Lightning edge Maple Leafs despite injury to Kucherov
Tyler Johnson, Chris Kunitz and Adam Erne scored in regulation for the NHL-leading Lightning, who played most of the game without Nikita Kucherov after the league’s top scorer was injured. Still, the Atlantic Division leaders edged second-place Toronto hours after acquiring defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller in a blockbuster deal with the New York Rangers just before the NHL trade deadline.
Tampa Bay parted with forward Vladimir Namestnikov, two prospects and two draft picks – a first-round selection in 2018 and a conditional first-rounder in 2019.
Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 27 saves for Tampa Bay. He denied Marner on a penalty shot with 6:02 left in the third period to keep the score tied.
Kucherov left with 5:41 remaining in the first and did not return. The team announced he sustained an upper-body injury. The two-time All-Star has 82 points in 63 games.
It was the first victory for the Kings in three games against the expansion Golden Knights. The teams meet again Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Columbus scored four goals in the first period – two on power plays – in winning its second game in three days and first in four tries against the Capitals this season. Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist, and Sonny Milano and Mark Letestu – acquired in a trade Sunday – also scored.
Philadelphia passed Washington for first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers have earned at least one point in 12 straight games (10-0-2).
Both teams scored one goal after five shootout rounds before Couturier beat Lindgren in the sixth.
The Canadiens have been shut out nine times this season, tying a franchise record.
Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves and came within 1:16 of his third shutout this season. The Avalanche won for the 11th time in 12 home games and moved within two points of idle Calgary for the second wild card in the Western Conference.
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