Lightning beat Flyers, tie club mark with 10th straight win
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pat Maroon scored the game's only goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning tied a club record with their 10th straight win, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.
The Lightning haven’t lost since Dec. 21 at Washington, and have outscored opponents 43-17 during their streak. Tampa Bay has tallied 12 unanswered goals, two short of matching a team mark.
They will look to set a club record for consecutive victories on Sunday night at New Jersey.
Vasileskiy earned his second straight shutout and the 20th of his career. He has been in goal for eight of the victories during the streak. The Lightning defense was stout in front of their netminder, and Vasileskiy was rarely tested. His best save came five minutes into the third period, when he stopped Travis Sanheim’s one-timer from close range with a right pad save.
The Flyers saw their five-game home winning streak halted. Philadelphia entered an NHL-best 14-2-4 at home.
Washington lost back-to-back games in regulation for the second time this season and has dropped four of seven. Defensive-zone miscues continue to haunt the Capitals, who largely hung All-Star goalie Braden Holtby out to dry as he allowed four goals on 21 shots.
Jakub Vrana's scored for the Capitals.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — James Reimer made 41 saves as Carolina posted a shutout for the second consecutive game.
Nino Niederreiter scored the opening goal 4:52 into the first period and Reimer took care of the rest to help Carolina earn its third consecutive win and finish a seven game homestand with a 5-2-0 record. Teuvo Terravainen added an empty-net goal with four seconds remaining.
The Blues won their eighth straight home game, their longest such streak since winning 10 in a row from April 16-Oct. 12, 2013.
Jordan Binnington made 20 saves for his ninth win in the last 10 starts.
Coming into the game, neither team had won since Dec. 23.
Montreal avoided losing nine games in a row for the first time this season. The Senators are 0-4-3 over their last seven games.
Nick Suzuki scored in regulation and Carey Price stopped 41 shots for the Canadiens, who signed Kovalchuk last week. The 36-year-old Russian had three assists in his first three games with Montreal before scoring the game-winning goal.
Drake Batherson scored unassisted in the second period for Ottawa.
Boeser had two goals and Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller also scored for Vancouver, which had dropped consecutive games by a combined 14-4. Loui Eriksson had an empty-netter, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots to improve to 7-1 in his past eight games.
Sabres goalie Carter Hutton finished with 29 saves in his first appearance in nine games. Hutton dropped to 0-7-4 in his past 11 starts, a stretch in which he has allowed four or more goals six times.
Kubalik has goals in four straight games and 16 for the season, tying him with Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson for the NHL rookie lead. The first two-goal game of his career gave the Chicago forward eight points in his last five games.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elvis Merzlikins made 27 saves for his first career shutout and Columbus beat Vegas.
Merzlikins is a 25-year-old rookie filling in for injured starter Joonas Korpisalo. He improved to 5-6-4 in 17 games.
Vegas' Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves.
Pavelski was playing his former team for the first time since signing a $21 million, three-year deal with Dallas during the offseason. A video tribute to Pavelski followed the player introductions. The former Sharks captain skated across the ice and waved to fans just before the start of the game.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and Connor McDavid also scored for Edmonton, which lost in regulation for the first time in six games. Kailer Yamamoto had two assists and Leon Draisaitl also had an assist, extending his point streak to six games.