Rinne scores empty-net goal as Predators beat Blackhawks
Hynes became the third coach in franchise history after Peter Laviolette was fired on Monday. Hynes dropped his debut when Nashville lost 6-2 to Boston on Tuesday night, but the Predators held off the Blackhawks in the final part of the third after nearly blowing a three-goal lead.
Matt Duchene, Viktor Arvidsson and Colin Blackwell also scored for Nashville, which had dropped five of six. Nick Bonino also picked up an empty-net goal before Rinne’s shot from behind the Predators’ net went in with 22 seconds left.
The 37-year-old Rinne was mobbed by his teammates after his first goal and 14th career point in the NHL.
Dominik Kubalik scored for the third straight game, but Chicago dropped to 1-2 on its four-game homestand. Alex DeBrincat added a power-play goal in the third period, and Corey Crawford finished with 25 saves.
It was Pastrnak’s third hat trick this season and eighth of his career. He has nine goals and 10 assists during his current point streak, and his 35 goals overall lead the NHL.
Riley Sheahan, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Josh Archibald also scored for the Oilers, who overcame a two-goal deficit by scoring four unanswered goals, including three in the third period. Mike Smith had 35 saves in his fourth consecutive start.
Carey Price stopped 22 shots and fell to 3-9-1 against Edmonton in his career.
Blake Coleman scored twice and Kevin Rooney added a goal for the Devils, who lost their third straight. Mackenzie Blackwood made 20 saves before being replaced by Louis Domingue at the start of the third period. Domingue finished with 11 saves.
Mike Hoffman, Evgenii Dadonov and Mark Pysyk also scored for Florida. Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists to move within one point of tying Olli Jokinen for the most in Panthers franchise history (419).
The Canucks lost their second in a row after winning seven straight, and have given up 14 goals in those two losses.
Arizona’s Adin Hill, making his fourth appearance this season, stopped 30 shots as the Coyotes‘ four-game winning streak ended. Arizona’s top goalies, Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta, are out with lower-body injuries.
Alexander Steen had two goals and an assist and David Perron also scored for the Blues, who won their eighth straight against the Sabres on home ice. Jordan Binnington made 18 saves, running his record to 21-7-4.
Denis Gurianov and Alexander Radulov scored power-play goals for the Stars, who completed a sweep of back-to-back games in Southern California. After five consecutive comeback wins, Dallas didn’t even have to rally for the first time during this streak after taking a lead in the first period.
The Kings, who entered the game in last place in the Western Conference, used four first-period goals to set the tone. Goaltender Jack Campbell held off the Pacific Division co-leading Golden Knights by stopping 44 of the 46 shots he faced.
The Golden Knights outshot the Kings 36-5 over the last two periods but were unable to overcome the four-goal deficit.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Joe Thornton scored and moved into a tie for 11th place on the NHL’s career list for games played as San Jose defeated Columbus.
Thornton, who notched his second goal of the season, appeared in his 1,612th NHL game — tying him with Ray Bourque.
Kevin Labanc scored a goal and had an assist, Brent Burns had a goal, and Aaron Dell turned back 28 shots for the Sharks, who improved to 4-2-2 over their last eight games after going 1-8-1 over their previous 10.
Sonny Milano scored his fifth goal for Columbus, which had its point streak in road games snapped at nine, going 6-0-3 over that stretch.
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Edmonton Oilers
- Florida Panthers
- Los Angeles Kings
- Nashville Predators
- New York Rangers
- Pekka Rinne
- San Jose Sharks
- St. Louis Blues
- Vancouver Canucks
- Vegas Golden Knights
- Winnipeg Jets