EDMONTON — Nathan MacKinnon scored the game-winning goal on Saturday night after scoring the Colorado Avalanche’s only regulation-time goal in a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Darcy Kuemper made 49 saves in the win as the Avalanche (52-14-6) improved to 11-1-1 in their last 13 games. The team set a new franchise record with a 52nd win this season.
Warren Foegele replied for the Oilers (42-25-6) who saw their winning streak stop at six. They had also won their last nine home games.
No goals were scored in the first two periods. It was finally Foegele who broke the ice at 5:24 of the third period by deflecting a shot from Darnell Nurse behind Kuemper.
The Avalanche tied the game with 5:07 to go when a shot hit Valeri Nichushkin in front of the net before falling into the hands of MacKinnon who scored from the backhand.
Max Pacioretty back; the Knights too strong for the Coyotes
Brayden McNabb scored a goal and provided two assists to help the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-1 on Saturday night.
With this win, the Knights approach two points from the third position held by the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division. Both teams have nine games left to play.
Coyotes 1 – Golden Knights 6
The Golden Knights, who have won six of their last seven games, are tied for eighth in the Western Conference with the Dallas Stars with 84 points. The Stars, however, have two more games to play.
Zach Whitecloud, Max Pacioretty, Evgenii Dadonov, Jake Leschyshyn and Jack Eichel also scored for the hosts as Robin Lehner made 29 saves.
No less than 12 Knights players collected at least one point in the game.
Barrett Hayton scored the Coyotes’ lone goal. Karel Vejmelka stopped 33 shots.
Eichel’s goal was his 150th career, scored in his 400th game.
The Canucks have the best on the Sharks and stay in the race for the playoffs
Fresh off two big wins on the road this week, the Vancouver Canucks kept their slim hope of making the playoffs alive by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Saturday night.
Jason Dickinson, Conor Garland, Alex Chiasson and Luke Schenn scored the goals for the Canucks. Tomas Hertl and Nick Bonino replied for the Sharks (29-33-9).
Thatcher Demko repelled 34 shots in front of the Canucks net (35-28-10), reaching the 30-win mark for the first time in his career.
At the other end of the rink, Kaapo Kahkonen made 35 saves. He’s 0-3-0 since joining the Sharks in a trade with the Minnesota Wild.
With the win, the Canucks moved within four points of the No. 2 draft team in the West, jointly owned by the Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights.