Saturday in the NHL |  Devils win 3-1 over Stars

Saturday in the NHL | Devils win 3-1 over Stars

Read reports from Saturday’s NHL games.

Updated yesterday at 11:26 p.m.

Superb Nico Hischier play gives Devils victory

Nico Hischier stunned the opposing defense by waltzing it around for about 20 seconds, before eventually cutting to the net and flashing the red light to give the New Jersey Devils the lead with barely a minute left, who eventually prevailed 3-1 against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Pavel Zacha drove the final nail in the Stars’ coffin by hitting the mark 10 seconds later.

Ty Smith also hit the target for the Devils, who had lost their last five games before facing the Stars. Fabian Zetterlund had two assists and Nico Daws made 27 saves.

Stars defenseman Ryan Suter was the lone scorer for his team. This was his 100and career net. Jake Oettinger made 20 saves, but the Stars (40-27-4) missed an opportunity to strengthen their hold on the bottom tier to playoff.

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Tom Wilson and Alex Ovechkin lead Capitals to victory


PHOTO KEITH SRAKOCIC, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tom Wilson and Alex Ovechkin

A few minutes earlier, Alex Ovechkin tied the power play with his 44and goal of the season. In Wilson’s case, he tied a personal high with a 22and goal when he beat Jarry with a wrist shot from the side of the mitt.

The Capitals won a second straight win to come within four points of the Penguins and third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals have won their last five games on the road.

Marcus Johansson, Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Martin Fehervary also scored for the Capitals. In goal, Ilya Samsonov stopped 29 shots. He became the 10and goalkeeper in team history to sign 50 wins.

Bryan Rust, Jeff Carter and Brian Boyle scored for the Penguins as Jarry made 39 saves. The Penguins have dropped four straight and seven of their last nine games.

Late in the game, the Penguins had a golden opportunity on the power play, but Kuznetsov sealed the game by scoring in an empty net with 1: 41 on the clock.

Moreover, by collecting an assist, Evgeni Malkin became the 57and player in NHL history to reach 700 assists. Among active players, only his teammate Sidney Crosby achieved the feat faster than Malkin who did it in 976 games.

Dan Scifo, Associated Press

The Panthers sign a seventh straight win


PHOTO CHRISTOPHER HANEWINCKEL, USA TODAY SPORTS

Spencer Knight (30) is congratulated by his team mates after scoring.

Anton Lundell scored the game-winning goal in the second period and the Florida Panthers easily edged the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Saturday night for their seventh straight victory.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Gustav Forsling scored in an empty net within 17 seconds late in the game. Forsling also got an assist as Carter Verhaeghe also found the back of the net. With the win, the Panthers split their series honors against the Predators this season.

Rookie Spencer Knight made 24 saves in the win. A fourth win in a row for him.

Knight notably had to stand out by fending off a barrage of shots when the Preds retired goaltender Juuse Saros in favor of a sixth skater with 2:08 left in the game. Things calmed down when Huberdeau sent the puck into the empty net with 1:07 on the clock.

Saros momentarily returned in front of his net for the face-off, then Forsling scored again when the keeper returned to the bench again.

With the victory, the Panthers solidified their hold on first place in the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division. They also continued to improve their team record with a 51and victory this season.

Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal as the Predators saw their short two-game winning streak come to an end. The Tennessee representatives still hold a two-point lead over the Dallas Stars as the first team drafted for the playoffs. The Stars suffered a 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon.

The score was tied 1-1 after twenty minutes, then Lundell gave the Panthers the lead for good late in the second period. After carrying the puck down the left side ramp, he cut towards the net before unleashing a wrist shot that went close to Saros’ mask before entering the net.

The Predators had a chance to tie the game with 8:38 left in the game when Knight came out of his net to play the puck that was beyond the face-off circles. Roman Josi, however, missed the abandoned net.

It’s the sixth win in seven road games for the Panthers, who have won a total of 21 road games. The team record is 22, set in 2015–16.

The Panthers also set a new team record for goals scored on opposing rinks with 128.

Teresa M. Walker, Associates Press

The Flames defeat the Kraken 4-1


PHOTO STEVEN BISIG, USA TODAY SPORTS

Jacob Markstrom (25), Michael Stone (26) and Ryan Donato (9)

Blake Coleman, Trevor Lewis and Michael Stone all scored with plays set up by Noah Hanifin and the Calgary Flames defeated the Kraken 4-1 on Saturday.

The Flames (44-19-9) posted their fourth straight victory and lead the Pacific Division by eight points over their Alberta rivals, the Edmonton Oilers.

The Kraken and the Flames will meet again on Tuesday.

Tyler Toffoli scored the other goal for the Flames, in an empty net, to confirm the victory for his team. Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves and had a 33and victory this season.

Karson Kuhlman was the lone scorer for the Kraken, which has lost four of its last six games. Philipp Grubauer stopped 25 shots in the loss.

Chris Talbott, Associated Press

Rangers confirm playoff berth


PHOTO TOM HORAK, USA TODAY SPORTS

Ryan Reaves (75) and Igor Shesterkin (31)

Chris Kreider scored twice, Artemi Panarin added a goal and an assist and the New York Rangers crushed the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Saturday night to secure their first playoff spot since 2017.

Ryan Strome also hit the target for the Rangers as goaltender Igor Shesterkin only had to make 19 saves. The Blue Shirts are 7-1-1 in their last nine games and joined the Carolina Hurricanes atop the Metropolitan Division with 100 points. The Hurricanes, however, have one more game to play.

The two teams are scheduled to face off Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

With his 34-10-4 record, Shesterkin became the fourth goaltender in Rangers history to post at least 34 wins. He joined Henrik Lundqvist, Ed Giacomin and Mike Richter in this select club.

The Rangers continued their dominance at home by improving their record to 24-7-4 thanks to a successful 11-3-2 streak in their last 16 meetings in Manhattan.

The New York formation is eight points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and 12 points ahead of the Washington Capitals at the top of the Metropolitan section.

The first period ended 1-1 despite a clear 13-3 dominance by Rangers in the penalty shootout column. A domination that continued in the second period at 12-6.

Andrew Copp broke the tie with his 17and of the season at 6:56, beating Anton Forsberg with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. Copp has 11 points in 10 games since being traded with the Winnipeg Jets on March 21.

Kreider added at 9:05 to double the lead for his side. Strome made it 4-1 at 17:27, still in the second period. Kreider struck again putting on his 49and goal of the season at the end of the third to put an end to this victory.

Kreider is just one goal away from becoming the fourth 50-goal scorer in Rangers history.

Forsberg made 28 saves in net for the Senators who suffered a second straight loss after riding a happy three-game winning streak.

Allan Kreda, Associated Press

Blue Jackets beat Red Wings in overtime


PHOTO PAUL SANCYA, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Elvis Merzlikins (90) and Tyler Bertuzzi (59)

Jack Roslovic flashed the red light three times, most recently in overtime, and added an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Cole Sillinger and Justin Danforth also scored for the Blue Jackets. Elvis Merzlikins made 34 saves.

The Red Wings forced overtime with goals from Dylan Larkin and Jakub Vrána – his second of the game – in the dying moments of the game. Sam Gagner also scored for the Red Wings.

Vrána has 10 goals in 16 games this season, including seven in his last 10 games.

Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 28 shots in the loss.

The Blues Jackets will return to action on Wednesday to face the Montreal Canadiens.

Associated Press

Flyers beaten 5-3 by Ducks


PHOTO BY DERIK HAMILTON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Martin Jones and Derek Grant

Trevor Zegras scored a goal and provided an assist to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Sonny Milano, Zach Aston-Reese and Derek Grant also scored for the Ducks. Jamie Drysdale contributed with two assists. It’s just the second win in 15 games for the Ducks.

Travis Sanheim, Ronnie Attard and Ivan Provorov replied for the Flyers in this duel between teams at the bottom of the pack of their respective associations.

Zegras set up Terry’s game-winning goal with a magnificent play with 8:22 remaining in the game. Carrying the puck behind the Flyers net, he pivoted to deliver the backhand disc to Terry who was at the mouth of the net. This one shot into the top of the net, above the mitt of goalkeeper Carter Hart.

Grant then provided the Ducks with a two-goal lead by redirecting a long pass from Andrej Sustr into the back of the net a few minutes later.

The Ducks rallied from a 2-0 deficit after the first period by coming out on top in the second period. They scored three unanswered goals to take the lead.

Aaron Bracy, Associated Press

The Blues sign a fifth consecutive victory


PHOTO JEFF CURRY, USA TODAY SPORTS

Jordan Kyrou (25) and Justin Faulk (72)

Justin Faulk scored twice in the space of 96 seconds, Jordan Binnington made 29 saves and the St. Louis Blues posted a fifth straight win, this time beating the New York Islanders 6-1 on Saturday.

Nick Leddy, Vladimir Tarasenko, Ivan Barbashev and Robert Thomas also hit the mark for the Blues.

Binnington, who lost the starting job to Ville Husso, picked up their first win since February 27. He raised his record to 14-13-4.

Grant Hutton, the Islanders’ only scorer, scored his first goal in the Bettman circuit.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 25 shots for the Islanders, who had won five of their last six games before facing the Blues.

Associated Press

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