Alex Turcotte scored the first goal of his NHL career and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Wednesday.
Turcotte, whose father Réal (known as Alfie) was the Montreal Canadiens’ first choice in 1983, waited almost four years for this big moment after being selected fifth overall in 2019. The 22-year-old American center whose grandfather is Quebec and played only his fourteenth game in the league. He also assisted on Trevor Lewis’ goal in the third period.
David Rittich, for his part, was solid in front of the cage, making a season-high 39 saves in the win.
The Preds currently find themselves out of the playoffs for the first time since December 9 after losing their last three games.
Midway through the first period, Carl Grundstrom recovered the puck in the neutral zone before attacking with Turcotte. With an accurate shot he beat Juuse Saros and opened the scoring.
In the second, Trevor Moore crossed the ice at high speed and this time gave Turcotte the opportunity to score the long-awaited goal that made the score 2-0.
Taking advantage of a lucky rebound, Filip Forsberg scored his 24th goal of the season in the third and Philip Tomasino also scored with 3:25 left to keep the Preds in the game.
Kevin Fiala, however, sealed the result with an empty net.
Quinton Byfield returned to action for the Kings after missing the last two games because he was sick. He got an assist.
For Nashville, Alexandre Carrier was out after leaving Monday’s game in the first period in an overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators. The Quebec defender, who participated in morning training today, has 4 goals and 10 assists in 46 games.
The Anaheim Ducks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime to secure their second victory.
They rallied from a third-period deficit to win for the ninth time this season, an NHL record.
Troy Terry brought both teams back to square one by scoring with 1:01 left in regulation. Frank Vatrano put the finishing touch to overtime with his 22nd goal of the campaign. John Gibson made 26 saves.
In the defeat, Quebec’s Marc-Édouard Vlasic scored for the third consecutive game and for the fifth time in his last nine games.
Anaheim struck early, 2:12 into the game. Jakob Silfverberg sent the puck in front of the net and Isac Lundestrom scored from the slot.
Anthony Duclair tied the game with his ninth goal of the season shortly after, in the five-man attack, while well positioned at the mouth of the net.
John Gibson held down the fort during some important sequences, notably frustrating Calen Addison on two occasions by taking out the right pad. However, he ended up giving up to Vlasic late in the second period on a shot from the blue line before the Ducks turned things around.