Bruins beat Predators 6-2 to spoil Hynes’ debut as coach
Hynes was hired as the third coach in franchise history earlier in the day to replace Peter Laviolette, who was fired Monday after 5½ seasons as coach. Hynes was fired as coach of the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 3.
This was the first matchup between the teams in St. Louis since the Blues eliminated the Sharks in Game 6 of last year’s Western Conference Final. St. Louis won 5-2 in San Jose on Dec. 21.
The Blues are 8-3-1 in their last 12 regular-season games against the Sharks.
J.T. Compher scored twice and Nathan MacKinnon had a goal in his 500th game for the Avalanche, who have lost two straight. Andrei Burakovsky had two assists and Philipp Grubauer finished with 24 saves.
Shesterkin was 15-4-3 with a 1.93 goals-against average and three shutouts in 23 games with Hartford of the AHL in his first season in North America. The 24-year-old Russian, called up on Monday, was a fourth-round pick by the Rangers in the 2014 NHL draft.
Oshie, who scored the tying goal in Sunday’s wild comeback win over San Jose, tied this one at 1. The Capitals, who have won three straight, scored six unanswered goals after Artem Anisimov gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 5:40 of the first period.
Ottawa has lost five straight, its second five-game skid of the season.
Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 shots to bring his record to 12-2-1.
Warren Foegele, Jake Gardiner, Lucas Wallmark and Joel Edmundson also scored for the Hurricanes, who bounced back from a two-goal deficit in the first period with four straight goals, then squandered their own two-goal cushion.
Carolina stopped a two-game skid and improved to 3-2 on its seven-game homestand.
After the game, Carolina announced the signing of veteran forward Justin Williams for the remainder of the season. Williams has won three Stanley Cups, two with the Kings and one with the Hurricanes. He has 312 goals and 474 assists in 1,244 career games.
ISLANDERS 4, DEVILS 3, OT
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Anders Lee scored with 51 seconds left on the clock in overtime to lift New York over New Jersey.
Mackenzie Blackwood shook off an illness and bloodied mouth to stop 37 shots for New Jersey.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Carter Verhaeghe had his first career hat trick and Tampa Bay scored three times in less than a minute to finish a six-goal second period that propelled the Lightning past Vancouver for their season-best eighth straight victory.
Verhaeghe, Tyler Johnson, Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov and Erik Cernak all scored in the second as the Lightning matched a team record for goals in a period. They chased goaltender Jacob Markstrom and ended the Canucks’ seven-game winning streak.
Brayden Point had three assists as Tampa Bay built a 6-2 lead against Markstrom, who was pulled with just over two minutes left in the third after yielding six goals on 21 shots. Verhaeghe, Kucherov and Cernak scored within a span of 56 seconds to finish the goalie’s night.
Point added his 18th goal of the season, assisted by Stamkos and Cernak, when he beat Markstrom’s replacement, Thatcher Demko, early in the third. Verhaeghe scored twice in the period, getting his third of the game on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:51 remaining.
Tampa Bay’s eight-game winning streak is its longest since the team won a franchise-record 10 straight last February. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 21 of 23 shots, with Elias Pettersson giving the Canucks a 1-0 first-period lead and Loui Eriksson briefly making it 2-all in the second.
The Penguins have won three straight and six of seven on the road (6-1-0).
Vegas had its season-best four-game win streak snapped.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Taylor Hall scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Arizona downed Florida for its fourth straight win.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and two assists, and Lawson Crouse, Carl Soderberg and Christian Dvorak also scored for the Coyotes. Phil Kessel added two assists and Adin Hill stopped 37 shots in his first start of the season.
Hall’s power-play goal, a shot from the right circle, gave the Coyotes a 3-2 lead at 15:39 of the second.
Zadina connected on a one-timer in front off Adam Erne’s pass from behind the net.
The Red Wings had lost two in a row and 20 of their last 23, giving them the NHL’s worst record by a wide margin. Montreal has dropped seven straight games.
Frans Nielsen got his second goal of the game with 8:41 remaining to pull the Red Wings into a 3-all tie. Earlier in the period, Victor Mete was credited with a go-ahead goal that went off Detroit defenseman Filip Hronek’s skate and into the net.
Nielsen scored midway through the second and Robby Fabbri’s wrist shot from the slot early in the third tied it at 2.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Zach Werenski scored two goals to lead Columbus over Anaheim.
Werenski leads the team with 15 goals and has a point in three straight games (four goals, one assist).
Gerbe and Werenski scored 72 seconds apart late in the second period to put Columbus ahead.
Werenski added an empty-net goal with 1:33 to play before Ondrej Kase made it 4-3 with 43 seconds remaining — his second goal of the game. Kase snapped a 17-game goal drought.
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