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  • Reports: NHL suspends ex-Coyotes GM John Chayka for 2021
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 25, 2021

    The NHL has suspended former Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka for the duration of 2021 for "conduct detrimental to the league and game," according to reports.

    • TSN and SportsNet reported the suspension Monday, citing a memo sent by the league to every team. Chayka departed as GM of the Coyotes last July with the team saying he "quit" with three years remaining on his contract.

      As a result, Chayka, 31, cannot be involved in any NHL business through Dec. 31.

      "Chayka engaged in conduct detrimental to the league, breached his obligation to the club, and was properly terminated by the club," the league reportedly said in the memo.

      After Chayka's departure, the Coyotes acknowledged they had violated the NHL's combine testing policy during the 2019-20 season, resulting in the forfeiture of their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick.

      Arizona hired Bill Armstrong to replace Chayka in September.

      Chayka had been the Coyotes' general manager since May 2016, when he became the youngest GM in North American professional sports history at the age of 26. He was promoted to president of hockey operations 14 months later.

      Arizona hired Xavier A. Gutierrez as president and CEO on June 8, taking over from Ahron Cohen.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hurricanes' fourth straight game postponed due to COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 25, 2021

    The NHL moved Tuesday night's scheduled game in Raleigh between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes to next month amid the Canes' ongoing COVID-19 issues.

    • The game was rescheduled to Feb. 22 -- one of seven game changes announced Monday by the NHL.

      The Hurricanes haven't played since Jan. 18 and saw three games postponed last week. The team had six players in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.

      Other rescheduled games:

      --Carolina at Nashville, originally Jan. 19, is now scheduled for March 2

      --Florida at Carolina, originally Jan. 21, is now scheduled for Feb. 17

      --Florida at Carolina, originally Jan. 23, is now scheduled for March 7

      --Columbus at Carolina, originally Feb. 16, is now scheduled for Feb. 15

      --Florida at Tampa Bay, originally Feb. 16, is now scheduled for Feb. 15

      --Carolina at Tampa Bay, originally Feb. 22, is now scheduled for Feb. 24

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Scott Wedgewood, Devils shut out Islanders
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 25, 2021

    Scott Wedgewood stopped all 28 shots he faced in his first NHL shutout in more than three years Sunday night, and the New Jersey Devils scored twice late in the first period of a 2-0 win over the visiting New York Islanders in Newark, N.J.

    • Wedgewood's gem came in just his second NHL start since February 2018. He made an emergency start and took the loss against the Islanders on Thursday, when starting goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was placed on the NHL's COVID Protocol list about two hours before faceoff.

      The shutout was Wedgewood's third in the NHL and his first since Dec. 2, 2017, when he recorded 27 saves in the Arizona Coyotes' 5-0 win over the Devils.

      Jack Hughes and Pavel Zacha scored for the Devils. Rookie defenseman Ty Smith had an assist on both goals and has a point in each of his first five NHL games, one game shy of tying Marek Zidlicky's NHL record for the longest career-opening point streak by a defenseman.

      Sabres 4, Capitals 3 (SO)

      Jack Eichel scored the lone shootout goal and Buffalo beat host Washington for the first time in four tries this season, also avenging a shootout loss in D.C. on Friday.

      Colin Miller, Victor Olofsson and Eric Staal scored in regulation for Buffalo, with Miller and Eichel adding assists. Rasmus Ristolainen chipped in two assists, and Linus Ullmark stopped 28 of 31 shots.

      Justin Schultz, T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals, with Schultz and Backstrom adding assists. Washington's Vitek Vanecek who stopped 45 shots.

      Maple Leafs 3, Flames 2

      A lucky goal by Auston Matthews early in the third period held up as the game-winner as Toronto defeated host Calgary.

      With the Leafs holding a 2-1 lead, Matthews -- who returned to the lineup after missing the previous game due to an undisclosed injury -- scored the winner at 2:42 of the final frame. Morgan Rielly sent a shot on goal that ticked off Matthews and then banked in off the leg of Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson.

      Jake Muzzin and Wayne Simmonds also scored for Toronto, Rielly had three assists, Mitch Marner had two, and Jack Campbell made 31 saves. Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk had goals for Calgary, and Markstrom stopped 29 shots.

      Penguins 3, Rangers 2

      Jake Guentzel's 100th career goal, a blast from above the left hash marks with 1:31 left in regulation on Sunday, gave Pittsburgh a win over visiting New York.

      Pittsburgh has won four straight, coming back from at least one deficit in each. Bryan Rust and Jared McCann also scored and Sidney Crosby had two assists for the Penguins. Goaltender Tristan Jarry made 24 saves.

      Colin Blackwell and Ryan Strome scored for New York, which twice had a one-goal lead but lost its third in a row (0-2-1). Igor Shesterkin stopped 16 shots.

      Ducks 3, Avalanche 1

      Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell each scored their first goals of the season as host Anaheim held to defeat Colorado. Hampus Lindholm scored an empty-net goal with 1:40 remaining from the Ducks' zone.

      Goaltender John Gibson had 32 saves as Anaheim had a victory to start a four-game homestand and one to end it. The Ducks were 4 of 4 on the penalty kill, and they avenged a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Avalanche on Friday.

      Mikko Rantanen scored a third-period goal for Colorado, extending his goal streak to a career-best five consecutive games. Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer had 12 saves.

      Blackhawks 6, Red Wings 2

      Pius Suter notched a hat trick, the first three goals of his NHL career, and host Chicago collected its second victory in three days over Detroit.

      Suter scored twice in the first and another in the third for the Blackhawks, who also beat Detroit 4-1 on Friday. Mattias Janmark and Connor Murphy each had a goal and an assist, while Philipp Kurashev also scored for the Blackhawks. Kevin Lankinen made 25 saves.

      Tyler Bertuzzi had a pair of power-play goals for the Red Wings, while Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves.

      Sharks 5, Wild 3

      Brent Burns' backhand goal with 1:48 left to play broke a tie, and visiting San Jose went on to defeat Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minn.

      Ryan Donato, Evander Kane, Noah Gregor and Matt Nieto also scored for the Sharks, with Nieto's coming in the final minute after the Wild pulled their goalie. Donato also had an assist.

      Zach Parise finished with a goal and an assist for Minnesota, and Nick Bjugstad and Kevin Fiala scored goals that pulled the Wild into a 3-3 tie with 7:20 gone in the third period.

      Golden Knights 1, Coyotes 0

      William Karlsson scored with 42.7 seconds remaining and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 16 saves to lead Vegas to a shutout victory over host Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.

      It was Fleury's 62nd career shutout, breaking a tie with Walter "Turk" Broda for 17th place on the NHL's all-time list. The Golden Knights improved to 6-0 after a regulation loss under coach Peter DeBoer.

      Darcy Kuemper, playing in his fourth consecutive game, had 26 saves for Arizona, which lost at home in regulation for just the third time (11-3-4) since Dec. 31, 2019.

      Kings 6, Blues 3

      Anze Kopitar scored one goal and assisted on two others as Los Angeles defeated host St. Louis to end their four-game losing streak against the Blues.

      Drew Doughty, Lias Andersson, Gabriel Vilardi, Alex Iafallo and Carl Grundstrom also scored for the Kings, and Adrian Kempe had two assists. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 28 of 31 shots to earn the victory.

      Brayden Schenn scored twice for the Blues, Ryan O'Reilly also scored and Jordan Kyrou had two assists. Rookie Ville Husso made 29 saves in his first NHL start.

      Stars 3, Predators 2

      Joe Pavelski and Roope Hintz each had a goal and two assists as Dallas powered its way past visiting Nashville.

      Denis Gurianov also scored for the Stars, who got all three of their goals on the power play. Dallas goaltender Anton Khudobin, who stopped 34 shots to post a shutout on opening night, was hardly tested Sunday when he faced just 17 shots, stopping 15.

      Filip Forsberg scored a power-play goal and Mikael Granlund tallied at even strength for the Predators. Viktor Arvidsson assisted on both goals and Juuse Saros made 19 saves.

      Oilers 4, Jets 3

      Leon Draisaitl scored the game-winner with less than a second left to give Edmonton a win over host Winnipeg.

      The Oilers got single-goal efforts from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Kyle Turris and Kailer Yamamoto. Draisaitl added an assist, while Connor McDavid had three. Adam Lowry, Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets.

      Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves for the win, while Laurent Brossoit turned away 34 shots of 38 shots for the Jets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs legend George Armstrong dies
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 24, 2021

    Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain George Armstrong, who played his entire 21-year NHL career with the team, died on Sunday. He was 90.

    • The team announced that Armstrong had died, but did not reveal a cause of death.

      One of the first players of Indigenous descent to play professional hockey, Armstrong signed with the Maple Leafs in 1946. He played on the team from 1949-1971 and also served as a coach from 1988-89 after owner Harold Ballard fired John Brophy.

      Armstrong, who spent 12 seasons as Toronto's captain, helped the club capture four Stanley Cup titles. The Maple Leafs won three straight titles from 1962-64 before Armstrong clinched the Stanley Cup in 1967 with an empty-net goal in Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens.

      Armstrong recorded 713 points (296 goals, 417 assists) in 1,188 career games with Toronto. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975 and had his number retired to Legends Row by the Maple Leafs in 2015.

      "George is part of the very fabric of the Toronto Maple Leaf organization and will be deeply missed," Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said. "A proud yet humble man, he loved being a Maple Leaf but never sought the spotlight even though no player played more games for Toronto or captained the team longer. Always one to celebrate his teammates rather than himself, George couldn't even bring himself to deliver his speech the day he was immortalized on Legends Row."

      The final paragraph from his unread speech is as follows:

      "Hockey is a great game and I love it. I am part of a fading generation that you will never have again. Every one of us is one of a kind, that will never be repeated. To all of my friends and acquaintances, thank you for your advice and direction, that helped make me who I am today ... a very, very happy person."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Jets rally for four goals in 3rd to defeat Sens
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 24, 2021

    Andrew Copp scored twice in Winnipeg's four-goal third period to lead the host Jets past the Ottawa Senators 6-3 on Saturday night.

    • Paul Stastny and Mark Scheifele each added a goal and two assists as the Jets beat the Senators for the third consecutive game. The Jets took two road wins from the Senators -- 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday and 4-1 on Thursday.

      Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist, Kyle Connor scored a goal and notched an assist, and Blake Wheeler added three assists for Winnipeg.

      The Senators got a goal each from Evgenii Dadonov, Brady Tkachuk and Nick Paul.

      Blue Jackets 5, Lightning 2

      Eric Robinson scored one goal and set up another, and Elvis Merzlikins made 30 saves to help Columbus defeat visiting Tampa Bay.

      Captain Nick Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko and defensemen Vladislav Gavrikov and Zach Werenski also scored for Columbus, which earned points for the fourth straight game (2-0-2). Fourteen players produced at least one point for the Blue Jackets. Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman notched a goal and an assist, Ondrej Palat also scored and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.

      Prior to the afternoon start, Columbus announced a blockbuster trade involving disgruntled star Pierre-Luc Dubois, who was sent to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for right winger Patrik Laine and Columbus native Jack Roslovic on Saturday. The Jets also will receive a 2022 third-round draft pick.

      Blues 4, Kings 2

      David Perron scored what proved to be the game-winning goal and earned an assist as the St. Louis defeated visiting Los Angeles.

      Torey Krug, Vince Dunn and Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Blues. Robert Thomas dished two assists and goaltender Jordan Binnington stopped 21 of 23 shots.

      Dustin Brown and Adrian Kempe scored for the Kings and Cal Petersen made 26 saves.

      Canadiens 5, Canucks 2

      Nick Suzuki remained productive with a goal, and Corey Perry added one of his own in his Montreal debut in the third straight matchup between the teams in Vancouver.

      Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin and Joel Edmundson each scored third-period goals as Montreal went back on top for good after the game was briefly tied. Montreal goaltender Carey Price made 23 saves in his 350th career victory. The Canadiens took two of the three games against the Canucks and have won four of their last five overall.

      Elias Pettersson and Nils Hoglander scored third-period goals for the Canucks, who have lost five of their last six after a season-opening victory.

      Bruins 6, Flyers 1

      Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had two goals and one assist to carry host Boston past Philadelphia.

      Craig Smith and Charlie Coyle each added one goal and one assist for the Bruins. Nick Ritchie also contributed two assists, who swept the two games against the Flyers.

      Kevin Hayes scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who fell 5-4 in a shootout on Thursday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators place F Tim Stutzle on injured reserve
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 23, 2021

    The Ottawa Senators will be without forward Tim Stutzle for a third straight game Saturday night after placing the 19-year-old rookie on injured reserve.

    • The team has characterized the undisclosed injury as minor, and the move to IR is retroactive to Jan. 16.

      Stutzle, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 draft, practiced with the Senators on Friday and indicated he was close to rejoining the lineup.

      "It was great being back on the ice," he told the Ottawa Sun. "I felt good today and it was much better than the days off so we'll see what's going to happen. It was really bad at the beginning, but I think it's getting better day by day. ... It's up to the trainers and the physiotherapists and everybody else. It's their opinion if I'm ready to go."

      Stutzle skated in Ottawa's first two games this season and scored his first NHL goal in the third period of a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 16.

      A native of Germany, Stutzle said he sustained the injury during the recent World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jackets send Pierre-Luc Dubois to Jets for Patrik Laine
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 23, 2021

    The Columbus Blue Jackets traded center Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for right winger Patrik Laine and center Jack Roslovic on Saturday.

    • The Jets also will receive a 2022 third-round draft pick.

      A Dubois-Laine swap means a pair of 22-year-old standouts, both disgruntled with their teams, will get fresh starts.

      Dubois was the center on the Blue Jackets' No. 1 line and was benched by coach John Tortorella for the final two periods on Thursday in a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. And Laine, who will become a restricted free agent after this season, has been tied to trade talk since before the season began, with his agent saying early this month that a trade would be advisable.

      The Blue Jackets selected Dubois with the No. 3 overall selection of the 2016 NHL Draft. He moved into the lineup for the 2017-18 season, and in 239 regular-season games with Columbus has 159 points (66 goals. 93 assists).

      He has one goal in five games this season.

      Laine was the No. 2 overall pick in the same draft by the Jets and made an immediate impact. As a rookie, he played in the 2017 All-Star Game and scored 64 points (36 goals, 28 assists) in 73 games, finishing second in voting for the Calder Trophy.

      In 306 games in Winnipeg, he has 250 points (140 goals, 110 assists.) An upper-body injury has limited him to just one game this season, and he scored twice and had one assist.

      Roslovic, a Columbus native selected No. 25 overall in the 2015 draft, is an unsigned restricted free agent. He and the team weren't able to agree on a contract in the offseason, so the 23-year-old did not report to training camp.

      The Blue Jackets announced they had agreed to terms with Roslovic on a two-year deal worth $3.8 million.

      Roslovic scored 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 71 games last season. He has 67 points (26 goals, 41 assists) in 180 regular-season games.

      It is unclear when Dubois and Laine will be able to report to their new teams because of potential complications crossing the U.S.-Canada border amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Roslovic has been in the United States and not subject to such restrictions.

      Laine is in the final season of a two-year, $13.5 million contract. Dubois signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Blue Jackets on Dec. 31.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Stars finally start season, wallop Predators
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 23, 2021

    Joe Pavelski and Alexander Radulov each had two goals and combined for seven points, and Anton Khudobin stopped all 34 shots he faced as the Dallas Stars used a five-goal second period to open their season with a 7-0 rout of the visiting Nashville Predators on Friday night.

    • John Klingberg had three assists, Joel Kiviranta collected a goal and an assist, and Denis Gurianov and Esa Lindell also scored for the Stars, whose four previously scheduled games were postponed due to COVID-19 issues. Dallas matched a franchise record with five power-play goals, on eight chances.

      Khudobin was strong while recording his ninth career shutout and 100th victory as the Stars shined despite playing without injured leader Tyler Seguin (hip).

      Nashville, which won two of its previous three games, went 0-for-5 on the power play. Juuse Saros, who stopped 71 of 74 shots while winning his first two starts, managed 15 saves on 20 shots before being pulled after two periods. Predators veteran Pekka Rinne stopped six of the eight shots he faced in relief.

      Capitals 4, Sabres 3 (SO)

      John Carlson scored the lone shootout goal in the fourth round as short-handed Washington won its home opener, defeating Buffalo.

      Jakub Vrana had a goal and an assist and Nicklas Backstrom and Nic Dowd also scored the Capitals, who have defeated the Sabres in all three meetings this season. Rookie goalie Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves for Washington.

      The Capitals were without forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who were all placed on the COVID-19 list Wednesday. Eric Staal, Dylan Cozens and Riley Sheahan scored for the Sabres.

      Penguins 4, Rangers 3 (SO)

      Jake Guentzel and Kris Letang scored on lofted backhanders during the shootout as Pittsburgh erased a two-goal deficit to top visiting New York.

      Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry stopped two of the three skaters he faced in the shootout after making 31 saves through regulation and overtime. Bryan Rust, Jared McCann and Teddy Blueger scored in regulation for Pittsburgh, which won its third straight, all three after regulation ended.

      Filip Chytil, Adam Fox and Kaapo Kakko scored and Phillip Di Giuseppe had two assists for the Rangers. Igor Shesterkin, in addition to allowing two goals on three shots in the shootout, gave up three goals on 28 shots through regulation and overtime.

      Avalanche 3, Ducks 2 (OT)

      Gabriel Landeskog scored a wraparound goal 1:38 into overtime as Colorado posted a victory at Anaheim.

      Joonas Donskoi and Mikko Rantanen also scored goals for the Avalanche. Nineteen-year-old defenseman Bowen Byram, playing his second NHL game, delivered his first career point with the assist on Rantanen's goal. Landeskog had a two-point night. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves.

      Hampus Lindholm and Adam Henrique scored for the Ducks, who lost in overtime for the second time in their past four games. John Gibson made 29 saves.

      Coyotes 5, Golden Knights 2

      Conor Garland had a goal and two assists and Darcy Kuemper finished with 29 saves as Arizona beat Vegas in Glendale, Ariz., handing the Golden Knights their first loss of the season.

      It was the third three-plus-point game of Garland's career. Christian Dvorak and Nick Schmaltz each had a goal and assist while Derick Brassard and Jordan Oesterle also scored goals for Arizona, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Drake Caggiula added two assists.

      Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist and Cody Glass also scored a goal for Vegas, which had won a franchise-record four games in a row to begin the season. Robin Lehner made 21 saves while taking his first loss in six regular-season starts with the Golden Knights.

      Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1

      Rookie goaltender Kevin Lankinen surrendered only one goal on 31 shots to earn his first career victory in his second start as Chicago won its home opener over Detroit.

      Patrick Kane, Calvin de Haan, Andrew Shaw and Mattias Janmark scored one goal apiece for Chicago, which snapped a four-game winless drought to start the season.

      Dylan Larkin scored the lone goal for Detroit, which lost its first road game. Thomas Greiss stopped 24 of 27 shots.

      Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 2

      John Tavares broke a deadlock midway through the third period and Toronto held on for a home victory over Edmonton.

      Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for Toronto, which also got goals from Jimmy Vesey, Adam Brooks and Mitch Marner. The Leafs scored twice on the power play despite missing a pair of forwards, Auston Matthews (upper body) and Joe Thornton (rib fracture).

      Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid posted goals for the Oilers. Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped 25 shots in the loss.

      Wild 4, Sharks 1

      Minnesota spoiled the return of its former goaltender while also overcoming an injury to its own starter in net during a victory over San Jose in Saint Paul, Minn. Sharks netminder Devan Dubnyk, who played parts of six seasons for the Wild before being traded to San Jose in October, made 25 saves.

      Minnesota goalie Cam Talbot (11 saves on 12 shots faced) lasted only one period before being replaced by Kaapo Kahkonen, who stopped all 17 shots he faced in the game's final two periods. The reason for Talbot's departure was not officially announced. Wild coach Dean Evason alluded to an injury after the game, although he indicated it didn't seem serious.

      Joel Eriksson Ek and Jordan Greenway each had a goal and an assist for the Wild, who also got goals from Zach Parise and Kevin Fiala. Minnesota won for the fourth time in five games to begin the season. Matt Nieto scored the lone goal for the Sharks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Leafs C Joe Thornton (rib fracture) out for a month
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 22, 2021

    Toronto center Joe Thornton will be sidelined at least a month with a rib fracture, Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe confirmed Friday.

    • Center Auston Matthews will miss Friday night's game against the visiting Edmonton Oilers with upper-body soreness.

      Thornton, 41, left in the third period of Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Oilers after a collision with Josh Archibald.

      Thornton has one goal and one assist in five games this season, raising his 23-year career totals to 1,511 points (421 goals and 1,090 assists) in 1,641 games with the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Maple Leafs.

      The Ontario native signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with Toronto in September.

      Matthews, who did not practice on Thursday, scored the Leafs' lone goal in Wednesday's defeat. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in five games.

      The 23-year-old alternate captain has 290 points (160 goals, 130 assists) in 287 games since Toronto selected him as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Lightning remain perfect with OT win
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 22, 2021

    Brayden Point tipped in a pass from Victor Hedman in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning stayed perfect on the season with a 3-2 win over Columbus in the Blue Jackets' home opener on Thursday.

    • Hedman rushed out of his own end, started a give-and-go pass with Steven Stamkos and slid a pass to Point for the game winner in close at 1:56 into the three-on-three extra session.

      Tampa Bay, which played just its third game after postponements against Dallas (COVID-19 protocol) on Sunday and Tuesday, received goals from Blake Coleman and Mathieu Joseph. Ryan McDonagh assisted on both goals in regulation, giving him 301 points for his career. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy moved to 3-0-0 by stopping 23 of 25 shots.

      Playing in front of entirely empty stands in their first home game, Columbus got a goal and an assist from Oliver Bjorkstrand, and Nick Foligno netted on the power play. Joonas Korpisalo made 34 saves on 37 shots for Columbus, which lost its second consecutive 3-2 overtime game.

      Bruins 5, Flyers 4 (SO)

      Jake DeBrusk scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift host Boston past Philadelphia.

      Nick Ritchie had one goal and one assist while Brandon Carlo, Jack Studnicka and Charlie Coyle also scored goals for the Bruins. David Krejci added two assists. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 22 saves, including several spectacular stops late in overtime.

      James van Riemsdyk scored two goals for the Flyers while Claude Giroux and Travis Sanheim had one goal apiece. Jake Voracek contributed three assists to eclipse the 700-point mark for his career.

      Canadiens 7, Canucks 3

      Tyler Toffoli had his second multipoint game in two nights, collecting two goals and an assist to lead Montreal past host Vancouver.

      Toffoli became the third player in NHL history to score each of his first five regular-season goals for a new franchise against one of his former teams. He logged his fourth career hat trick Wednesday in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Canucks.

      Joel Armia added two goals and two assists for the Canadiens while Josh Anderson, Jake Evans and Ben Chiarot each had a single goal. Bo Horvat scored twice for the Canucks, Brandon Sutter had a goal and Tyler Myers notched two assists.

      Jets 4, Senators 1

      Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist as visiting Winnipeg beat Ottawa.

      Kyle Connor had two assists for Winnipeg. Adam Lowry and Blake Wheeler scored the Jets' other two goals.

      Winnipeg has won its last two games while the Senators are on a three-game winless streak (0-2-1).

      Islanders 4, Devils 1

      Jordan Eberle scored twice and Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists for New York, which never trailed in defeating New Jersey in Uniondale, N.Y.

      Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders, who have won two consecutive games. Goalie Semyon Varlamov, whose season-opening shutout streak was snapped at 142 minutes and 10 seconds when Nathan Bastian scored in the second period, made 30 saves.

      Varlamov's streak was the eighth-longest season-opening shutout stretch in NHL history and the longest since Darcy Kuemper went 164 minutes and 2 seconds at the start of the 2014-15 season. Emergency starter Scott Wedgewood recorded 31 saves in net for the Devils, who lost Mackenzie Blackwood to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list less than two hours before faceoff.

      Kings 4, Avalanche 2

      Adrian Kempe scored the tiebreaking goal with just under four minutes to play and Los Angeles edged visiting Colorado for its first victory of the season in four tries.

      Drew Doughty and Gabriel Vilardi also scored power-play goals in the second period as the Kings topped the Avalanche two days after their rally against Colorado fell a goal short. Blake Lizotte added an empty-net goal for the Kings with 41.1 seconds remaining.

      Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon scored first-period goals for the Avalanche, with each recording an assist, but the Colorado offense was unable to deliver from there. Gabriel Landeskog hit the post with 1:57 remaining as the Avalanche nearly tied the game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks place veteran D Travis Hamonic on IR
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 21, 2021

    The Vancouver Canucks placed defenseman Travis Hamonic on injured reserve Thursday because of an upper-body injury.

    • Hamonic, 30, has two assists in five games this season. He has appeared in 642 career games across 11 seasons, tallying 37 goals and 153 assists.

      The Canucks signed Hamonic to a one-year, $1.25 million deal just before the start of the season. He spent seven years with the New York Islanders and three years with the Calgary Flames before coming to Vancouver.

      In a corresponding move, the Canucks recalled defenseman Brogan Rafferty from the taxi squad. Rafferty, 25, appeared in two games with Vancouver during the 2018-19 campaign.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flyers' Morgan Frost (shoulder) out indefinitely
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 21, 2021

    Philadelphia Flyers forward Morgan Frost and defenseman Philippe Myers are nursing significant injuries, the team announced Thursday.

    • Frost, 21, is sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated left shoulder sustained in a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. He was injured following a collision with Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe.

      Frost has yet to record a point in two games this season. He has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 22 career games since being selected by the Flyers with the 27th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft.

      Myers, 23, fractured his rib in the first period of the same game. He is considered week-to-week by the team.

      Myers, who yet to dent the scoresheet in four games this season, has collected 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 75 career contests with Philadelphia.

      The Flyers are also playing without reigning Selke Trophy recipient Sean Couturier (costochondral separation) and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who is on the NHL's COVID-19 list.

      Forward Connor Bunnaman and defenseman Mark Friedman will make their respective season debuts on Thursday against the Boston Bruins.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Canucks blow 4 leads, top Habs in shootout
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 21, 2021

    Bo Horvat scored twice in a three-point game and netted the shootout winner as the Vancouver Canucks claimed their home opener by a 6-5 count over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

    • Braden Holtby made 31 saves for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak with a win that saw them blow four separate leads, then tie the game late before prevailing. Brock Boeser added two goals and an assist for Vancouver, Tyler Motte contributed a goal and J.T. Miller collected three assists.

      Former Canuck Tyler Toffoli's hat trick wasn't enough for the Canadiens, who also got a goal and an assist from Jesperi Kotkaniemi and a goal from Brendan Gallagher. Montreal goalie Carey Price stopped 23 shots.

      The Canucks took a hit on the blue line, however, as veteran defenseman Alexander Elder left the game early in the second period and didn't return. The Canucks and Canadiens meet again Thursday and Saturday in Vancouver.

      Sharks 2, Blues 1 (OT)

      Martin Jones made 23 saves as San Jose earned a shootout victory at St. Louis.

      Marcus Sorensen scored in regulation and Tomas Hertl produced the lone shootout goal in the fourth round for the Sharks, who earned a split in the two-game set at Enterprise Center. St. Louis won the first matchup 5-4 on Monday.

      Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues and Jordan Binnington stopped 37 of 38 shots. The Blues missed two veterans from the blue line, and it showed. Robert Bortuzzo is on injured reserve due to an upper-body injury and Marco Scandella was a late scratch because of an upper-body injury.

      Golden Knights 5, Coyotes 2

      Shea Theodore scored two goals and Alex Tuch had a goal and two assists as Vegas remained unbeaten with a victory over Arizona in Las Vegas.

      It was the third two-goal game of Theodore's career. Mark Stone and Alex Pietrangelo each added a goal and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for Vegas, which improved to 4-0-0, the best start to a season in the franchise's four-year history.

      Nick Schmaltz and Phil Kessel scored goals and Darcy Kuemper had 24 saves for Arizona. The teams resume their four-game series with a back-to-back set in Glendale, Ariz., starting Friday night.

      Wild 3, Ducks 2

      Joel Eriksson Ek scored less than two minutes into the third period and Minnesota beat Anaheim to complete a season-opening, four-game road trip.

      Ryan Hartman scored a short-handed goal for the Wild and Nick Bonino added a power-play tally. It was Minnesota's first power-play goal in 19 tries on the season.

      Nicolas Deslauriers and Cam Fowler each scored second-period goals for Anaheim, matching the Ducks' goal total in their past two games combined.

      Oilers 3, Maple Leafs 1

      Leon Draisaitl's first goal of the season, a power-play tally at 6:44 of the third period, proved to be the game-winner as Edmonton prevailed at Toronto.

      Kailer Yamamoto and Josh Archibald also scored for the Oilers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Archibald hit an empty net 66 seconds remaining in the game.

      After posting a 3.80 goals-against average in his first four games of the season, Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen stopped 25 of 26 Toronto shots for his second victory. Auston Matthews scored and Frederik Andersen made 19 saves for the Maple Leafs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Capitals fined for COVID-19 protocols violation
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 20, 2021

    The Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 on Wednesday for a violation of health and safety protocols.

    • Four players were also placed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol-related absences list, including star Alex Ovechkin.

      Ovechkin was joined by teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and goalie Ilya Samsonov on the list that deems them "unavailable to play or practice, in accordance with the league's COVID protocols."

      The players were placed on the list after they were found to have gathered together in a hotel room.

      At this time, none of the players have tested positive for the virus.

      The players' availability for Friday's home game against the Sabres has yet to be announced. The Capitals play five times between Jan. 22-30.

      The Capitals organization acknowledged the situation Wednesday and went along with the NHL's decision.

      "Our training staff has worked extremely hard to create a safe environment for our players and staff to be able to compete this season," the team said. "We are disappointed by our players' choice to interact in their hotel room and outside of team approved areas. We accept the NHL's decision and once again will reiterate the COVID-19 protocols in place to make sure the players are in full compliance moving forward."

      Ovechkin apologized for the incident.

      "I regret my choice to spend time together with my teammates in our hotel room and away from the locker room areas," he said in a statement. "I will learn from this experience."

      The Capitals began the season 2-0-2 and sit atop the East Division. Ovechkin currently leads the team with five points, while Kuznetsov, Orlov and Samsonov have all been key contributors for Washington thus far.

      --Field Level Media

  • Two more Hurricanes games postponed amid outbreak
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 20, 2021

    With five players on the COVID-19 absence list, the Carolina Hurricanes postponed games through Saturday and shut down their training facilities, the NHL announced Wednesday.

    • Both of Carolina's games were to be played at home against the Florida Panthers on Thursday and Saturday. The action comes after the Canes' game Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators was also called off.

      "The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Hurricanes' regular season schedule," the NHL said in a statement.

      Carolina captain Jordan Staal was placed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list last Friday. The other four players placed on the list have not been identified.

      Carolina's training facility will remain closed until further notice, the league said.

      The Hurricanes are scheduled to host Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

      These are the third and fourth postponements for the Panthers, who have played just two games. Florida is scheduled to play at Columbus on Tuesday.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Sidney Crosby's OT goal lifts Pens over Caps
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 20, 2021

    Sidney Crosby swept in a rebound 1:11 into overtime Tuesday for his third point as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a pair of two-goal deficits to top the visiting Washington Capitals 5-4.

    • Crosby notched the 17th OT tally of his career, tying Ilya Kovalchuk for third in NHL history. He trails only Alex Ovechkin (23) and Jaromir Jagr (19).

      Jake Guentzel and Teddy Blueger each had a goal and an assist while Colton Sceviour and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins. Kris Letang and Crosby each had two assists. Pittsburgh goaltender Casey DeSmith made 22 saves and picked up his first career assist.

      Tom Wilson scored twice, Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored, and Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves for Washington.

      Flyers 3, Sabres 0

      Kevin Hayes had one goal and one assist, Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek each scored once and host Philadelphia defeated Buffalo.

      Flyers backup goaltender Brian Elliott stopped all 40 shots in his first start of the season. Elliott, who holds a career mark of 14-2-2 against the Sabres, has 41 career shutouts.

      Philadelphia lost a pair of players -- Phil Myers and Morgan Frost -- to undisclosed injuries during the game. Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton also left with an apparent upper-body injury after two periods with Jonas Johansson starting the third. Johansson made eight saves and Hutton had 19.

      Devils 4, Rangers 3

      Jack Hughes scored twice and added an assist as visiting New Jersey held on for a victory over New York.

      Hughes continued his quick start by being involved in each of New Jersey's three goals in the second period. The 2019 No. 1 overall draft pick recorded his first career two-goal game and second career three-point game. Travis Zajac scored 32 seconds in and Miles Wood scored for the third straight game as the Devils won their second straight.

      Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad scored power-play goals in the second period for the Rangers. Filip Chytil scored New York's other goal in the third period.

      Panthers 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT)

      Frank Vatrano scored 2:50 into overtime as Florida beat Chicago in Sunrise, Fla.

      Aleksander Barkov slipped a sharp pass to the right circle to Vatrano, who one-timed his first goal of the season for the game winner. The Panthers earned their second win in successive matchups with the Blackhawks to begin their season.

      Newcomer Carter Verhaeghe scored twice as did Patric Hornqvist. On Florida's "unfit to play" list since camp opened Jan. 3, No. 1 goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made his first appearance and turned aside 30 of 34 shots. Dominik Kubalik netted his first two goals for Chicago, which lost their fourth straight to start the season.

      Red Wings 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT)

      Tyler Bertuzzi scored his first goal of the season 15 seconds into overtime and host Detroit avenged a one-goal loss to Columbus the previous day.

      Dylan Larkin carried the puck into the Blue Jackets' zone and blasted a shot from the right circle. Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins made the save but the rebound bounced off Bertuzzi's thigh and into the net.

      Bobby Ryan scored his fourth goal in three games for the Red Wings. Anthony Mantha had the other Detroit goal while Jonathan Bernier made 22 saves. Boone Jenner and Alexandre Texier scored for the Blue Jackets while Merzlikins made 24 saves.

      Jets 4, Senators 3 (OT)

      Nikolaj Ehlers scored the overtime winner as visiting Winnipeg erased a two-goal deficit to beat Ottawa. Seconds after Jets goalie Laurent Brossoit made a clutch save, Ehlers converted on a two-on-one rush with Andrew Copp at the 2:20 mark.

      Brossoit made 38 saves for the Jets, who have won two of three games to start the season, both in overtime. Oddly enough, Winnipeg has yet to hold a lead during regulation time.

      Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist for the Jets, and Adam Lowry and Kyle Connor added goals. Josh Norris, Chris Tierney and Alex Galchenyuk were the goal-scorers for the Senators, who got a 24-save effort from Matt Murray.

      Avalanche 3, Kings 2

      Brandon Saad scored three minutes into the game and Colorado held on for a victory at Los Angeles.

      Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen added power-play goals two minutes apart in the second period, giving the Avalanche six second-period goals in their last two games. Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves as Colorado earned its second consecutive victory.

      Andreas Athanasiou prevented the shutout, scoring for Los Angeles with 12:10 remaining. He has a goal in each of the Kings' three games, all defeats. Adrian Kempe added his first of the season for Los Angeles with 5:38 to play on a power play.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche acquire Greg Pateryn from Wild for Ian Cole
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    The Colorado Avalanche acquired Greg Pateryn from the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in exchange for fellow defenseman Ian Cole.

    • Pateryn, 30, recorded two points -- both assists -- in three games for the Wild this season. He has 41 points (four goals, 37 assists) in 270 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and Wild.

      Earlier on Tuesday, Pateryn was fined $5,000 -- the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement -- for cross-checking Anaheim Ducks forward Sonny Milano in Minnesota's 1-0 loss on Monday. No penalty was assessed on the play.

      "Greg is a strong, veteran defenseman who plays a heavy game," Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic said. "He's a hard-nosed, competitive player who can kill penalties, block shots and brings some additional grit to our back line.

      "We thank Ian for his two years with the Avalanche, for his efforts both on the ice as well as in the community. We wish him the best of luck moving forward."

      Cole, 31, had yet to record a point in two games this season.

      A two-time Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh, Cole has collected 138 points (26 goals, 112 assists) in 543 career games with the St. Louis Blues, Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Avalanche.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks' Elias Pettersson given maximum fine for slash
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    The NHL's Department of Player Safety was quite busy on Tuesday.

    • The department announced a $3,987.07 fine for Vancouver Canucks star forward Elias Pettersson following his slash to Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames during Monday's game. The fine is the maximum allowed for such an infraction under the collective bargaining agreement.

      Pettersson was given a two-minute high-sticking penalty after his slash to Monahan in the Canucks' 5-2 loss to the Flames. The 22-year-old Swede was named as the Calder Memorial Trophy recipient following the 2018-19 season.

      Philadelphia Flyers forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Minnesota Wild defenseman Greg Pateryn also were hit in the wallet on Tuesday. Later in the day, the Wild traded Pateryn to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for fellow defenseman Ian Cole.

      Aube-Kubel, 24, was fined $4,633.62 for roughing Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin in the Flyers' 6-1 setback on Monday. The fine was the maximum allowed under the CBA for Aube-Kubel, who received a double minor for high-sticking on the play.

      Pateryn was fined $5,000, also the maximum allowed under the CBA, for cross-checking Anaheim Ducks forward Sonny Milano during Monday's 1-0 loss. No penalty was assessed on the play.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tuesday night's Hurricanes-Predators game postponed
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    Tuesday night's game between the Carolina Hurricanes and host Nashville Predators has been postponed.

    • "The decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts," the league announced.

      The teams played on Monday night in Nashville, with Carolina posting a 4-2 win.

      No makeup date was announced.

      TSN reported the postponement was related to COVID-19 concerns within the Hurricanes.

      Carolina captain Jordan Staal was placed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list on Friday and has not played since a season-opening 3-0 win at Detroit last Thursday.

      The Hurricanes are scheduled to return to Raleigh, N.C., for a six-game homestand starting Thursday night against the Florida Panthers.

      The Predators return to the ice Friday night on the road against the Dallas Stars.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Isles earn late 1-0 win over Bruins
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored with 4:09 remaining in the game and Semyon Varlamov recorded his second shutout of the season to lift the New York Islanders to a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday at Uniondale, N.Y.

    • Varlamov made 27 saves in his return after being injured in warmups prior to the team's 5-0 setback against the New York Rangers on Saturday. He stopped all 24 shots he faced in a 4-0 win over the Rangers in the season opener on Thursday.

      Locked in a defensive struggle, New York made the most of a fortunate carom to deliver the game's lone goal late in the third period. Defenseman Adam Pelech's blast from the point caromed off the blade of the stick of Boston captain Patrice Bergeron, and Pageau alertly batted the puck out of the air and over the right shoulder of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.

      Rask finished with 16 saves for the Bruins, who are now 9-1-1 in their past 11 encounters with the Islanders.

      Blues 5, Sharks 4

      Jordan Kyrou scored his second game-winning goal of the season, the tiebreaking tally in the third period, as St. Louis outgunned visiting San Jose.

      Kyrou added an assist in the see-saw game. Justin Faulk scored twice, Brayden Schenn and Mike Hoffman scored once and Colton Parayko earned two assists for the Blues. Jordan Binnington made 22 saves to earn the victory.

      Logan Couture scored twice and added an assist for the Sharks. Brent Burns (goal, two assists), Kevin Labanc (goal, assist) and Tomas Hertl (two assists) also had multi-point games. Devan Dubnyk stopped 28 of 33 shots in his first start for San Jose.

      Ducks 1, Wild 0

      Nicolas Deslauriers scored a goal early in the third period and host Anaheim earned its first victory of the season, defeating Minnesota.

      Deslauriers took a feed from the right corner by Kevin Shattenkirk and scored into a wide-open goal behind Wild goaltender Cam Talbot (26 saves) at 4:09 of the final period. Deslauriers became the first Ducks player to score other than Max Comtois, who had all three Anaheim goals in the first two games.

      Ducks goaltender John Gibson recorded 34 saves in his 20th career shutout. He was poised for a 1-0 shutout at Las Vegas on Saturday, but the Golden Knights scored with 1:22 remaining in regulation and won it seven seconds into overtime.

      Sabres 6, Flyers 1

      Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar each scored two goals to lift visiting Buffalo past Philadelphia.

      Reinhart registered the 10th multi-goal effort of his career. Henri Jokiharju and Victor Olofsson added one goal each for the Sabres.

      Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who lost for the first time after opening the season with a pair of victories over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Canadiens 3, Oilers 1

      Alexander Romanov scored his first NHL goal while Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen each scored once to lead Montreal to a victory at Edmonton.

      Devin Shore had the lone goal for the Oilers, scoring on a short-handed breakaway late in the game to spoil Jake Allen's shutout bid in the Montreal net. Allen made 25 saves while Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped 31 shots.

      The victory gave the Canadiens a sweep of their two-game set against the Oilers, as Montreal won 5-1 on Saturday.

      Maple Leafs 3, Jets 1

      Mitchell Marner scored two goals and Frederik Andersen made 27 saves as Toronto recorded a victory over visiting Winnipeg.

      Both Marner and John Tavares scored during a lopsided second period that saw the Leafs outshoot Winnipeg by a 22-6 margin. Nine of those shots came during a power-play chance that resulted in the game's first goal.

      Kyle Connor scored just 34 seconds after Marner's goal, giving the Jets renewed life at the end of an otherwise disastrous period. Winnipeg pressed for the equalizer during the third period but couldn't capitalize on either of two power plays in the final 20 minutes. The Jets went 0-for-4 on the power play.

      Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2

      Alexandre Texier scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist, and Columbus notched its first win by edging host Detroit.

      Pierre-Luc Dubois also scored for Columbus, which lost its first two games against Nashville. Joonas Korpisalo made 35 saves.

      Bobby Ryan scored twice for the Red Wings while Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots.

      Hurricanes 4, Predators 2

      Vincent Trocheck, Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter scored third-period goals as Carolina defeated host Nashville, handing the Predators their first loss in three games this season.

      Goalie James Reimer made his first appearance of the season for the Hurricanes, stopping 31 shots. Aho, Trocheck and Andrei Svechnikov each provided a goal and two assists for Carolina. Svechnikov has three goals across the team's first three games.

      Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson scored for the Predators, who have dropped eight of their past nine meetings with Carolina, going 1-6-2. Arvidsson also had an assist. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 20 stops for Nashville.

      Flames 5, Canucks 2

      Johnny Gaudreau collected one goal and one assist to lead Calgary to a home victory over Vancouver.

      Mikael Backlund, Elias Lindholm, Mark Giordano and Rasmus Andersoon also scored for Calgary. Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots for the Flames, who were dominated in the first period but flipped the script the rest of the way en route to a second consecutive victory over the Canucks.

      Vancouver goals by Jake Virtanen, past the midway point of the first period, and Tyler Myers, while his team was short-handed late in the third period, bookended the bulk of Calgary's offensive attack. Both of the Canucks' tallies came after the shot ricocheted off a Flames defender. Vancouver's Thatcher Demko stopped 27 shots.

      Golden Knights 4, Coyotes 2

      Reilly Smith scored two goals to highlight Vegas' three-goal third period as the Golden Knights rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Arizona in Las Vegas.

      Robin Lehner made 30 saves to help the Golden Knights win their third consecutive game to start the season. Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Golden Knights, who have outscored their opponents 7-0 in the third period this season.

      Tyler Pitlick and Nick Schmaltz scored for Arizona while Darcy Kuemper finished with 24 saves.

      --Field Level Media

  • Coyotes F Oliver Ekman-Larsson (lower body) to miss 3-4 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 18, 2021

    Arizona Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson is expected to miss 3-4 weeks because of a lower-body injury, according to a report from the Arizona Republic on Monday.

    • Ekman-Larsson, 29, has three assists in two games this season. He last played Saturday against the San Jose Sharks, registering a three-point game and a plus-2 rating in more than 17 minutes of ice time.

      The Coyotes veteran was injured on a hit by Sharks forward Evander Kane in the third period of Saturday's game. Ekman-Larsson stayed on the ice after the hit along the end boards as Coyotes players barked at Kane.

      In 725 career games, Ekman-Larsson has 125 goals and 242 assists for 367 points. He has 452 penalty minutes.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets F Patrik Laine (upper body) to miss game at Leafs
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 18, 2021

    The Winnipeg Jets will be without forward Patrik Laine when they play at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

    • Jets coach Paul Maurice said Laine, who left practice early Sunday and Monday morning, is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

      Laine, 22, was the Jets' star on opening night, when he capped a two-goal, one-assist performance with an overtime goal against the Calgary Flames last Thursday. The Jets haven't played a game since then.

      The native of Finland was third on the Jets in goals last season with 28. He has 140 goals and 110 assists in 306 career regular-season NHL games, all with Winnipeg.

      The Jets are scheduled to play at Ottawa on Tuesday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs F Nick Robertson (knee) out at least 4 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 18, 2021

    Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nick Robertson will miss at least four weeks due to a knee injury sustained in his NHL regular-season debut.

    • The injury occurred Saturday in the first period of the Leafs' 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

      Robertson, 19, was the No. 53 overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft by Toronto. He made his NHL debut in August in the Stanley Cup qualifiers to conclude the 2019-20 season and played in four games. He scored a goal in the 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3.

      The Maple Leafs are scheduled to host the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs place F Jason Spezza on waivers
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 17, 2021

    The Toronto Maple Leafs placed veteran forward Jason Spezza and goaltender Aaron Dell on waivers Sunday.

    • Spezza, 37, skated in all three games so far this season and registered one assist while averaging 7:44 of ice time.

      He signed a one-year deal for the league minimum of $700,000 in October, hoping for one more shot at winning his first Stanley Cup with his hometown team.

      Spezza has scored 941 points (341 goals, 600 assists) in 1,126 career games with the Ottawa Senators (2002-14), Dallas Stars (2014-19) and Maple Leafs. He tallied 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 58 games in his first season with Toronto in 2019-20.

      Spezza was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft by Ottawa.

      Dell, 31, has not played yet for the Maple Leafs. He signed a one-year, $800,000 contract in October following four seasons with the San Jose Sharks.

      He compiled a 48-34-12 record with a 2.76 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in 107 games (89 starts) for the Sharks from 2016-20.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Vegas scores quick OT win over Anaheim
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 17, 2021

    Max Pacioretty scored seven seconds into overtime as the Vegas Golden Knights completed a sweep of their season-opening two-game series with the Anaheim Ducks with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

    • Pacioretty's one-timer from the bottom of the right circle into the top right corner came at the end of a two-on-one break with Mark Stone, who scooped up a loose puck on the opening faceoff of overtime and then broke into the Anaheim zone.

      It was the fastest goal to start a period in Vegas team history and came just 89 seconds after teammate William Karlsson had scored to tie the game.

      Marc-Andre Fleury had 21 saves for the Golden Knights, who won for the 12th time in 14 games in team history against the Ducks. Max Comtois scored the lone goal for Anaheim, while John Gibson finished with 31 saves.

      Devils 2, Bruins 1 (OT)

      Egor Sharangovich scored his first NHL goal with 1.7 seconds left in overtime as New Jersey edged Boston at Newark, N.J.

      The teams appeared headed for a shootout for the second straight game -- the Bruins won the season opener 3-2 on Thursday -- before Damon Severson corralled the puck near center ice and sent a no-look backhand pass toward a streaking Sharangovich. The 22-year-old, who made his NHL debut Thursday, bore in alone on Jaroslav Halak and fired a shot under his stick hand.

      Miles Wood scored the Devils' first goal and continued to rankle the Bruins with his edgy play. Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood made 27 saves. Patrice Bergeron scored a short-handed goal in the second period for the Bruins. Halak recorded 29 saves.

      Coyotes 5, Sharks 3

      Phil Kessel scored two goals and Oliver Ekman-Larsson added three assists to lead Arizona over San Jose at Glendale, Ariz.

      Barrett Hayton, Jakob Chychrun and Clayton Keller all notched goals for the Coyotes, and goaltender Antti Raanta stopped 31 of 34 shots faced.

      Ryan Donato, Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl found the net for the Sharks. Goalie Martin Jones (19 saves) was lifted after allowing all five goals, and substitute Devan Dubnyk stopped both shots he faced.

      Canadiens 5, Oilers 1

      Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar scored two goals each while Jake Evans added a goal as Montreal used a second-period onslaught to defeat host Edmonton.

      The Canadiens scored three times in the opening 9:17 of the second period and also killed off three Oilers power plays in the second. Montreal goaltender Carey Price had 34 saves, losing his shutout at 12:59 of the third period when Slater Koekkoek scored his first of the season for the Oilers off the rebound of his own shot.

      The Oilers fell for the second time in three games as Connor McDavid was held to an assist one game after he delivered the NHL's first hat trick of the season in a victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

      Rangers 5, Islanders 0

      Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin each scored two goals to lead the New York Rangers past the visiting New York Islanders.

      The Rangers also received a goal from 19-year-old Kaapo Kakko, while Alexandar Georgiev recorded a shutout in goal with 23 saves.

      Goaltender Ilya Sorokin saved 27 of 32 shots for the Islanders in the loss.

      Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 2

      Dylan Larkin scored a pair of goals to help lead host Detroit past Carolina on Saturday.

      Bobby Ryan and Robby Fabbri also scored for the Red Wings, who avenged a shutout loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday. Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 of 31 shots in net.

      The Hurricanes received goals from Andrei Svechnikov and Vincent Trocheck in the loss.

      Maple Leafs 3, Senators 2

      Mitch Marner scored a goal and dished out two assists to lead visiting Toronto past Ottawa on Saturday.

      Auston Matthews and Joe Thornton both added goals for the Maple Leafs, who won their second game of the season. Jack Campbell won his debut in goal with 17 saves.

      The Senators saw Nick Paul and first-round pick Tim Stutzle score goals in a close defeat.

      Predators 5, Blue Jackets 2

      Brad Richardson scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to lift Nashville past visiting Columbus.

      Filip Forsberg, Colton Sissons, Rocco Grimaldi and Luke Kunin also scored for the Predators, while Juuse Saros made 42 saves in goal.

      The Blue Jackets got goals from Alexandre Texier and Nick Foligno, and Elvis Merzlikins stopped 28 shots in the loss.

      Wild 4, Kings 3 (OT)

      Marcus Johansson scored the game-winning goal with just 11 seconds left in overtime as Minnesota took down host Los Angeles.

      Ryan Suter, Mathew Dumba and Joel Eriksson Ek all scored for the Wild, who defeated the Kings for the second straight night in overtime.

      The Kings were led by goals from Andreas Athanasiou, Blake Lizotte and Gabriel Vilardi.

      Flames 3, Canucks 0

      Jacob Markstrom turned away 32 shots in goal to help Calgary shut out visiting Vancouver.

      It was a sweet moment for Markstrom, who previously played for the Canucks before joining the Flames this season. Matthew Tkachuk, Dillon Dube and Sean Monahan scored for Calgary to lead the way.

      Braden Holtby stopped 32 of 35 shots in the loss for the Canucks

      --Field Level Media