Devils beat sliding Coyotes 2-1 in shootout
DENVER (AP) — Colin Wilson scored his first goal in more than a month, Philipp Grubauer stopped 29 shots and the playoff-chasing Colorado Avalanche earned their fourth straight win by holding off the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Saturday.
Colorado had an array of forwards step up with All-Star Mikko Rantanen missing the game with an upper-body injury. Wilson came through with his first goal since Feb. 7.
Grubauer kept up his torrid play by winning his fourth straight start. He’s allowed four goals over stretch.
Robert Thomas, Alexander Steen and Brayden Schenn also scored for St. Louis, which earned its third consecutive win. Binnington improved to 20-4-1. He has won his last four starts and seven of his last nine overall.
Max Domi and Tomas Tatar each had a goal and two assists as the Canadiens (40-28-7) moved three points ahead of idle Columbus in the race for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Artturi Lehkonen, Andrew Shaw and Paul Byron also scored.
Making his seventh start in a row, Montreal star Carey Price made 23 saves.
Jordan Staal, Brett Pesce, Andrei Svechnikov and Lucas Wallmark also scored for Carolina, which picked up its fifth win in seven games to keep its hold on the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot. Petr Mrazek stopped 24 shots.
The Hurricanes, who own the NHL’s longest playoff drought at nine seasons, have a five-point cushion with eight games to play.
The Bruins took control with five goals in the second period.
ISLANDERS 4, FLYERS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh Bailey scored twice 1:23 apart in the third period, stopping a 12-game drought and leading the Islanders to the win.
The Islanders (43-25-7) moved within a point of idle Washington for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Flyers (36-31-8) had won two of three. But the home loss against New York is a big blow to their fleeting chances of rallying to the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.
On the winning goal, Andersen made an amazing save on Boo Nieves on a 2-on-1 but the puck went to Strome, who stuffed it in from the left side of the net.
PENGUINS 3, STARS 2
McCann has 11 goals in 26 games since coming over in a trade with Florida, and now leads the Penguins with three short-handed goals. He has four overall this season.
Jake Guentzel opened the scoring with his team-leading 38th goal for Pittsburgh in the first period. The Penguins stayed even with the New York Islanders for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 93 points, a point behind Washington.
RED WINGS 3, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2, OT
On the winning goal, Vegas’ Reilly Smith — playing in his 500th career game — turned the puck over right in front of the net, where Dylan Larkin fed Mantha, who poked home his 19th of the season, and first game-winning goal.
KINGS 4, DUCKS 3, SO
Kopitar then made a one-handed drag move to beat Ryan Miller in the second round of the shootout. Although the Kings are likely to finish in last place in the Western Conference, they improved to 3-0-0 against the Ducks to win the season series against their rivals for the first time since 2012-13.
FLAMES 3, CANUCKS 1
- Anaheim Ducks
- Arizona Coyotes
- Boston Bruins
- Carolina Hurricanes
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Colorado Avalanche
- Detroit Red Wings
- Los Angeles Kings
- Montreal Canadiens
- New Jersey Devils
- New York Islanders
- Ottawa Senators
- St. Louis Blues
- Winnipeg Jets