who are 6-1-1 in their last eight games. Tristan Jarry made 33 saves through regulation and overtime to pick up his 100th career win (100-50-15).
Dillon Dube scored for the Flames, who had won two in a row. Dan Vladar stopped 38 shots.
Wild 6, Jets 1
Matt Boldy had a goal and two assists to lead Minnesota to a dominant victory over Winnipeg in Saint Paul, Minn.
Marcus Foligno had two goals and Kirill Kaprizov and Calen Addison each had a goal and an assist for the Wild, who won two in a row. Mason Shaw also scored, and Joel Eriksson Ek and Matt Dumba each had two assists. Filip Gustavsson stopped 28 shots for the win.
Kyle Connor scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves for the Jets, who suffered their biggest loss this season.
Coyotes 4, hurricanes 0
Lawson Crouse scored twice, Karel Vejmelka recorded his second shutout of the season and Arizona defeated Carolina in Raleigh, NC
Vejmelka stopped all 36 of the Hurricanes’ shots en route to his third career shutout in his 61st NHL start. The Coyotes, winning for the first time in their last five appearances (1-3-1), supported the Czech goalkeeper by blocking 30 shots.
Nick Schmaltz scored his first goal of the season on Arizona’s lone shot in the first period, and Nick Bjugstad added a marker. Shayne Gostisbehere and Dylan Guenther each had two assists as the Coyotes won for the fourth time in their past 16 matchups with Carolina.
Canadiens 3, blue jackets 1
Defenders Arber Xhekaj and David Savard scored the tying and lead goals respectively 57 seconds apart as Montreal snapped a six-game losing streak to host Columbus.
After two periods of goalless hockey, Columbus took advantage of a turnover in Montreal’s own zone to take a 1–0 lead, just 1:08 into the final period. A lazy pass from Montreal’s Mike Matheson, from behind his own net, landed on the stick of Mathieu Olivier, who beat the late reacting Sam Montembeault (30 saves).
Just 90 seconds after Columbus went ahead, Xhekaj threw a wrist ball past screened Blue Jackets netminder Joonas Korpisalo (26 saves). Then Montreal’s Kirby Dach centered the puck in front of the net, which went in through Savard’s toe and past Korpisalo to give the Canadiens the lead.
Sabers 6, Blues 2
Jeff Skinner and Jack Quinn each scored two goals as hosts Buffalo ended St. Louis’ seven-game winning streak.
Dylan Cozens and Victor Olofsson also scored for the Sabres, who won their second game in a row after an eight-game losing streak. Alex Tuch had two assists for Buffalo and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 34 saves.
Pavel Buchnevich and Brayden Schenn scored and Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for the Blues.
Red Wings 3, Predators 0
Ville Husso made 26 saves to record his third shutout of the season and lead Detroit to a home win over Nashville.
Dylan Larkin, Filip Hronek and Michael Rasmussen each scored a goal for the Red Wings, who won their third game in a row. All three of Husso’s shutouts this season came on home ice.
Kevin Lankinen also made 26 saves for the Predators, who have lost two of three (1-1-1) on three straight wins.
Islanders 3, Oilers 0
Ilya Sorokin stopped all 49 shots he faced and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a low-handed goal and a power play goal within just over two minutes into the second period as New York blanked out Edmonton in Elmont, NY
The 49 saves were a career record for Sorokin and the most by an Islanders goaltender in a shutout since Jaroslav Halak stopped 50 shots in a 3–0 victory over the New York Rangers on February 15, 2018. The shutout was the 12th of Sorokin’s three-year career.
Sebastian Aho later scored in the second inning for the Islanders, who killed five penalties. Goaltender Jack Campbell made 28 saves for the Oilers, losing two straight and seven of ten (3-7-0).
Ducks 3, Rangers 2
Dmitry Kulikov and Troy Terry scored in the second period and host Anaheim managed to beat New York to become the last team in the NHL this season with a regulation win.
Mason McTavish also scored for the Ducks, who came in with five wins, all in overtime or in a shootout, in 19 games. Anaheim avoided matching the 2017-18 Arizona Coyotes for the most games to start a season without a win in three bouts, 20 in a row. John Gibson made 41 saves as the Ducks ended a three-game losing streak.
Barclay Goodrow and Braden Schneider scored goals for the Rangers, who could not match their longest winning streak of the season after three games. New York came in with three wins in the last four games and had a four game point streak (3-0-1).
Golden Knights 4, Senators 1
Logan Thompson made 39 saves for his 11th win of the season to lead Vegas past Ottawa in Las Vegas. Thompson trails only Linus Ullmark of the Boston Bruins, who has 13 wins this season.
Jack Eichel contributed a goal and an assist and Mark Stone, William Carrier and William Karlsson also scored for Vegas, which won its eighth consecutive game against the Senators. Alex Pietrangelo, who played in his 900th NHL game, added an assist.
Jake Sanderson scored his first NHL goal for Ottawa, which suffered its third consecutive loss, falling for 11th in the past 13 games (2-10-1). Cam Talbot stopped 32 of 35 shots as he fell to 1-5-0 this season.
Canucks 4, Avalanches 3
Ethan Bear and Sheldon Dries each had a goal and assist, Ilya Mikheyev and Bo Horvat also scored, and Vancouver defeated Colorado in Denver.
Spencer Martin turned away 33 shots and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists for the Canucks, who trailed 3–2 after two periods before winning for the third time in four games.
Mikko Rantanen had two goals, Cale Makar also scored, JT Compher and Artturi Lehkonen each had two assists and Pavel Francouz made 21 saves for the Avalanche. Colorado had won seven of the previous eight games.