Matthews powers Maple Leafs past Panthers 6-1
Nikita Kucherov added two assists. Tampa Bay is 16-0-0 when Kucherov records a multipoint game this season.
Matthews had his second four-point game of the season. John Tavares also scored twice for Toronto, and Morgan Rielly had four assists. Mitch Marner added a goal and two assists, and Frederik Andersen made 25 saves.
Matthews also had the 18th two-goal game of his career. Rielly is the first NHL defenseman to reach 40 points this season.
Fleury made 19 saves in his 424th win, snapping a tie with Tony Esposito for ninth place on the career list.
Rust put Pittsburgh ahead to stay when he scored his ninth of the season 8:12 into the third period. Rust has at least one goal in five of his last six games, including the game-winner one night earlier when the Penguins defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals on the road.
Pittsburgh won for the fourth time in five games. Casey DeSmith stopped 40 shots for his eighth win in 12 home starts.
The 20-year-old Hart made 20 saves in his debut in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Detroit.
Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists for last-place Chicago, and defenseman Erik Gustafsson scored for the second straight game. Brendan Perlini added an empty-netter, and Cam Ward made 26 saves.
John Gibson finished with 28 saves as Anaheim lost its second straight after winning nine of 10.
Markstrom improved to 6-0 in six December starts.
Jonathan Ericsson, Frans Nielsen and Dylan Larkin also scored to help Detroit win for the second time at PNC Arena this season. Larkin’s empty-netter with 19 seconds left extended his point streak to nine games.
Nielsen gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead when he tipped Nick Jensen’s shot past Mrazek with 7:41 left in the second period.
Nick Foligno also scored as the Blue Jackets won their second straight and ended a six-game homestand on a high note.
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