NHL roundup: Stamkos, Lightning reach milestones
Nikita Kucherov had two goals and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the host Detroit Red Wings for the 15th consecutive time, 5-4, on Thursday.
Tampa Bay won its third straight while Detroit lost for the 12th time in 13
games (1-9-3). The Lightning matched their franchise record of 54 wins set
Steven Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier's franchise record of 383 goals during
the second period, and he also had an assist. Brayden Point supplied a goal
and two assists, and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei
Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.
Darren Helm scored his 100th career goal during a short-handed situation for
Detroit. Justin Abdelkader tallied his first goal in 41 games. Madison Bowey
and Michael Rasmussen also scored, and Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots.
Stars 4, Wild 1
Ben Bishop set a franchise-record shutout streak before exiting with an
injury, and Dallas scored three goals in the second period in a victory over
Minnesota at Saint Paul, Minn.
Radek Faksa and rookies Roope Hintz and Joel L'Esperance scored in a 2:22 span
for the Stars, who have won six of their last seven games overall to pull even
in points with St. Louis (79) for third place in the Central Division.
Alexander Radulov sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.
Anton Khudobin turned aside 14 shots in relief of Bishop, who extended his
shutout streak to a career-best 230:53 before leaving with a lower-body
injury. The 32-year-old Bishop, who finished with seven saves, eclipsed the
previous franchise mark of 219:26 set by Ed Belfour in November 2000.
Penguins 5, Sabres 0
Casey DeSmith made 26 saves, and Phil Kessel, Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel
each had a goal and an assist to pace visiting Pittsburgh past Buffalo for its
third straight win.
It was the fourth career shutout and third of the season for DeSmith, who had
not started since Feb. 21. Brian Dumoulin and Patric Hornqvist also scored for
the Penguins, and Sidney Crosby had two assists to give him 31 points in the
past 17 games.
Carter Hutton made 23 saves for Buffalo, which was shut out for the third
straight game and has lost six in row.
Jets 4, Bruins 3
A third-period goal from Nikolaj Ehlers ended up being the deciding score as
Winnipeg edged visiting Boston.
Some strong forechecking from the Jets led to a Boston turnover, with Ehlers
pouncing on the loose puck for his 18th goal of the season at 13:02 of the
third period. Ehlers' score ended up being a critical one as Charlie Coyle
tipped in a Zdeno Chara point shot at 17:04 of the final frame to pull Boston
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Winnipeg and allowed the
first-place Jets to maintain their lead over Nashville atop the Central
Division. The Bruins have lost their last three games in regulation, following
a stretch that saw them record points over 19 consecutive games (15-0-4).
Capitals 5, Flyers 2
Brett Connolly scored two goals and added an assist to lead visiting
Washington past Philadelphia.
Lars Eller, Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each scored a goal while Braden
Holtby stopped 22 shots. Kuznetsov also had an assist for the Capitals, who
have won eight of nine.
James van Riemsdyk and Scott Laughton scored for the Flyers. Carter Hart
played for the first time in three weeks and gave up all four goals while
making 27 saves.
Senators 2, Blues 0
Anders Nilsson made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season as lowly
host Ottawa beat struggling St. Louis. Chris Tierney and Christian Wolanin had
Nilsson made several key saves to help his team earn just its second win in
the last 13 games. Ottawa, which has an NHL-low 54 points and has already been
eliminated from the playoff race, snapped a five-game home losing streak and a
four-game slide to St. Louis.
The result could prove costly for the playoff-hopeful Blues, who have totaled
three goals during an 0-2-1 stretch that's come without injured goal leader
Vladimir Tarasenko. St. Louis had its chances in the third, particularly from
Ryan O'Reilly and Robert Thomas, but was stopped on point-blank saves by
Islanders 2, Canadiens 1
Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:57 left in the third period as
New York edged visiting Montreal.
Adam Pelech scored in the second period for the Islanders, who won for the
fourth time in five games to remain two points behind the first-place
Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. Thomas Greiss made 33 saves.
Jordie Benn scored in the second period for the Canadiens, who lost for the
fourth time in six games and missed a chance to move ahead of the idle
Columbus Blue Jackets in the race for the second and final wild-card spot in
the Eastern Conference. Carey Price made 36 saves.
--Field Level Media