Eichel converts penalty shot, Sabres beat Oilers 3-2
Eichel was awarded the penalty shot after Edmonton’s Oscar Klefbom interfered with the Sabres’ captain as he attempted to break in alone across the Oilers’ blue line. Eichel couldn’t get a shot off on the delayed penalty, and Oilers goalie Mike Smith made an acrobatic save to prevent Sam Reinhart from scoring from the lower right circle.
Eichel then scored when he drove in on net from the left wing and snapped a shot inside the far post.
The Sabres snapped a four-game skid and improved to 2-6-1 in their past nine.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brent Burns‘ power-play goal just more than two minutes into overtime gave San Jose a win over Pittsburgh.
Burns picked up his seventh goal of the season when his slap shot from high in the slot beat Tristan Jarry 2:02 into the extra period to give the Sharks only their third win in 14 games. Joe Thornton got the primary assist to move past Adam Oates for seventh place with 1,080 career assists.
Patric Hornqvist scored twice for Pittsburgh, which lost for just the second time in nine games. Jarry finished with 28 saves but the Penguins couldn’t kill off an overtime penalty by defenseman Kris Letang, who was sent off for tripping 46 seconds in.
Columbus seemed to score in the first 17 seconds when Gustav Nyquist beat Rask, but the replay showed goaltender interference and the goal was waved off. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, who was fined $20,000 by the NHL for criticizing the officials after Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, held his temper.
Tampa Bay improved to 15-2-0 against Atlantic-division opponents this season.
All the scoring came in the first period.
Hischier extended his point streak to three games when he scored the go-ahead goal at 1:09 of the third.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Frank Vatrano scored the deciding goal as part of Florida’s four-goal outburst in the second period.
Evgenii Dadonov scored his second power-play goal of the game to tie it at 2-all for Florida (21-14-5), and 89 seconds later Noel Acciari gave the Panthers the lead. Vatrano and Colton Sceviour scored 44 seconds apart in the final minute of the second period to put the game out of reach. Jonathan Huberdeau added an empty-net goal in the third to round out the scoring for Florida.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves and earned his first road win since Oct. 30.
Tyler Ennis and Chris Tierney scored in the first period to give Ottawa (16-20-5) a 2-1 lead heading into the first break. Connor Brown scored in the third. Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots for the Senators.
Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, and Patrik Laine also scored. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 12 of 17 shots for the Jets before being replaced by Laurent Brossoit, who made 10 saves on 11 shots in the third period.
The Jets have one win in their last five games (1-3-1) and have lost five straight (0-4-1) at home.
Lawson Crouse scored in the first period, but Arizona went into the third trailing 2-1.
New York fell to 1-2-0 on a four-game road trip that wraps up Saturday night in Vancouver.
Rookie defenseman Cale Makar added a power-play goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who also ended a six-game losing streak to the Blues, including two losses earlier this season in St. Louis. Mikko Rantanen J.T. Compher also had power-play goals, and Joonas Donskoi had the other goal for the Avalanche. Samuel Girard finished with four assists.
CANUCKS 7, BLACKHAWKS 5
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Adam Gaudette scored a third-period goal and Vancouver rallied from a two-goal deficit, extending its winning streak to six games.
Patrick Kane scored twice for the Blackhawks (18-18-6), who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist, and Connor Murphy and David Kampf also scored for the Blackhawks, who are 5-2-0 in their last seven games.
The Golden Knights improved to 14-6-3 since Nov. 17 and lead the NHL with 31 points in that span.
Sean Couturier scored twice for the Flyers, who played their fourth game on a six-game trip — with the first five against Pacific Division teams. Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny each had a goal for Philadelphia.
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