Theodore scores in OT as Golden Knights beat Oilers 3-2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Shea Theodore scored 2:13 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights increased their slim Pacific Division lead by beating the second-place Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Monday night.
Theodore picked the top corner off a feed from Jonathan Marchessault, who scored the tying goal with eight minutes left in the third period.
Nicolas Roy also scored for the Golden Knights (39-24-8), who improved to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games. They are three points up on Edmonton for the division lead.
Cody Eakin broke a 2-all tie at 11:33 of the third period when he picked up the puck and backhanded a shot past Arizona’s Darcy Kuemper. It was Eakin’s first goal since he was acquired in a trade with Vegas on Feb. 21.
Mark Scheifele added an empty-netter, and defenseman Tucker Poolman had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves as the Jets moved into the top wild-card spot in the West with 78 points, four more than the Coyotes.
Nick Schmaltz scored both goals for Arizona, which squandered a 2-0 lead. Kuemper stopped 30 shots.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored and Pavel Francouz made 32 saves for the Avalanche, who could have moved into first place in the Central Division with a win. Colorado lost for just the second time in its past 12 road games.
Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon did not return after sustaining a lower-body injury in the second period.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brett Connolly scored early in the third period and Chris Driedger stopped 26 shots, leading Florida to the win.
Mike Hoffman also scored for Florida, and Aleksi Saarela picked up the first two assists of his career. He has played in nine regular-season games for the Panthers.
Driedger made his third consecutive start after being held out of the lineup for almost two months with a lower-body injury. He is 2-0-1.
Colton Parayko scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington recorded 32 saves.
Florida moved within one point of idle Carolina for the final playoff spot in the East.
SABRES 3, CAPITALS 2, SO
Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark blocked 33 shots through overtime and six of seven shootout attempts in his first game in six weeks. He had been sidelined by a right leg injury.
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and Dmitry Orlov also scored as Washington erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period. It was Ovechkin’s 48th goal of the season, tying him with Boston’s David Pastrnak for the NHL lead.
Despite the loss, the Capitals earned a point to move ahead of idle Philadelphia atop the Metropolitan Division.
- Buffalo Sabres
- Dominik Kahun
- Edmonton Oilers
- Florida Panthers
- Los Angeles Kings
- Shea Theodore
- Vegas Golden Knights
- Winnipeg Jets