NHL Recap April 2: Sparkling Marc-André Fleury;  Auston Matthews scores his 51st goal

NHL Recap April 2: Sparkling Marc-André Fleury; Auston Matthews scores his 51st goal

The Wild were outshot 38-19, but Marc-André Fleury was spectacular in net as Minnesota beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Saturday night.

Fleury stopped 37 pucks for his third victory in as many starts in his new uniform.

Since the trade that brought him from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Wild, Fleury is 3-0-0 with 92 saves on 96 shots.

The Quebec goalkeeper was able to count on a lead provided by Mats Zuccarello who opened the scoring halfway in 1D period.

Dmitry Kulikov doubled the lead in 2andwhile Kyrill Kaprizov also hit the mark with his 39and goal of the season.

With an assist on his team’s first goal, Kaprizov scored a new team mark with his 84and point of the season. The brand was previously owned by Marian Gaborik.

Teuvo Teravainen deprived Fleury of a shutout with his 18and goal of the season at 13:41 of the 3and period.

Matthews nears team record for goals

Auston Matthews scored his 51st goal of the season, a season-high in the National Hockey League, Morgan Rielly had a goal and two assists, and the Toronto Maple Leafs picked up a fourth straight win, 6-3 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Matthews’ goal gave the Maple Leafs a 3-2 lead with 12:19 left in the game. He is just three goals short of equaling the team record of 54, set by Rick Vaive in the 1981-82 season.

John Tavares, Wayne Simmonds, Timothy Liljegren and Pierre Engvall also hit the mark for the Maple Leafs, who have amassed 24 goals since the start of their winning streak.

Defender Ivan Provorov led the Flyers offense with a brace and an assist. Kevin Hayes scored the other goal for the Flyers, who have lost five of their last six outings.

The Flyers started the night tied with the New Jersey Devils for last place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Flyers also dropped veteran defenseman Keith Yandle, ending his record streak of 989 straight games.

The 35-year-old Yandle began his streak on March 26, 2009, with Phoenix. On January 25, against the New York Islanders, he erased the record of 965 games in a row, which belonged to Doug Jarvis, a former center for the Montreal Canadiens and the Washington Capitals.

“We are at the stage of the season where, as an organization, it is important to bring in some young players,” explained interim head coach Mike Yeo before the game.

“We have to keep an eye on the future. We have to give opportunities to new players.”

Rookie defenseman Ronnie Attard made his NJH debut with the Flyers.

Yandle has just one goal and 15 assists in 67 games.

“When you sign young players and you hire players from the university ranks, we will give them a chance to play,” Yandle noted before the game.

“It’s hard to have a bad day in the NHL. But finding out you won’t be playing isn’t the kind of news you want to hear.”

Arizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel now has the longest active streak in consecutive games at 968.

Haula hurts the Blue Jackets

Erik Haula scored his second goal of the game with just under four minutes left to break the tie and lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Blue Jackets 2 – Bruins 5

Brad Marchand scored his 31st goal of the season as Jake DeBrusk and Charlie Coyle both scored in an empty net for the Bruins. Jeremy Swayman made 22 saves in the win. The Bruins have won six of their last seven games. They have 16 wins in their last 20 games.

Gustav Nyquist and Justin Danforth scored for the Jackets. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 37 shots.

Following a penalty to Andrew Peek, defenseman Brandon Carlo took a shot from the right circle which was deflected on the fly by Haula who was on the edge of the crease. The Bruins then took a 3-2 lead with 3:54 on the clock.

In the third period, the Bruins limited the Blue Jackets to just four shots. They dominated that aspect of the game 42-24.

For a third straight game, assistant Pascal Vincent led the Blue Jackets due to the absence of head coach Brad Larsen with COVID-19.

Kemper and Kopitar shine

Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar scored a goal and provided an assist in his 1,200th National Hockey League game to lead his team to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

Adrian Kempe also had a goal and an assist in the win as Gabriel Vilardi scored his third goal of the season for the Kings (38-23-10), who have suffered just three regulation-time road losses in their last 18 visits (12-3-3).

Cal Petersen blocked 25 shots in front of the Kings net.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Adam Lowry scored for the Jets as the loss added Connor Hellebuyck, who made 35 saves.

The Jets (33-27-10) squandered six power plays as they were unable to score a single goal. The Kings managed to score once in three occasions.

The Jets got a power play early in the game, but it was the Kings who took advantage when Kempe opened the scoring shorthanded at 2:21.

Ehlers tied the score four minutes later, but Kopitar then capitalized on a turnover to restore the lead.

In the top of the second, the visitors took a two-goal lead through Vilardi on the power play when his shot deflected off Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey.

Lowry managed to close the gap midway through the period, but that was it for the Jets offense.

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