Killorn, Johnson lead Lightning in 6-4 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Killorn scored two goals, Tyler Johnson had a goal and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-4 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
Ondrej Palat and Anthony Cirelli each added a goal and an assist, Kevin Shattenkirk also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 shots as the Lightning opened a four-game road trip with their 12th consecutive win against an Atlantic Division opponent.
Sebastian Aho also scored and Teuvo Teravainen had two assists for the Hurricanes (24-14-2), who won their second straight game after a three-game losing streak. Ryan Dzingel scored into an empty net.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zach Werenski got his first career hat trick, Elvis Merlikins stopped 36 shots in his first NHL start and battered Columbus beat Florida.
Werenski and the Blue Jackets served up a rude homecoming for Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was making his first appearance in Columbus since leaving as a free agent last summer. Bobrovsky, who played in Columbus for seven seasons and won two Vezina Trophies, had 24 saves.
Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets, who are missing 10 players to injuries and may have lost another, forward Alexander Texier, on Tuesday. Texier left the game with an upper-body injury in the first period and didn’t return.
Columbus won for the first time in three games, but extended its points streak to 11 games (7-0-4).
Colton Scevior had the lone goal for Florida, which had a two-game win streak snapped.
It was Bernier’s first shutout of the season and 18th of his career. Filip Hronek also scored for Detroit, which had dropped all six games during its skid in regulation.
Martin Jones stopped 21 shots for San Jose, which has lost 11 of its last 13 (2-9-2).
Alexander Kerfoot also scored and John Tavares added an empty-net goal for Toronto, which improved to 7-0-1 in its last eight games. Toronto has won 13 of 18 games since Sheldon Keefe took over as coach. Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots.
Vegas closed out December with a 9-4-2 mark, and on a 13-6-3 run since Nov. 17, and remained in sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
Mark Stone, Alex Tuch and Reilly Smith also scored for the Golden Knights, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves and improved to 15-4-0 against Anaheim. Fleury earned his 455th win to take over sole possession of sixth place all time, passing Curtis Joseph.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 14th and 15th goals for Washington, which lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.
Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom scored for Boston and Jaroslav Halak stopped 42 shots. The loss snapped the Bruins‘ winning streak at three but they did extend their points streak to eight games (4-0-4).
Connor’s only other hat trick came in the playoffs last spring.
Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri scored for the Avalanche. Colorado is 1-4-1 in its last six games despite outshooting the Jets 43-26. Philipp Grubauer stopped 19 shots.
Justin Braun, Claude Giroux and Scott Laughton scored for Philadelphia. Brian Elliott allowed four goals on 15 shots in the first period before being replaced by Carter Hart at the first intermission. Hart made 13 saves.
Tyler Bozak scored the Blues’ only goal. The Blues ended up 0 for 4 on power plays and lost despite outshooting the Coyotes 38-27. St. Louis failed to score on a power play for the first time in five games.
Kane set up goals by Olli Maatta at 4:14 and Alex Debrincat at 5:35 and then made it 3-0 at 12:44 of the first period when he cut across the slot and beat David Rittich with a wrist shot from 30 feet out.
Kane’s 21st goal of the season was the 377th of his career, tying him with Denis Savard for fourth on the Blackhawks‘ all-time list. The top three are Bobby Hull (604), Stan Makita (541) and Steve Larmer (406).
Kane’s second of the game was an empty-netter at 19:59 of the third.
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