Saturday in the NHL |  Penguins thrash Red Wings 7-2

Saturday in the NHL | Penguins thrash Red Wings 7-2

(Detroit) Read the reports of Friday’s NHL games.

Updated yesterday at 11:17 p.m.

Evgeni Malkin scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins crushed the Detroit Red Wings 7-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Kris Letang had a goal and two assists for the Penguins, who posted a third victory in their last four games.

Sidney Crosby, Rickard Rakell and Chad Ruhwedel all finished the game with a goal and an assist. Danton Heinen completed the scoring for the Pittsburgh squad.

Casey DeSmith followed up his 52-save performance on Thursday by stopping 23 of 25 pucks aimed at him for the Penguins.

Jakub Vrana and Michael Rasmussen replied for the Red Wings, who suffered a third straight loss.

Thomas Greiss started the game for the Red Wings and allowed five goals on 23 shots. In relief, Alex Nedeljkovic yielded twice on 15 shots.

Abigail Snyder, Associated Press

Hurricanes beat Devils in overtime


PHOTO BILL KOSTROUN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Hurricanes players congratulated their goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov on his first NHL victory.

Rookie Seth Jarvis rocked the ropes with 3:21 remaining in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes overcame a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

The Hurricanes tied the game at 2-2 on goals from Brady Skjei and Nino Niederreiter in the final five minutes of the third period.

Rookie Pyotr Kochetkov made 17 saves in his first career start with the Hurricanes.

Yegor Sharangovich and Nico Hischier had given the Devils a 2-0 lead. Jon Gillies, who came within minutes of his first career NHL shutout, turned aside 26 shots in front of the Devils net. It was his first start in a month.

Jarvis sealed the game with a shot from the right face-off circle, following a fine play orchestrated by Tony DeAngelo.

Associated Press

Sabers’ fourth straight win


PHOTO TIMOTHY T. LUDWIG, USA TODAY SPORTS

Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his goal with his team mates.

Tage Thompson scored his 37and goal of the season during the Buffalo Sabers’ second-period three-goal rush on Saturday en route to a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders.

Jeff Skinner, with his 33and goal of the campaign, recovered Thompson’s throwback with 7:20 to go to seal the game. The Sabers were hot, however, as they had just let slip a 4-1 lead in the third period.

Rasmus Dahlin, Casey Mittelstadt and Vinnie Hinostroza also hit the target for the Sabres, while former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 17 saves.

The Sabers thus signed their fourth victory in a row, they who know their best sequence since that of 10 wins in November 2018.

Mathew Barzal ended a 10-game goalless streak, while Noah Dobson and Kieffer Bellows completed the scoring for the Islanders.

They benefited from 30 saves by Ilya Sorokin, who is 1-3-1 in his last five starts.

Associated Press

Bruins defeat Rangers 3-1


PHOTO MICHAEL DWYER, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark relishes his victory with his teammates.

David Pastrnak found the back of the net and the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday night.

Pastrnak scored his 39and goal of the campaign, a peak for the Bruins. He had missed the last eight games with an undisclosed injury.

Taylor Hall and Trent Frederic also scored for Boston, which is already guaranteed a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Linus Ullmark made 30 saves for the Bruins, who had lost four times in their last six outings.

Mika Zibanejad replied for the Rangers, who saw Igor Shesterkin save 32 pucks.

After confirming their home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs on Thursday, the Rangers suffered their first loss in their last five games.

Ken Powtak, Associated Press

Lightning win 6-2 over Predators


PHOTO CHRIS O’MEARA, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Roman Josi (59) and Nikita Kucherov (86)

Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov moved the ropes on the power play and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Nashville Predators 6-2.

Hedman became the second defenseman in Lightning history to reach 20 goals in a season. He joined Dan Boyle, who achieved the feat in 2006-07.

Kucherov finished his night at work with a goal and two assists as Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist in the win.

Anthony Cirelli, Ross Colton and Patrick Maroon also found the back of the net for the Lightning. Brian Elliott stopped 19 pucks.

The Tampa Bay squad hold a three-point lead over the Boston Bruins in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Defensemen Roman Josi and Alexander Carrier scored on the power play for the Predators. Juuse Saros allowed six goals on 30 shots.

Josi became the first NHL defenseman to reach 90 points in a season since Raymond Bourque, who had 91 in 1993-94.

John Kreiser, Associated Press

The Panthers sign a 13and straight win


PHOTO SAM NAVARRO, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Panthers celebrating victory

Brandon Montour played the heroes at 2:26 of overtime and the Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Saturday night.

The Panthers signed a 13and straight win, which is a team record. That streak is tied for the seventh longest in NHL history and the longest since 2016-17, when the Columbus Blue Jackets won 16 straight games.

This is also the 50and victory for Andrew Brunette, the Panthers’ interim head coach, at just his 71and game behind the team bench.

Claude Giroux had one goal and two assists for the Panthers. Aleksander Barkov amassed a goal and an assist as Mason Marchment contributed to two wins for his team.

Justin Holl and Mitch Marner flashed the red light for the Maple Leafs, who blew a 2-0 lead.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 34 pucks for the Florida team while his counterpart, Jack Campbell, finished the matchup with 32 saves.

George Richards, Associated Press

Kahkonen shines in win over Blackhawks


PHOTO STAN SZETO, USA TODAY SPORTS

Mario Ferraro and Kaapo Kahkonen celebrate their victory.

Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 27 shots as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Saturday night.

Timo Meier had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won just their second win in their last 13 games.

Tomas Hertl, Jasper Weatherby and Nick Bonino also threaded the needle for the San Jose squad, which was outshot 28-19.

Tyler Johnson scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks. Kevin Lankinen finished the game with 15 saves.

Kahkonen recorded a second straight victory after not winning a game in his first seven starts since being acquired from the Minnesota Wild on March 21.

Joe Stiglich, Associated Press

The Kraken beaten 3-2 by the Stars


PHOTOJEROME MIRON, USA TODAY SPORTS

Denis Gurianov (34) and Jake Oettinger (29)

Roope Hintz scored two goals in about two minutes in the second period to guide the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Kraken on Saturday night.

Not only did the Stars erase a two-goal deficit, but they rebounded after losing all three of their games in Western Canada.

Vladislav Namestnikov scored the game-winning goal for the Texas team, which holds a four-point lead over the Vegas Golden Knights for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Golden Knights still have four games to play this season, including a crucial one in Dallas on Tuesday night.

Hintz has five goals in his last three games and has 37 goals this season. Jason Robertson prepared his two successes.

Jake Oettinger stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced and the Stars goaltender even got an assist on the tying goal.

Riley Sheahan and Yanni Gourde, with their 100and career NHL goal, hit home for the Kraken. Chris Driedger made 28 saves.

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press

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