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  • Oilers fire McLellan, name Hitchcock head coach
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Native son Ken Hitchcock was named head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, replacing Todd McLellan, who was informed Tuesday that he was fired.

    • Hitchcock, 66, is third all-time in the NHL in wins and has eight division titles on his resume, including the 1999 Stanley Cup with Dallas.

      McLellan was 123-119-24 as Oilers head coach. The Oilers have lost six of their past seven games.

      Hitchcock coached in Dallas in 2017-18 but announced his retirement in April. He has been on the bench for the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Bruins D Bergeron to miss 'significant time'
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is expected to miss several weeks with an upper-body injury, per multiple reports.

    • TSN reported Bergeron had a shoulder injury, but conflicting reports emerged to indicate Bergeron injured his ribs.

      Injuries are the story of the early part of the season for the Bruins, who are expected to be without captain Zdeno Chara until around Christmas.

      Bergeron, 33, was injured Friday night in Dallas when he went shoulder-first into the boards. Bergeron's 26 points through 19 games lead the team.

      Chara injured his knee last week and could miss up to six weeks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blues coach fire Yeo
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    A second consecutive shutout defeat by the St. Louis Blues marked the end for head coach Mike Yeo.

    • The Blues fired Yeo late Monday night, shortly after losing 2-0 to the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Two days earlier, St. Louis lost 4-0 to the Sharks in San Jose.

      Assistant coach Craig Berube will take over Yeo's role on an interim basis, the team announced.

      The Blues are 7-9-3 on the season, in last place in the Central Division, having dropped four of the past five games. their point total is the second lowest in the NHL.

      Following the defeat to the Kings, Yeo said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "It's frustrating. It's maddening because we can't seem to put it all together at the same time right now. We do the odd game now and in the beginning of the year, we were scoring goals. The defensive game wasn't there and we've cleaned up the defensive game and now we're not scoring goals. Now we've got to put it all together.

      "It's frustrating, it's disappointing, losing this game at home. We wanted to bounce back after last game. Parity aside, you want to win every game. It sucks when you lose. That's for sure. It's disappointing not to get this one tonight."

      Yeo, 45, produced a 73-49-11 as the Blues' head coach, having taken over for Ken Hitchcock at midseason in 2016-17. Including five previous seasons as the Minnesota Wild's head coach, Yeo has a 481-247-180 overall regular-season record. He has an 11-17 mark in the postseason, including 6-5 with the Blues, all after his first season in charge.

      He never played in the NHL.

      Berube, 52, had a 17-year NHL playing career, spending time with the Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. He served as the Flyers' head coach in 2013-14 and 2014-15, going 75-58-28 in the regular season and 3-4 in the playoffs.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Trocheck stretchered off in Panthers' loss
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    The Florida Panthers sustained a potentially devastating injury to 2017 All-Star center Vincent Trocheck but still prevailed 7-5 over the host Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

    • Trocheck, who suffered an apparent knee injury, was taken off the ice by stretcher with 1:47 left in the second period. He was hurt when he was crunched into the boards by Ottawa's Ryan Dzingel. "It doesn't look good to me," Florida coach Bobby Boughner said postgame, according to NHL.com. "It looks long term, and there's no way to sugarcoat it."

      Florida got goals from Troy Brouwer, Aleksander Barkov, Jared McCann, Evgenii Dadonov, Micheal Haley, Frank Vatrano and Mike Hoffman. Hoffman extended his Panthers franchise-record points streak to 16 games, which is the longest active run in the NHL.

      Matt Duchene led Ottawa with two goals and one assist. Drake Batherson, Zack Smith and Brady Tkachuk had Ottawa's other goals.

      Kings 2, Blues 0

      Cal Petersen made 29 saves for his first career shutout in his third NHL start, all in the past four days, to lead visiting Los Angeles to a win at St. Louis.

      The Blues were shut out for the second straight game and lost for the fourth time in five games, and afterward they fired coach Mike Yeo. Assistant coach Craig Berube will fill Yeo's role on an interim basis.

      Matt Luff scored his first NHL goal in the second period and Anze Kopitar scored into an empty-net with 29.5 seconds left to secure the win. Jake Allen made 25 saves for St. Louis.

      Capitals 5, Canadiens 4 (OT)

      Lars Eller scored with 1:26 left in overtime to give Washington a come-from-behind victory at Montreal.

      Montreal had won two in a row and held a 4-2 lead just 1:35 into the second period before Washington pulled rookie goalie Pheonix Copley in favor of Braden Holtby. The 29-year-old veteran shut out the Canadiens the rest of the way, stopping all 22 shots he faced.

      Alex Ovechkin scored twice for Washington, which also got goals from Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom. Mike Reilly, Brendan Gallagher, Jeff Petry and Kenny Agostino scored for Montreal, which led 4-2 in the second period.

      Jets 6, Canucks 3

      Patrik Laine scored three goals as Winnipeg won at Vancouver.

      Laine gave the Jets an insurmountable 4-1 lead midway through the second period with his first goal of the night. The flashy Finn added two third-period goals, the final one an empty-netter, as the Jets posted their fourth win in five games. The injury-riddled Canucks lost their sixth consecutive game.

      Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck produced 22 saves on 25 shots, while Vancouver counterpart Jacob Markstrom stopped 43 of 48.

      Sabres 5, Penguins 4 (OT)

      Jack Eichel scored 45 seconds into overtime as Buffalo erased a three-goal deficit to win its sixth consecutive game, beating host Pittsburgh. Eichel, who also had an assist, launched a shot from the right dot that caromed in off the arm of Pittsburgh goaltender Casey DeSmith.

      Zach Bogosian also had a goal and an assist, and Tage Thompson, Casey Nelson and Casey Mittelstadt scored for the Sabres, who picked up their fifth win when trailing after two periods.

      Tanner Pearson had a goal and an assist, and Derick Brassard, Phil Kessel, and Jake Guentzel scored for the Penguins, who blew a 4-1 second-period lead and fell to 1-7-2 in their past 10 games.

      Rangers 2, Stars 1

      Rookie Filip Chytil scored for the fourth consecutive game, netting the tiebreaking goal early in the third period as New York ran its home winning streak to six games with a victory over Dallas.

      Chytil gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with 15:28 remaining. The 19-year-old became the first teenager to score in four straight games in team history while helping New York improve to 8-1-1 in its last 10 games.

      Jimmy Vesey scored the tying goal for the Rangers, who own the NHL's longest home winning streak this season. Tyler Seguin tallied for the Stars, who dropped to 1-3-0 in their past four road games and mustered a season-low 17 shots.

      Predators 3, Lightning 2

      Ryan Johansen scored what proved to be the game-winning goal and also had an assist, and Pekka Rinne made 29 saves to lead host Nashville past Tampa Bay.

      Kyle Turris and Filip Forsberg also scored goals for Western Conference-leading Nashville. Mattias Ekholm added two assists. Rinne improved to 9-0-1 in his career against the Lightning.

      Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov scored goals and Brayden Point added a pair of assists for the Lightning, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Louis Domingue stopped 31 shots.

      Flames 7, Golden Knights 2

      Matthew Tkachuk collected two goals and two assists, and Johnny Gaudreau had a career-high-tying four-point game as host Calgary rode a five-goal first period to a thrashing of Vegas.

      Flames goalie David Rittich made 20 saves to collect his seventh victory in eight decisions. This win may have been the easiest for Rittich, as his team potted five goals in a first period for the first time since March 11, 1993, versus the Detroit Red Wings.

      Sean Monahan scored twice for Calgary, which also got goals from Gaudreau, TJ Brodie and Sam Bennett. Nick Holden and Max Pacioretty got on the board for the Golden Knights after they fell behind 7-0.

      Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jackets 2

      Zach Hyman scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period and added another into an empty net as Toronto came back to defeat visiting Columbus.

      It was the fourth win in a row for the Maple Leafs, who fell behind 2-0 in the first period. The Blue Jackets had won their three previous games.

      Tyler Ennis and Tavares also scored for Toronto. Mitch Marner and Ron Hainsey each added two assists. Cam Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois each scored a goal and added an assist for Columbus.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Avs beat OT buzzer and Ducks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Gabriel Landeskog scored the tying goal in the third period, and Mikko Rantanen delivered the game-winner with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime Sunday to give the visiting Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

    • The Avalanche had a three-on-two advantage over the final 15 seconds after the Ducks' Pontus Aberg was called for slashing. Rantanen's slap shot from the slot got past Ducks goalie Ryan Miller just before a shootout was needed.

      The Ducks stayed competitive all game despite playing four rookie defensemen for the first time since 1994-95. Andy Welinski, Marcus Pettersson, Josh Mahura and Jacob Larsson all saw action. Mahura was making his NHL debut.

      Miller made 38 saves while the Avalanche's Philipp Grubauer stopped 30 shots.

      Stars 6, Islanders 2

      Dallas scored four unanswered goals in the second period and cruised over host New York as goalie Ben Bishop made 37 saves.

      Esa Lindell scored twice in the second period and Alexander Radulov scored twice in the third for the Stars, who have won two straight following a two-game losing streak. Radulov's second goal was the 100th of his career. Roope Hintz and Tyler Seguin also scored for Dallas, with Hintz collecting his first NHL tally.

      Anthony Beauvillier and Scott Mayfield scored for the Islanders, who had their two-game winning streak snapped and have lost four of six (2-3-1). Starter Thomas Greiss was pulled after giving up three goals on 19 shots. Robin Lehner stopped 11 of 14 shots in relief.

      Hurricanes 2, Devils 1

      Justin Williams and Micheal Ferland scored in the opening 30 seconds, and Carolina defeated New Jersey in Raleigh, N.C.

      Williams notched a goal 22 seconds into the game, and Ferland's goal came at the 30-second mark as the Hurricanes erased some of the misery from a night earlier, when they had one of their worst performances of the season in a 4-1 home loss to Columbus.

      Pavel Zacha scored for the Devils at 6:33 of the first period, as the game's final 53 minutes were scoreless.

      Blackhawks 3, Wild 1

      Host Chicago got first-period goals from Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad, then used an empty-netter by Dominik Kahun in the final minute to thwart a late challenge by Minnesota.

      Corey Crawford made 39 saves, helping Chicago win for just the second time in its past 11 games. The defeat was Minnesota's second in two days. The Wild were coming off a 3-2 home loss to Buffalo.

      Toews opened the scoring by beating Wild goalie Alex Stalock on the power play, notching his 10th goal of the year. Saad made it 2-0 nine minutes later, scoring his sixth of the season at 17:29. Minnesota's only goal also came on a power play, with Zach Parise netting his ninth of the season at the 7:56 mark of the second period.

      Knights 6, Oilers 3

      Jonathan Marchessault scored twice in a three-point game, and Reilly Smith netted one goal and two assists as Vegas rolled past host Edmonton. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in a much-needed win for a Vegas team that went into the day's action sitting 30th in the 31-team league.

      It was a second blown-lead loss in as many nights for the Oilers, who have dropped six of seven games. Edmonton's Connor McDavid opened the scoring just 52 seconds into the affair when he deflected Matt Benning's point shot to net his 99th career NHL goal.

      The Golden Knights took over the game with a three-goal second period. After Max Pacioretty put the Golden Knights ahead for good at 3:53 with a lucky tally -- on his crossing pass, the puck ricocheted off Benning's skate and into the cage -- Marchessault scored his first of the night on a power play 40 seconds later.

      --Field Level Media

  • Injured Matthews returns to practice for Maple Leafs
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews took part in his first full practice Sunday since injuring his left shoulder in late October.

    • Matthews has missed Toronto's past nine games because of the injury, which he sustained when he was hit by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba. He wore a red non-contact jersey during practice and said it was too soon to predict his return to the lineup.

      "I don't know, honestly," Matthews said in comments published by NHL.com. "Kind of just taking it day by day. It feels a lot better. I think it's progressed quite well. It's still not all there, but hopefully it continues to progress, and I can get out there as soon as possible."

      The 21-year-old Matthews has 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in 11 games this season. He has averaged nearly a point per game and earned a pair of selections to the All-Star Game since entering the NHL as the No. 1 overall pick in 2016.

      Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said Matthews needed to readjust to game speed before returning.

      "He's got to work and get back in shape," Babcock told reporters. "He's been able to skate the whole time, but until he's every day in here, I don't know when he's returning."

      Toronto has posted a 6-3-0 record during Matthews' absence.

      "I'm going to come back when I feel ready," Matthews said. "It's great to see us getting a lot of wins, though."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Lightning blow 4-goal lead, beat Flyers in OT
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    After Tampa Bay blew a four-goal lead in the third period, Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime to give the Lightning a 6-5 road victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon.

    • Cirelli battled for the puck behind the net and fired in his fourth goal at the 1:47 mark for the win after Tampa Bay initially wasted a 5-1 lead.

      Brayden Point scored twice, Adam Erne had a goal and two assists and Nikita Kucherov had two helpers. Cedric Paquette and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning, who won their second straight game. Louis Domingue made his third straight start in goal and had 40 saves.

      James van Riemsdyk scored his first goal and had two assists, and Travis Konecny scored twice for the Flyers. Sean Couturier also scored, and Wayne Simmonds tied the game 5-5 with 3:32 left in the third period.

      Sabres 3, Wild 2

      Jason Pominville kept Buffalo's winning streak alive in dramatic fashion, scoring with just 90 seconds remaining for a comeback win at Minnesota.

      The Sabres have won five straight games, their longest winning streak since March 2012. Pominville, Jake McCabe and Rasmus Dahlin each had a goal and an assist for Buffalo.

      After missing the Wild's last game due to illness, Zach Parise marked his return to the lineup by scoring four minutes into the first period. The goal was the 341st of Parise's career, giving him the most goals of any Minnesota-born player in NHL history.

      Senators 6, Penguins 4

      Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist, and Mark Stone scored twice as host Ottawa topped reeling Pittsburgh.

      Brady Tkachuk and Cody Ceci also scored for Ottawa, which won for the third time in four games. Craig Anderson stopped 31 of 35 Penguins shots.

      Kris Letang, Zach Aston-Reese, Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist scored for Pittsburgh, which is 1-7-1 in its past nine games. The Penguins' Matt Murray gave up three goals on 10 shots before he was replaced by Casey DeSmith, the third time Murray has been pulled in his past six starts.

      Blue Jackets 4, Hurricanes 1

      Cam Atkinson produced a hat trick slightly more than midway through the game as Columbus defeated host Carolina.

      Atkinson's third goal came on a power play with 8:40 remaining in the second period. Atkinson, who also provided an assist, has 12 goals this season. The Blue Jackets have compiled a seven-game points streak (5-0-2).

      Sebastian Aho scored for the second game in a row for the Hurricanes, who are 2-5-2 across their last nine games. Before that, Aho had gone 12 straight games without a goal.

      Rangers 4, Panthers 2

      Vladislav Namestnikov scored the go-ahead goal early in the second period for host New York, which ended the game with three unanswered goals in beating Florida.

      Filip Chytil, Brendan Smith and Chris Kreider also scored for the Rangers, who have won three of four and gathered at least one point in eight of their last nine games (7-1-1). Mike Hoffman and Aaron Ekblad scored in the first period for the Panthers, who have lost two straight following a five-game winning streak.

      Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves in earning the 438th win of his career, which vaulted him into sole possession of seventh place on the NHL's all-time list. Lundqvist, who entered the night tied with Jacques Plante, is seven wins away from tying Terry Sawchuk for sixth place.

      Predators 5, Kings 3

      Calle Jarnkrok delivered his first career hat trick, and Ryan Ellis had two assists as Nashville rallied in the third period to win over visiting Los Angeles.

      The Predators, who lead the Western Conference, trailed in the third period to the last-place Kings, who were on the second night of their first back-to-back games of the season.

      Jarnkrok's three goals doubled his season total to six, and he took over late, scoring a power-play goal at 5:44 of the final period before delivering a shorthanded goal at the 11:54 mark to give Nashville the lead for good.

      Red Wings 3, Devils 2 (OT)

      Dylan Larkin scored with 51 seconds remaining in overtime, and Detroit rallied from a two-goal deficit to down host New Jersey.

      Larkin won a faceoff in his own zone, then scored from the right circle on a 2-on-1 situation off a pass from Anthony Mantha. Luke Glendening and rookie Michael Rasmussen scored the regulation goals for the Wings, who have won five of their last six. Jonathan Bernier made 38 saves.

      Pavel Zacha scored his first goal this season for the Devils. Blake Coleman had the other New Jersey goal while Keith Kinkaid made 27 saves.

      Bruins 2, Coyotes 1

      A pair of early first-period goals by Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson and Jake DeBrusk held up thanks to a 32-save performance by goalie Jaroslav Halak as Boston topped host Arizona.

      It did not matter that the Bruins were without a couple of key players in Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara. They continue to dominate the Coyotes, having won 13 consecutive meetings. The Coyotes last beat the Bruins on Oct. 9, 2010.

      Forsbacka Karlsson, one of Boston's rookies, stunned the home crowd when he opened the scoring just 72 seconds into the affair with his first NHL goal. Brad Richardson scored his sixth goal of the season for Arizona, which leads the team. The Coyotes have won just two of their last seven games (2-4-1).

      Canadiens 3, Canucks 2

      Jonathan Drouin's seventh goal of the season led visiting Montreal to a win over Vancouver.

      Drouin paced the Canadiens' attack with a goal and assist. Carey Price started in goal for Montreal and stopped 36 of 38 shots.

      Jacob Markstrom, who was in Vancouver's net, made 28 saves on 31 shots in defeat. The result extended a five-game winless streak for Vancouver (0-4-1), which entered the game with a 5-2-0 record on home ice. This was its first home game, following a subpar 1-3-2 road trip.

      Flames 4, Oilers 2

      Elias Lindholm scored twice in the third period, and David Rittich made 24 saves as Calgary completed yet another comeback to defeat visiting Edmonton.

      Alex Chiasson and Connor McDavid each scored for the Oilers before the Flames' latest rally began. Derek Ryan put Calgary on the board with a power-play goal at 16:23 of the second period, and Sean Monahan tied the game at 2:40 of the third period.

      Lindholm then tallied twice to complete the comeback, including an empty-netter for his team's league-best 32nd third-period goal of the season. Edmonton's Mikko Koskinen stopped 33 shots in defeat.

      Sharks 4, Blues 0

      Joe Pavelski scored two goals, and Aaron Dell stopped 30 shots for his first shutout of the season to lead San Jose to victory over visiting St. Louis.

      Erik Karlsson and Evander Kane each had a goal and an assist, Logan Couture finished with three assists and Timo Meier added two assists for San Jose.

      It was the fourth career shutout for Dell as the Sharks won for the third time in the last four games. Chad Johnson, who blanked San Jose 4-0 on Nov. 9 in St. Louis, had 25 saves for the Blues.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Bruins lose Chara (knee) for 4-6 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks with a left knee injury, according to multiple reports on Saturday.

    • The Athletic first reported the length of absence for the veteran defenseman. Chara suffered the injury during Wednesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

      The 41-year-old Chara has four points (three goals, one assist) in 18 games this season.

      Chara is two goals away from reaching 200 for his career. He is in his 13th season with Boston after beginning his NHL tenure with the New York Islanders (1998-2001) and Ottawa Senators (2001-06).

      --Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm suffered an apparent arm injury during the team's victory over the New Jersey Devils.

      The Red Wings termed it an upper-body injury and said he will be re-evaluated Monday. Detroit coach Jeff Blashill expects Helm is facing a prolonged absence.

      Helm was injured after falling awkwardly along the boards in the first period. He grabbed his left arm and exited the game in obvious pain. Helm, 31, has six points (one goal, five assists) in 19 games this season.

      --Center Derick Brassard was activated from injured reserve ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins' game against the Ottawa Senators, playing his first game since Oct. 25.

      Brassard, 31, has missed the last nine games since suffering a lower-body injury against the Calgary Flames. The Penguins acquired Brassard from the Senators as part of a three-team deal with the Vegas Golden Knights in February.

      The Penguins entered Saturday in next-to-last place in the Eastern Conference at 7-7-3, going 2-6-1 without Brassard in the lineup. The Penguins re-assigned forward Garrett Wilson to the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to make room for Brassard.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Wings C Helm injured in win over Devils
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm suffered an apparent arm injury during Saturday's victory over the New Jersey Devils.

    • The Red Wings termed it an upper-body injury and said he will be re-evaluated Monday.

      Detroit coach Jeff Blashill expects Helm is facing a prolonged absence.

      "He'll be out for some time," Blashill told reporters after the 3-2 overtime triumph. "I don't have a time period, I'll know more Monday, but he'll be out for some time."

      Helm was injured after falling awkwardly along the boards in the first period. He grabbed his left arm and exited the game in obvious pain.

      Helm has six points (one goal, five assists) in 19 games this season.

      The 31-year-old Helm is in his 12th season with the Red Wings. He has 216 career points (94 goals, 122 assists) in 587 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bruins lose Chara (knee) for 4 to 6 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks with a left knee injury, according to multiple reports on Saturday.

    • The Athletic first reported the length of absence for the veteran defenseman.

      Chara suffered the injury during Wednesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

      The 41-year-old Chara has four points (three goals, one assist) in 18 games this season.

      Chara is two goals away from reaching 200 for his career. He is in his 13th season with Boston after beginning his NHL tenure with the New York Islanders (1998-2001) and also spending time with the Ottawa Senators (2001-06).

      --Field Level Media

  • Brassard activated, could rejoin Penguins vs. Senators
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Center Derick Brassard returned to practice on Friday and was activated from injured reserve on Saturday ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins game against the Ottawa Senators.

    • Brassard joined his teammates for the full-contact practice session, but remains a game-time decision at Ottawa.

      The Penguins re-assigned forward Garrett Wilson to the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to make room for Brassard.

      The Penguins acquired Brassard from the Senators as part of a three-team deal with the Vegas Golden Knights in February.

      Brassard, 31, has missed the last nine games since suffering a lower-body injury on Oct. 25 against the Calgary Flames.

      The Penguins, currently in next-to-last place in the Eastern Conference at 7-7-3, have gone 2-6-1 without Brassard in the lineup.

      The losses have him itching to return.

      "If you're winning, I think it makes it a lot easier for when you're out," Brassard said, per NHL.com. "You just want to be out there and try to help out. ... Guys battle hard and I think we're really close. We probably had like two bad games in that bad stretch. I think a little bit of adversity for this team, it's not going to be bad."

      Brassard's return could be coming just in time for the Penguins.

      Star center Sidney Crosby missed Thursday's loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning and also is listed as day-to-day.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Dickinson, Stars drop Bruins in OT
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Jason Dickinson pushed the rebound of a shot by Mattias Janmark past Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask 1:34 into overtime to score the only goal of the game and lift the Dallas Stars past the visiting Bruins 1-0 on Friday.

    • Dickinson and Janmark skated into the offensive zone on a two-on-one break before Janmark unleashed a slapshot that Rask pushed aside and behind the net. Janmark skated after the loose puck and centered it off Rask to the waiting Dickinson, who found a hole under Rask for the game winner.

      Dallas goalie Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots to earn his second shutout of the season and the 26th of his NHL career.

      The Stars are 2-2-2 in their past six matches after going 5-1-0 in their previous six games. The win allowed Dallas to split the season series after the Bruins beat the Stars 2-1 in overtime in Boston on Nov. 5.

      Kings 2, Blackhawks 1 (SO)

      Anze Kopitar scored the deciding goal in a shootout as Los Angeles ended a three-game losing streak by beating host Chicago in a battle of recent Stanley Cup champions who have each played below expectations.

      In his first career NHL start, Kings goalie Cal Petersen made 34 saves. Petersen, who was signed by the Kings in 2017 as a free agent out of Notre Dame, played his final college game in the Blackhawks' home rink at the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four.

      Petersen's opportunity in goal came as the result of knee surgeries to both Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell, while Jonny Brodzinski was lost due to shoulder surgery.

      Sabres 2, Jets 1 (SO)

      After seven rounds of a shootout, Conor Sheary's top-shelf goal finally clinched a win for Buffalo over host Winnipeg as the Sabres ran their winning streak to four games, the longest since 2014, while halting the Jets' winning streak at three.

      Three of those four wins have come beyond regulation time, as the Sabres also defeated the Vancouver Canucks via a shootout on Nov. 10 and needed overtime to top the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 8.

      The lengthy shootout was a fitting end to a duel of goaltenders. Buffalo's Carter Hutton stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn the win, while Jets backup goalie Laurent Brossoit made 31 saves in his first game action since Oct. 26.

      Maple Leafs 2, Ducks 1 (OT)

      Morgan Rielly scored the winning goal at 3:17 of overtime as visiting Toronto defeated Anaheim as Garret Sparks, making just his fourth start of the season, stopped 38 shots.

      Patrick Marleau also scored for the Maple Leafs, who improved to an NHL-best 9-1 on the road this season. Toronto also completed a sweep of the California teams in the same season away from home for the first time since 1995-96.

      Pontus Aberg scored for Anaheim and goaltender John Gibson made 33 saves. The Ducks dropped to 8-1-2 when allowing two or fewer goals this season.

      Capitals 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)

      Nicklas Backstrom scored a power-play goal 22 seconds into overtime, and short-handed Washington beat host Colorado in Denver.

      Backstrom also had an assist and Alex Ovechkin and Devante Smith-Pelley scored goals for the Capitals.

      The Capitals played without their No. 1 goaltender and two of their top forwards but still managed to get the win. Pheonix Copley had 24 saves in his second straight start for Washington.

      Blues 4, Golden Knights 1

      Ryan O'Reilly scored two goals and Jake Allen had 32 saves as visiting St. Louis snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over Vegas in Las Vegas.

      Brayden Schenn and Oskar Sundqvist also scored goals for St. Louis, which won for the second time in two meetings this season with the defending Western Conference champions. Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz each had two assists.

      William Carrier scored his third goal of the season and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots for Vegas. Fleury fell to 5-7-2 in his career against the Blues, just one of three teams he has a losing record against.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Rangers acquire Strome from Oilers for Spooner
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    The New York Rangers acquired forward Ryan Strome from the Edmonton Oilers on Friday in exchange for forward Ryan Spooner.

    • Strome, 25, had two points (one goal, one assist) in 18 games for the Oilers this season. Overall, he has 162 points (59 goals, 103 assists) with the New York Islanders (2013-17) and Oilers. Spooner, 26, had one goal and one assist) in 16 games for the Rangers and 160 points (46 goals, 114 assists) with the Boston Bruins (2012-18) and Rangers.

      The Rangers are hoping Strome can reach his potential with them. Strome was the fifth overall pick of the 2011 draft by the Islanders.

      "When you're a top-five pick overall there's a lot of pressure on you to perform," New York general manager Jeff Gorton said in a statement. "I think he feels like, and we feel like, maybe there's a little bit more that he can still get to the level we're all hoping he can get to."

      --Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will miss four to six weeks with a fractured left foot, the team announced.

      Vasilevskiy suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday and was evaluated by doctors on Thursday. The 24-year-old is 9-3-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 13 games this season. Louis Domingue will fill in as the primary starter during Vasilevskiy's recovery period.

      Vasilevskiy was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalkeeper last season when he went 44-17-3 with a 2.62 GAA and .920 save percentage. He tied for the league high in victories and in shutouts (eight).

      --Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott will miss the next two weeks with what the club termed as a lower-body injury.

      Elliott was injured during the third period of Thursday's loss to the New Jersey Devils. He crouched in discomfort before leaving the ice. "It was worse than I expected," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told reporters on Friday. "But that's the way it is."

      Elliott, 33, is 6-7-0 with a 2.59 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 14 games (13 starts) this season. Cal Pickard is expected to see most of the action during Elliott's absence. Pickard is 3-1-1 with a 4.33 GAA and .865 save percentage this season.

      --The Bruins will continue their road trip without Zdeno Chara, who returned to Boston after suffering a leg injury in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

      The defenseman left the game in the first period after a collision with Avs forward Carl Soderberg and did not return.

      Chara, 41, is in his 21st season in the NHL and 13th with the Bruins. He has three goals and one assist in 18 games this season. For his career, Chara has played in 1,441 games and tallied 198 goals and 434 assists.

      --Arizona Coyotes forward Josh Archibald was suspended for two games without pay for delivering an illegal check to the head of Nashville Predators forward Ryan Hartman, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced.

      The suspension will cost the 26-year-old Archibald $7,258.

      Archibald received a minor penalty on the play in which he smacked his shoulder into Hartman's head during Thursday's game. Hartman, who was stationed near the boards, had passed the puck prior to the hit.

      --Field Level Media

  • Coyotes F Archibald draws two-game suspension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    Arizona Coyotes forward Josh Archibald was suspended for two games without pay for delivering an illegal check to the head of Nashville Predators forward Ryan Hartman, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Friday.

    • The suspension will cost the 26-year-old Archibald $7,258.

      Archibald received a minor penalty on the play in which he smacked his shoulder into Hartman's head during Thursday's game. Hartman, who was stationed near the boards, had passed the puck prior to the hit.

      The Coyotes won the contest 2-1.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers acquire Strome from Oilers for Spooner
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    The New York Rangers acquired forward Ryan Strome from the Edmonton Oilers on Friday in exchange for forward Ryan Spooner.

    • Strome, 25, had two points (one goal, one assist) in 18 games for the Oilers this season. Overall, he has 162 points (59 goals, 103 assists) in 358 games with the New York Islanders (2013-17) and Oilers.

      Spooner, 26, had two points (one goal, one assist) in 16 games for the Rangers. He has 160 points (46 goals, 114 assists) in 289 career games with the Boston Bruins (2012-18) and Rangers.

      The Rangers are hoping Strome can reach his potential with them. Strome was the fifth overall pick of the 2011 draft by the Islanders.

      "I think he brings a little bit of everything," New York general manager Jeff Gorton said in a statement, "and with our group right now, having somebody who can play in all different areas of the game, I think he can help us.

      "When you're a top-five pick overall there's a lot of pressure on you to perform. ... I think he feels like, and we feel like, maybe there's a little bit more that he can still get to the level we're all hoping he can get to."

      Strome's best season was when he scored 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists) for the Islanders in 2014-15, his second season in the league.

      Spooner was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft. He was acquired from Boston last February.

      Spooner's top campaign was 2015-16 when he tallied 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists) for the Bruins.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flyers G Elliott to miss two weeks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott will miss the next two weeks with what the club termed Friday as a lower-body injury.

    • Elliott was injured during the third period of Thursday's loss to the New Jersey Devils. He crouched in discomfort before leaving the ice.

      "It was worse than I expected," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told reporters on Friday. "But that's the way it is."

      Elliott is 6-7-0 with a 2.59 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 14 games (13 starts) this season.

      The 33-year-old Elliott is in his second season with the Flyers. He went 23-11-7 with a 2.66 GAA and .909 save percentage in 43 games (42 starts) last season.

      Cal Pickard is expected to see most of the action during Elliott's absence. Pickard is 3-1-1 with a 4.33 GAA and .865 save percentage this season.

      Philadelphia recalled goalie Alex Lyon from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Friday. Lyon is 2-2 with a 3.54 GAA in four games.

      Lyon appeared in 11 games (seven starts) for the Flyers last season, going 4-2-1 with a 2.75 GAA.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning G Vasilevskiy out with broken foot
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will miss four to six weeks with a fractured left foot, the team announced Friday.

    • Vasilevskiy suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday and was evaluated by doctors on Thursday.

      Vasilevskiy, 24, is 9-3-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 13 games this season.

      Vasilevskiy was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalkeeper last season when he went 44-17-3 with a 2.62 GAA and .920 save percentage. He tied for the league high in victories and in shutouts (eight).

      Louis Domingue will fill in as the primary starter during Vasilevskiy's recovery period.

      The 26-year-old Domingue is 4-2-0 with a 3.36 GAA and .890 save percentage in six games.

      "I always said it would take a lot for this guy not to play, injury-wise," Domingue said of Vasilevskiy. "... The guy is a horse and it's pretty amazing to see. But it's unfortunate how it happened, but that's something that happened before on our team. We lost some big-time players and guys jumped in."

      Domingue was in goal for Thursday night's 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He made 28 saves.

      Edward Pasquale was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Thursday to serve as the backup.

      Pasquale, who turns 28 on Tuesday, has never appeared in an NHL game. He was 4-2-0 with a 2.85 GAA in seven games for Syracuse this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bruins send Chara back to Boston after leg injury
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    The Bruins will continue their road trip without Zdeno Chara, who returned to Boston after suffering a leg injury in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

    • The defenseman left the game in the first period after a collision with Avs forward Carl Soderberg and did not return.

      Chara, 41, is in his 21st season in the NHL and 13th with the Bruins. He has three goals and one assist in 18 games this season.

      For his career, Chara has played in 1,441 games and tallied 198 goals and 434 assists.

      The Bruins' road trip continues with a game against the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Point rallies Lightning with hat track
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    Brayden Point's natural hat trick Thursday erased an early two-goal deficit for the visiting Lightning and led Tampa Bay to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    • Yanni Gourde scored the deciding goal in the second period, and Nikita Kucherov had three assists for Tampa Bay, which ended a two-game losing streak by scoring all four goals on power plays.

      Louis Domingue made 28 saves for the Lightning as Tampa Bay played without No. 1 goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was sent home for evaluation of a broken foot he sustained in practice Wednesday.

      Point began his spree with a five-on-three goal with 2.7 seconds left in the first on a shot from the lower left circle high off the far post to cut the Penguins' lead to 2-1. He tied the score 41 seconds into the second, again on a five-on-three, on a one-timer from Steven Stamkos, and gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead on a conventional power play at 1:28 of the second, on a one-timer from the slot.

      Canadiens 3, Flames 2

      Artturi Lehkonen's first goal since the season opener was the game-winner, and Carey Price delivered a sparkling 43-save performance in goal as Montreal stole a win at Calgary.

      With Price delivering save after save, the Canadiens hung on in a road game they had no business winning, and they took advantage of a bad goal allowed by Flames netminder Mike Smith for the difference-maker.

      With the score tied 2-2 in the third period, Lehkonen, who went 17 games without scoring, simply wristed a long shot that went through the legs of the embattled goalie at 12:14.

      Coyotes 2, Predators 1

      Michael Grabner scored his league-leading fourth short-handed goal and Jason Demers scored his first goal of the season as Arizona opened a five-game homestand with a victory over visiting Nashville in Glendale, Ariz.

      The Coyotes have a league-leading 10 short-handed goals and are on pace to break the NHL record for season goals in that category. The Edmonton Oilers had 36 short-handed goals in 1983-84, 12 by Wayne Gretzky. The Arizona franchise record is 14, set in 1999-2000.

      Nick Bonino scored his first goal of the season at 12:09 of the third period for the Predators, who went 3-1-1 on a five-game road trip that ended in Arizona. They play eight of their next nine games at home.

      Blue Jackets 7, Panthers 3

      Markus Hannikainen scored the go-ahead goal with 15:59 left in the third period as flu-ridden Columbus rallied to beat visiting Florida.

      Columbus also got goals from Cam Atkinson, Brandon Dubinsky, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Anthony Duclair, Josh Anderson and an empty-netter by Boone Jenner. Atkinson produced his second short-handed goal of the season.

      The Blue Jackets, who trailed 2-0 after the first period, won despite being hit hard by the flu as three key players missed the game: starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, leading scorer Artemi Panarin and center Riley Nash, who sat out for the first time this season.

      Maple Leafs 5, Sharks 3

      Kasperi Kapanen scored twice and Frederik Andersen stopped 42 shots as Toronto continued its road mastery with a victory against Pacific Division-leading San Jose.

      John Tavares, Josh Leivo and Mitch Marner also scored for the Maple Leafs, who improved to 8-1 on the road this season. Toronto also won for the first time in its past six tries at the SAP Center.

      San Jose got goals from Kevin Labanc, Joe Pavelski and Marc-Eduoard Vlasic. Andersen, who won his fifth straight start, was beaten three times in the first but stopped all 29 shots he faced over the final two periods, including 15 in the third.

      Senators 2, Red Wings 1

      Drake Batherson scored in his NHL debut, Craig Anderson stopped two third-period penalty shots, and Ottawa snapped Detroit's four-game winning streak with a home win.

      The 20-year-old Batherson, a Nova Scotia native drafted in the fourth round last year, scored what proved to be the game-winner in the second period. Matt Duchene was credited with assists on both of the Senators' goals.

      Defenseman Cody Ceci scored the other Ottawa goal, while Anderson made 34 saves. Michael Rasmussen scored for Detroit.

      Islanders 7, Rangers 5

      Anthony Beauvillier collected his first NHL hat trick as the New York Islanders continued their dominance against their visiting Big Apple rival.

      Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Leo Komarov and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders, who have won two straight following a three-game losing streak. The Islanders have won eight in a row against the Rangers dating to Dec. 6, 2016.

      Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss made 36 saves.

      Wild 6, Canucks 2

      Mikko Koivu had a goal and two assists, and Minnesota cruised to a win over Vancouver in Saint Paul, Minn.

      Charlie Coyle, Eric Staal, Nino Niederreiter, Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker also scored in the victory. Minnesota avenged a loss last month to Vancouver and earned at least one point for the eighth time in nine home games.

      Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves to improve to 9-4-2. He started in net despite feeling sore after a collision with Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson two nights earlier.

      Devils 3, Flyers 0

      Joey Anderson and Kyle Palmieri each scored one goal as visiting New Jersey defeated Philadelphia.

      Blake Coleman added an empty-net goal and a pair of assists for the Devils, who won their second consecutive game. New Jersey played without center Nico Hischier, who was sidelined for the second consecutive game with an upper-body injury.

      Goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped all 29 shots for the Devils, who won on the road for only the second time this season. It was the seventh shutout of his career.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins captain Crosby out with upper-body injury
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby will miss the Penguins' Thursday night game against the Tampa Bay Lightning due to an upper-body injury.

    • Crosby missed practice Wednesday and could be sidelined for a week, coach Mike Sullivan said.

      Sullivan declined to offer specifics about the star center's injury, but said it is not concussion-related.

      Crosby, 31, has eight goals and 11 assists in 16 games this season for the Penguins, who have lost five of their last six games.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Blackhawks, Crawford blank Blues
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Corey Crawford stopped all 28 shots he faced, and Jeremy Colliton earned his first career coaching victory as the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 1-0 win over the visiting St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

    • Brent Seabrook scored the lone goal for Chicago, which snapped an eight-game losing streak. The Blackhawks beat the Blues for the third time in four meetings this season.

      St. Louis lost its second straight game and was shut out for the first time this season. The scoreless night marked the end of Ryan O'Reilly's 10-game points streak, which was a career high.

      Colliton earned his milestone victory in his fourth game behind the bench for the Blackhawks, who fired longtime coach Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6.

      Jets 3, Capitals 1

      Ben Chiarot scored the tiebreaking goal for Winnipeg with 7:09 left in the third period, and Kyle Connor added an empty-net score in a victory over visiting Washington.

      Winnipeg had not held the lead until Chiarot scored on a long, knuckling slap shot that dipped under goalie Pheonix Copley's glove. Brandon Tanev got the only assist on the play.

      Connor produced the insurance goal after Copley had been pulled. That came with one minute remaining, and it stretched the Jets' winning streak to three games.

      Avalanche 6, Bruins 3

      Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists, Nathan MacKinnon scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and host Colorado rallied to beat Boston in Denver.

      Gabe Landeskog, Matt Calvert, Tyson Jost and Alexander Kerfoot also had goals for Colorado, which scored four times in the third period for the win. Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots.

      Jake DeBrusk scored two goals and David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist for the Bruins. Jaroslav Halak had 19 saves.

      Golden Knights 5, Ducks 0

      Cody Eakin scored a pair of second-period goals, including a short-handed tally, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season to lead Vegas to a victory over Anaheim in Las Vegas.

      Alex Tuch and Nick Holden each had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Hyka also scored for Vegas, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Max Pacioretty added two assists, his first two of the season.

      It was the 51st career shutout for Fleury, tying him with Curtis Joseph, Rogie Vachon, Tomas Vokoun and Dave Kerr for 24th place on the all-time NHL shutouts list.

      --Field Level Media

  • Crosby misses practice with upper-body injury
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby did not practice Wednesday and is being evaluated for an upper-body injury.

    • It is unknown whether Crosby, who had two assists in the Penguins' 4-2 loss at New Jersey on Tuesday, will be able to play Thursday against Tampa Bay.

      Head coach Mike Sullivan used the same answer when asked about specifics of the injury and Crosby's status for Thursday, saying, "Sid is being evaluated for an upper-body injury."

      The immediate fear with Crosby and his upper body would be a concussion. He has sustained at least three concussions in his career, missing more than 100 games over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons because of concussion-related issues.

      The news came only hours after the team announced it had traded forward Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Tanner Pearson.

      Crosby has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 16 games this season as the Penguins struggle with one of the worst records in the Eastern Conference at 7-6-3, good for 17 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Slumping Pens, Kings swap struggling forwards
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    A pair of struggling teams looking to jumpstart their sagging seasons traded a pair of struggling forwards on Wednesday, as the Pittsburgh Penguins shipped forward Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Tanner Pearson.

    • Both teams announced the deal early in the afternoon.

      Hagelin, 30, has only one goal and two assists in 16 games this season. He had 31 points (10 G, 21 A) in 81 games last season and has 83 points in 195 games since joining the Penguins via trade in January 2016. He also has a pair of Stanley Cups with the club, winning in 2016 & '17.

      He was selected by the New York Rangers in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Draft and has 225 points (89 G, 136 A) in 504 career games with New York, Pittsburgh and Anaheim. He also has 47 points (22 G, 25 A) in 121 career postseason games.

      Pearson, 26, has been with the Kings since they drafted him No. 30 overall in 2012. In 325 career games he has 144 points (69 G, 75 A), but he has yet to score a goal and has just one assist in 17 games this season. He has tallied at least 15 goals and 36 points in each of the previous three seasons.

      The Penguins currently sit seventh in the Metropolitan Division with 17 points, while the Kings have the league's worst record at 5-11-1, their 11 points four fewer than any other NHL team.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins give GM Rutherford extension
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have rewarded general manager Jim Rutherford with a three-year contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday.

    • The deal keeps him in Pittsburgh through the 2021-22 season.

      Rutherford, 69, was in the final year of his previous deal and has threatened changes as the Penguins have opened the season 7-6-3.

      "We think Jim Rutherford is one of the best general managers in all of sports and, during his tenure in Pittsburgh, arguably the best GM in the NHL," a statement from Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle read in part.

      Rutherford was at the helm for Penguins' Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017 after joining the team in 2014.

      Previously, he helped guide the Carolina Hurricanes to a title in 2006, making him the only GM to lead two different franchises to titles in the expansion era.

      Rutherford, a former goalie, played in the NHL for 13 seasons after being taken 10th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1969.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Wilson scores, fights in Caps return
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Dmitry Orlov scored two goals and added one assist as the visiting Washington Capitals were sparked by the return of Tom Wilson in defeating the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Tuesday night.

    • Wilson had missed the first 16 games due to a 20-game suspension the league imposed after an illegal check to the head of Oskar Sundqvist from St. Louis in a preseason game. The NHL announced Tuesday an arbitrator reduced that to 14 games, and Wilson returned to the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

      Wilson helped right away, scoring a goal in the first period as Washington took a 2-0 lead after one. He then got into a fight with Marcus Foligno during the second period and finished the game with one goal and seven penalty minutes.

      Andre Burakovsky added a goal and an assist, while Lars Eller had two assists for the Capitals. Rookie goalie Pheonix Copley finished with 26 saves and earned his third career victory.

      Sharks 5, Predators 4

      Joe Thornton's milestone goal in the third period was the winner as San Jose blew a three-goal lead but recovered to claim a wild victory over visiting Nashville.

      Thornton finished a rush set up by Marcus Sorensen at 13:18 of the final frame to the delight of the home crowd to collect his 400th career goal. He's only the 11th player in NHL history to net both 400 goals and 1,000 assists.

      Joe Pavelski scored twice and Sorensen had a three-point game, while Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 30 saves in the roller-coaster-ride win that came after they claimed a 3-0 first-period lead only to watch it evaporate.

      Red Wings 6, Coyotes 1

      Anthony Mantha scored his third goal in two games, Mike Green supplied a goal and two assists and Detroit won its fourth straight by dominating visiting Arizona.

      Dennis Cholowski, Michael Rasmussen, Luke Glendening and Andreas Athanasiou also scored for the Red Wings, who have won seven of their last eight. Jimmy Howard made 24 saves.

      Arizona's Darcy Kuemper stopped just 12 of 17 shots on goal before he was pulled in the third period. Lawson Crouse scored the Coyotes' goal.

      Devils 4, Penguins 2

      Taylor Hall notched the deciding goal, added an empty-netter and had two assists to lift New Jersey over visiting Pittsburgh.

      Travis Zajac and Damon Severson each had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who are 2-6-0 over their past eight games, with both wins coming against Pittsburgh.

      Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist, Jake Guentzel scored and Sidney Crosby had two helpers for Pittsburgh, which is 1-5-1 in its past seven.

      Maple Leafs 5, Kings 1

      John Tavares had a goal and two assists for visiting Toronto as Los Angeles had little luck solving Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, who made 22 saves as the team improved to 7-1-0 on the road this season.

      Nazem Kadri scored two goals to give him seven in the past nine games, Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist. The Maple Leafs went 3-for-6 on the power play to move from sixth in the league to fourth in efficiency (28.3 percent).

      Adrian Kempe scored, and Peter Budaj made 15 saves on 19 shots in his first start for the Kings this season. He was replaced by rookie Cal Petersen after allowing the fourth goal at 4:33 of the second period. Petersen stopped 15 of 16 shots in his NHL debut.

      Sabres 2, Lightning 1

      Carter Hutton made 29 saves to cool off the NHL's top-scoring club as Buffalo topped visiting Tampa Bay.

      Jeff Skinner and Kyle Okposo scored goals for the Sabres, who have won three straight and are 4-0-1 in their last five home games. Nathan Beaulieu recorded his first two assists this season.

      Anthony Cirelli had a goal for the Lightning, who have lost two straight, marking the first time this season they have dropped consecutive games. Goalie Louis Domingue made 17 saves.

      Panthers 2, Flyers 1

      Aaron Ekblad and Evgenii Dadonov each scored one goal to lift visiting Florida past Philadelphia.

      Mike Hoffman recorded an assist for a 13-game point streak, tying a franchise record for the Panthers. Goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots to pick up his 475th career win.

      Jakub Voracek scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

      Islanders 5, Canucks 2

      Tom Kuhnhackl recorded his first NHL multi-goal game in unusual fashion as he led host New York over Vancouver.

      Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle also scored in the first period while Cal Clutterbuck added an insurance goal late in the third period for the Islanders, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Goalie Thomas Greiss made 22 saves.

      Brendan Leipsic and Jake Virtanen scored for the Canucks, who have lost three straight. Goalie Jacob Markstrom, who made his ninth straight start, recorded 29 saves.

      Oilers 6, Canadiens 2

      Personnel changes on its top two lines was just the spark Edmonton needed to snap a four-game losing streak with a rout of visiting Montreal.

      Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl reunited on the Oilers' top line, with Drake Caggiula joining the duo while the slumping Ryan Nugent-Hopkins dropped to the second line. The moves ended up benefiting all parties as Draisaitl, Caggiula and Nugent-Hopkins each scored against the Canadiens, with McDavid contributing three assists.

      Draisaitl also had two assists on the night while defensemen Matthew Benning and Kris Russell each added a goal and an assist to the all-around offensive effort. It was the Oilers' highest-scoring game of the season, and their first six-goal outing since March 22.

      --Field Level Media