Devils strike fast, hold off Canucks 2-1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Wayne Simmonds and Jesper Bratt scored 22 seconds apart in the first period and Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves in the New Jersey Devils‘ 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.
Brock Boeser had a power-play goal for Vancouver. The Canucks are 0-3-1 in their last four games.
Simmonds opened the scoring on a power play with 8:12 left in the first period. Taylor Hall sent a pass into the Canucks’ zone that Kyle Palmieri directed to Simmonds. He put it past goalie Jacob Markstrom for the Devils’ second road power-play goal of the season.
Bratt quickly made it 2-0 at 12:10 when he deflected Damon Severson’s point shot.
Boeser scored with 7:20 left in the second. He took J.T. Miller’s pass, used his speed to skate into the Devil’s zone, then beat Blackwood with a low shot to the far corner.
It was the second head-to-head brother clash between Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes, the 20-year-old defenseman picked seventh overall in the 2018 draft, and Jack Hughes, the 18-year-old center picked No. 1 by the Devils this year. Quinn Hughes assisted on Boeser’s goal.
Mantha broke in alone off the right wing after taking a pass off the boards from Robby Fabbri, then beat goalie Malcolm Subban with a wrist shot from the right circle. Mantha has 11 goals this season.
Jonathan Marchessault and Max Pacioretty scored for Vegas and Subban stopped 16 shots. The Golden Knights are 1-2-3 in their last six.
Frank Vatrano scored in regulation and converted in the shootout for the Panthers. Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and two assists, Aleksander Barkov had a goal and a helper and Dominic Toninato and Brian Boyle also scored. Sam Montembeault made 34 saves.
Kaapo Kakko scored the lone shootout goal and had a power-play goal for New York. Ryan Lindgren, Filip Chytil, Brady Skjei and Chris Kreider also scored for the Rangers.
Scheifele went in on a 2-on-1 with Kyle Connor, kept the puck and beat Anton Khudobin with a low shot for his seventh goal.
Mattias Janmark and Radek Faksa scored for Dallas in the opener of a four-game trip. The Stars had won four in a row.
William Nylander scored twice for the Maple Leafs, and John Tavares and Andreas Johnsson added power-play goals in the third as Toronto stormed back with 26 shots in the final period. Auston Matthews had four assists for Toronto, which was 3-0-2 in its last five and lost in regulation for the first time in two weeks.
Toronto backup Michael Hutchinson stopped 29 shots and remained winless at 0-4-1.
FLYERS 3, BRUINS 2, SO
BOSTON (AP) — Joel Farabee scored in the shootout to lead Philadelphia to its fourth straight win.
Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist, and Phillipe Myers also scored in regulation for the Flyers. Carter Hart finished with 26 saves.
Danton Heinen and Brad Marchand each had a goal and Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 shots for the Bruins, who lost their third straight (0-2-1) after six-game win streak.
Farabee, who played at nearby Boston University, beat Halak high glove-side on the Flyers’ first shootout attempt. Hart stopped all three tries by the Bruins, poke-checking away David Pastrnak’s attempt to seal Philadelphia’s win.
It is the fifth hat trick of McDavid’s career and his first since Feb. 18, 2018, against Colorado. Edmonton’s superstar center is the 13th player in league history to reach 400 points in 306 or fewer games.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored twice for the Oilers, who have won four of their last six. Zack Kassian had a goal and two assists and Leon Draisaitl added three assists to move into the NHL scoring lead with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists).
Rickard Rakell and Max Jones scored for Anaheim and John Gibson stopped 25 shots.
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