TAMPA, Fla. — 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
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.
Toronto got a goal from
Kasperi Kapanen, and Frederik Andersen stopped 17 shots. The
Maple Leafs have lost three of four (1-2-1) after a
five-game winning streak.
SABRES 3, COYOTES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff
Skinner scored his 22nd goal of the season as Buffalo
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
Christian Fischer scored for
Arizona and Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 shots. The Coyotes have
lost four in a row after a four-game winning streak.
BLUE JACKETS 4, KINGS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) —
Artemi Panarin scored twice, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29
shots and Columbus topped Los Angeles.
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.
CANADIENS 6, HURRICANES 4
MONTREAL (AP) — Jeff Petry
scored twice and Casey Price made 27 saves for his fourth
consecutive victory as Montreal got past Carolina.
Matthew Peca, Brendan
Gallagher, Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Shaw also scored for
the Canadiens, who have won four of five. Phillip Danault
and Kenny Agostino each had two assists.
Andrei Svechnikov had two
goals, and Jaccob Slavin and Sebastian Aho also scored for
the Hurricanes. Petr Mrazek made 34 saves in place of
injured Curtis McElhinney.
WILD 5, PANTHERS 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nino
Niederreiter scored twice, Ryan Suter had three assists and
Devan Dubnyk finished with 30 saves as Minnesota downed
Eric Staal, Zach Parise and
Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild, who were coming off a
7-1 win over Montreal on Tuesday. Niederreiter added an
assist and has four goals in the last three games.
Denis Malgin scored his
second goal of the season and James Reimer stopped 21 shots
but the Panthers dropped their fourth straight.
PREDATORS 4, CANUCKS 3, OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —
Colton Sissons scored 3:05 into overtime to give Nashville a
victory over Vancouver.
Ryan Hartman, Nick Bonino and
Calle Jarnkrok also scored and Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for
the Predators, winners of two straight.
Jay Beagle, Brock Boeser and
Bo Horvat had the goals for the Canucks, who had won three
in a row.
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
SHARKS 3, STARS 2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) —
Timo Meier scored two goals and Logan Couture had two
assists in San Jose's win over Dallas.
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.
Joe Thornton also scored and
Martin Jones made 20 saves for the Sharks.
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
Meier scored at 2:50 of the
third period to break a 1-all tie.
Miro Heiskanen and Radek
Faksa scored for the Stars.
JETS 5, OILERS 4, OT
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) —
Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey scored 41 seconds into
overtime to lift Winnipeg over Edmonton.
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.
Scheifele, Mathieu Perreault,
Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine also scored for Winnipeg.
Dustin Byfuglien, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler each had
two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 22 saves.
Ryan Spooner, Darnell Nurse,
Jujhar Khaira and Alex Chiasson scored for the Oilers, and
Talbot stopped 35 shots. Connor McDavid had two assists,
extending his point streak to seven games.