Preds Win Franchise-Best 9th Straight
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots, Ryan Hartman scored at 5:33 of the third period and the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 Tuesday night for a franchise-record ninth straight victory.
The Predators extended the NHL’s longest active winning streak. The defending Western Conference champs also padded their lead atop both the conference and the Central Division.
Rinne recorded his seventh shutout this season, tying Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy for most in the NHL. Rinne now is 17-1-1 over his last 19 games.
Nick Bonino scored an empty-netter with 13.6 seconds left after Stars defenseman John Klingberg caught a skate on his own net, causing him to trip and lose the puck.
Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves for Dallas.
BRUINS 6, RED WINGS 5, OT
BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand completed his hat trick 34 seconds into overtime and Boston escaped with the victory over Detroit after twice squandering a two-goal lead in regulation.
It was a team-record 11th regular-season overtime goal for Marchand, who also had two assists.
Torey Krug had two goals and two assists, and David Pastrnak had three assists for the Bruins, who won for the fourth game in a row.
Anton Khudobin made 30 saves for Boston, which led 2-0 after 52 seconds and never trailed but needed overtime after Martin Frk made it 5-5 midway through the third period.
WILD 6, HURRICANES 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal’s second goal of the night capped a franchise-record flurry to start the second period, and Minnesota cruised past Carolina.
Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for his fifth win in his last six starts, and the Wild raised their home record to an NHL-leading 24-5-6.
Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Daniel Winnik and Staal scored in a span of 3:28, the fastest four-goal stretch in Wild history that gave the home team a huge lead less than four minutes after the first intermission ended while fans were still filing back into their seats.
Staal, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft by the Hurricanes who spent 13 years with the club until a late-season trade, has 64 goals in 149 games with the Wild.
RANGERS 3, JETS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Patrik Laine got his fourth hat trick and set a career high with his 38th goal, lifting Winnipeg over New York.
The 19-year-old star had been the youngest ever with three hat tricks — getting there at 18 years, 302 days — but it had been over a year since his last three-goal game. Laine is now two goals behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead this season.
Laine has at least a point in nine straight games (13 goals, six assists) and has scored multiple goals in four of his past five contests.
Steve Mason made 31 saves as the Jets extended their winning streak to three.
Henrik Lundqvist made his 798th career appearance and stopped 31 shots as the Rangers lost for the first time in four games.
DEVILS 6, CANADIENS 4
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Hall extended his point-scoring streak to 19 games, Travis Zajac scored two power-play goals and New Jersey beat Montreal to snap a three-game skid.
Hall’s consecutive-points streak is the longest in the NHL this season. Hall, who had two assists, has recorded points in his last 26 appearances dating to Jan. 2. He missed three games before the All-Star break with a thumb injury during that span.
Stefan Noesen, Blake Coleman, Patrick Maroon and Brian Boyle also scored for the Devils. Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves.
Jacob de la Rose scored twice for the Canadiens, who had picked up at least one point in their previous seven games (3-0-4). Brendan Gallagher and Byron Froese had the other goals.
LIGHTNING 5, PANTHERS 4, OT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point scored 2:49 into overtime to give Tampa Bay the victory over Florida.
Point scored his third overtime goal of the season.
Yanni Gourde scored twice and finished with three points for the Lightning, who reached overtime for the sixth consecutive game. J.T. Miller added his 15th of the season, second with the Lightning.
Nick Bjugstad recorded his first career hat trick and Aleksander Barkov finished with three assists for the Panthers.
BLUE JACKETS 4, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots, Artemi Panarin and Pierre Luc-Dubois each had a goal and two assists, and Columbus beat Vegas.
Zach Werenski and Ian Cole also scored for the Blue Jackets, winners of two straight and four of their last six. The victory over the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights helped Columbus hold onto the second wild card in the Eastern Division with 15 games remaining.
Marc-Andre Fleury — a Blue Jacket-killer in the playoffs last year for Pittsburgh — had 17 saves for the Golden Knights, who have lost four of five. Erik Haula scored for Vegas.