03/21 22:39 CDT Lightning beat Hurricanes 6-3 for 7th straight victory
Lightning beat Hurricanes 6-3 for 7th straight victory
By The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) --- Ryan Callahan scored the tiebreaking goal midway through
the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their seventh straight
win with a 6-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists and Tyler Johnson, Anthony Cirelli,
Brayden Point and Ryan McDonagh all scored for the Lightning, who scored four
unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 3-2 deficit.
Victor Hedman had three assists and Louis Domingue stopped 25 of 28 shots for
his 13th win in his past 14 starts. Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov became
the first player to reach 120 points in a season since 2006-07 with his assist
on Johnson's first-period goal.
Nino Niederreiter, Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Staal scored for the Hurricanes.
Staal's short-handed, go-ahead goal in the second period came after he returned
from hit to the head from Lightning center Yanni Gourde, who was given a match
penalty and ejected.
Curtis McElhinney made 26 saves for the Hurricanes, who are in a race for a
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
CANADIENS 4, ISLANDERS 0
MONTREAL (AP) --- Carey Price stopped 27 shots for his fourth shutout of the
season and Montreal beat New York to remain in the hunt for an Eastern
Conference playoff spot.
Joel Armia, Shea Weber, Jonathan Drouin and Jordan Weal also scored for the
Canadiens (39-28-7), who won their second straight after dropping two in a row.
Thomas Greiss gave up four goals on 22 shots for the Islanders (42-25-7) before
being pulled in the second period. Robin Lehner made 12 saves in relief.
FLYERS 3, BLACKHAWKS 1, SO
CHICAGO (AP) --- Carter Hart made 40 saves and James van Reimsdyk snapped a tie
in the third period, helping Philadelphia beat Chicago.
Corban Knight also scored and Sean Couturier added an empty-net goal as
Philadelphia picked up a sorely needed victory after dropping three of four.
Erik Gustafsson scored, and Corey Crawford made 25 stops for Chicago
(32-31-10), which missed out on a chance to gain ground in the race for the
second wild card out West.
AVALANCHE 3, STARS 1
DALLAS (AP) --- Philipp Grubauer made a season-high 44 saves, including 23 in
the third period, defensemen Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie scored and Colorado
beat Dallas to make the Western Conference playoff race even tighter.
Grubauer has allowed only two goals while facing 104 shots and carrying
Colorado on a three-game winning streak.
Carl Soderberg added an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left for the final
margin, helping the Avalanche leapfrog idle Minnesota for eighth place in the
Tyler Seguin scored the lone goal for Dallas with 5:01 to play. Goalie Ben
Bishop's personal winning streak ended at six games.
BRUINS 5, DEVILS 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) --- Patrice Bergeron scored twice and reached the 30-goal
mark for the fifth time and streaking Boston beat injury-ravaged New Jersey to
open a six-point lead over Toronto in the race for second place in the Atlantic
David Pastrnak, Danton Heinen and David Backes also scored for the Bruins, who
are 16-3-1 in their last 20 games. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves to improve to
18-2-3 in his last 23 games.
Drew Stafford scored for the Devils, ending a 34-game goal-scoring drought.
Cory Schneider made 22 saves as New Jersey lost for the ninth time in 12 games
PANTHERS 4, COYOTES 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) --- Aleksander Barkov scored two goals and Jonathan
Huberdeau had three assists as Florida won for the first time in three games.
Mike Hoffman and MacKenzie Weegar also scored goals for the Panthers. Roberto
Luongo made 32 saves and broke a five-game losing streak. Evgenii Dadonov added
Brad Richardson and Michael Grabner scored for the Coyotes, who lost their
third straight. Darcy Kuemper stopped 18 shots.
BLUES 5, RED WINGS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) --- Ivan Barbashev recorded his first career NHL hat trick to
lead St. Louis past Detroit.
Oskar Sundqvist and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues, who have earned
points in their last four games. Rookie Jordan Binnington made 20 saves,
improving to 19-4-1.
Thomas Vanek scored twice and Jonathan Bernier made 19 saves for the Red Wings,
who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
PENGUINS 2, PREDATORS 1, SO
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) --- Sidney Crosby's goal in the shootout gave Pittsburgh
a win over Nashville and ended the Penguins' three-game losing streak.
Bryan Rust scored in regulation for the Penguins, who moved into a second-place
tie with the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division with 91 points
each. Matt Murray made 27 saves.
Ryan Ellis scored for Nashville, which had its three-game winning streak
snapped. Pekka Rinne made 31 saves in the loss as Nashville remained three
points behind first-place Winnipeg in the Central Division.
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