Vasilevskiy strong in return, Lightning top Maple Leafs 4-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 48 saves in his return from a broken left foot and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Thursday night in a matchup of the NHL’s top two teams.
Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson both scored for Tampa Bay during the final 36 seconds of the second period to make it 4-1. Vasilevskiy, who missed the previous 14 games, stopped all 23 shots he faced in the period.
Anthony Cirelli and Nikita Kucherov also had goals for the Lightning (25-7-1), who have won eight in a row and lead Toronto by eight points in the Atlantic Division. The franchise record is a nine-game winning streak in 2016.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner scored his 22nd goal of the season as Buffalo defeated Arizona.
Casey Mittelstadt and Evan Rodrigues also had goals for the Sabres, who won their second straight following a five-game skid. Carter Hutton returned after missing Buffalo’s previous two games with an upper-body injury and made 25 saves.
The Sabres improved to 11-3-2 at home, matching their win total from last season at KeyBank Center.
Lukas Sedlak and Josh Anderson also scored and Cam Atkinson assisted on both of Panarin’s goals as the Blue Jackets snapped a two-game skid and held onto second place in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind Washington.
Dustin Brown had the lone goal and Jonathan Quick made 37 saves for the injury-ravaged Kings, who have lost three in a row and seven of their last nine while slipping to the bottom of the Pacific Division.
Vancouver tied it with 43.5 seconds remaining in the third period when Horvat, parked at the far post, slipped one past Rinne. The Canucks were short-handed at the time and had pulled goalie Anders Nilsson for an extra skater.
In overtime, Bonino sent a pass from the left boards to Sissons skating through the slot and he elevated a shot over Nilsson, who finished with 30 saves.
Meier’s 17th and 18th goals sent the Sharks to their third straight victory and fifth in six games. Meier has four goals in his last two games and 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past six contests.
San Jose prevented a three-game season series sweep by Dallas, which had won three straight and six of seven against the Sharks. Dallas has lost three in a row overall after winning its previous four.
Meier scored at 2:50 of the third period to break a 1-all tie.
Morrissey took a pass from Mark Scheifele and fired a high shot past goalie Cam Talbot for his fourth goal of the season. The Jets won their third straight and ended Edmonton’s winning streak at four games.
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