The Canucks gave themselves a scare, but held off the Devils’ comeback and won the game 6-4 in what should have been the second edition of the “Hughes Game.”
Defeated 6 to 5 on December 5 in the first game where the three Hughes brothers faced each other, the Canucks took the necessary measures to get revenge. The Canadian team scored three goals in less than five minutes at the start of the second half to take a comfortable three-goal lead. Elias Pettersson preceded two goals from JT Miller to give his team the lead.
Colin Miller stopped the bleeding with his first of the season just over two minutes after the other Miller’s second. Erik Haula cut the Canucks’ lead to a single goal with 23 seconds left in the period, but Conor Garland took advantage of his speed to circle the net and give his team two priority goals just 12 seconds later.
Pettersson seemed to have put the match out of reach with his 17my of the season – there are 2my of the game, which was then 5 to 2 at the beginning of the third. Midway through the period, Colin Miller and Brendan Smith each scored in less than two minutes to make it 5-4 and put pressure on the Canucks.
Dakota Joshua opened the door late in the game with a penalty with 4:31 left, but the Canucks’ penalty and Thatcher Demko held. Joshua made up for his mistake by scoring the sure goal with a good shot into an empty goal.
The game should have been the second edition of the “Hughes Game,” but an injury to Jack, sustained Friday against the Blackhawks, kept him out of the game. In his absence, Quinn provided a three-assist performance, while Luke was held to one assist.
In addition to their two goals, JT Miller and Pettersson added an assist. In the win, Demko turned away 21 pucks and scored his 19th.my victory of the season. Nico Daws made 36 saves.
California smiles in the leaves
The Toronto Maple Leafs controlled the game throughout the game to easily defeat the Sharks 4-1 at the SAP Center in San Jose and sign their third victory in as many games during their trip to California.
Mitchell Marner opened the scoring on a power play in the first period and the Leafs never looked back after that.
Calle Jarnkrok then doubled the lead with his 10my of the season at the end of the second half.
The third period was all about William Nylander, who found the back of the net twice. Mikael Granlund responded for the Sharks to save the honor.
this is an 11my Direct defeat for the Sharks. The two teams will meet again on Tuesday in Toronto.
A double by Frederic in the dominance of the Bruins
Trent Frederic scored twice, David Pastrnak scored his 24th goal of the season and the Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3.
Charlie McAvoy, Morgan Geekie, Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk also turned on the red light for the Bruins, who have won five of their last six games.
Hampus Lindholm and Matthew Poitras each added two assists and Linus Ullmark made 23 saves.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper will have to wait before reaching 500 career wins, with 499 victories, as he received a misconduct penalty after accidentally hitting the hand of an official player.
Brayden Point scored twice for the Lightning, who suffered a fourth loss in six games. Nikita Kucherov finished the game with a goal and two assists, while Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 20 shots.
Girgensons cuts late in the third against Pittsburgh
Zemgus Girgensons scored on a loose puck near Tristan Jarry late in the third period to give the Buffalo Sabers the lead, who defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1.
The Penguins tied the game early in the third when Rickard Rakell scored his fourth goal of the season on a power play.
The Sabers responded when Girgensons drove into the Penguins’ net before hitting a backhand shot with 4:38 left. Rasmus Dahlin added the insurance goal into the empty net.
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 41 saves for the Sabres. Alex Tuch also scored for the Sabres, who earned their third win in four games.
Jarry stopped 29 pucks for the Penguins, who had two goals disallowed in the first half.
A net by Drew O’Connor was ruled out on video review for offside, then referees ruled that Jake Guentzel was obstructing Luukkonen when he deflected a shot a few minutes later.
A Forsberg double makes the difference
Filip Forsberg scored two goals early in the third period and the Nashville Predators defeated the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Saturday.
Gustav Nyquist scored a goal and added an assist for the Predators, who have not lost in regulation in their last six road games (5-0-1).
Lucas Evangelista also found the back of the net to help his team move within four points of the Stars, in third place in the Central section. Kevin Lankinen stopped 26 pucks.
Jason Robertson scored two points, including a goal for the Stars, who ended a five-game home streak with a 2-2-1 record. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn were the other scorers, while Scott Wedgewood stopped 18 pucks.
The Predators got revenge after losing 3-2 to the Stars on December 23rd. The latter scored the tying and winning goals in the final 15 seconds of the third period, a first in National Hockey League history.
Brayden Schenn scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
Sebastian Aho of the Hurricanes and Jake Neighbors of the Blues had already hit the mark during the fourth round.
Nathan Walker turned on the red light in regulation time to help the Blues win a second straight game. Jordan Binnington made 29 saves.
Teuvo Teravainen scored for the Hurricanes and Antti Raanta stopped 21 shots. Teravainen ended a five-game goalless streak by scoring his 14th goal of the campaign.
The Hurricanes saw their five-game winning streak come to an end in the first of six straight home games.
The Knights return to success
Jack Eichel and Nicolas Roy each scored two goals and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Saturday night.
Pavel Dorofeyev also scored for the Golden Knights, who had lost six of their last seven games and were outscored 29-15. Logan Thompson made 28 saves.
Mathew Barzal and Matt Martin scored as the Islanders lost for the third time in four games (1-2-1). Ilya Sorokin stopped 24 pucks.
Eichel scored in the first and third periods, the latter with an assist from rookie Lukas Cormier, who was playing his first NHL game.