Ryan O’Reilly (NASDAQ 🙂 posted the second hat trick of his career and Jaden Schwartz added another pair of goals as St. Louis Blues beat Minnesota Wild 9-1 on Friday night.
Justin Faulk (goals, two assists), Sammy Blais (goals, two assists), Torey Krug (two assists), Robert Thomas (two assists) and Tyler Bozak (two assists) also played many points for the Blues.
Zach Sanford and Ivan Barbashev also scored as the Blues won consecutive matches for the first time since March 19 to 20. Jordan Binnington made 24 saves in the win.
Zach Parise scored for Wild, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves.
Golden Knights 7, Coyotes 4
Reilly Smith scored twice, Jonathan Marchessault, Chandler Stephenson and Max Pacioretty each had one goal and one assist each and Vegas took a five-point lead before going on to beat Arizona in Las Vegas.
Seven goals was a high season for the Golden Knights. Marchessault, William Carrier, Keegan Kolesar and Smith all scored between 5:41 in the opening half. Robin Lehner made 22 saves for Vegas.
Nick Schmaltz had one goal and one assist and Clayton Keller, Dryden Hunt and Michael Bunting also scored for Arizona. Phil Kessel, playing for his 885 straight match to break the record with Steve Larmer for the fifth longest iron man in NHL history, made three assists.
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Defenders Justin Schultz and Brenden Dillon combined for two goals and three assists as Washington continued to dominate last season against Buffalo for a much-needed victory.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 21st of the season, Jakub Vrana overcame a goal drought in 13 games and rookie Vitek Vanecek (5-0-1 against Buffalo this season) made 30 saves for Capitals, the one who helped them hold the team in the Eastern tournament. Capitals scored 6-0-1 against Sabers and won all four matches at Buffalo.
Henri Jokiharju and Casey Mittelstadt, each scoring, and Tage Thompson’s 1:20-minute goal in the match made a lot of fun for Sabers, but they ended up losing the second in a row. 3-0-1. Dustin Tokarski has saved 29 shots in his fourth match for Buffalo this season.
Penguins 6, Devil 4
Bryan Rust had two goals and one assist as Pittsburgh led three and went on to beat Newark, NJ
Sidney Crosby scored one more goal and two assists, Jared McCann one and one assist, Brian Dumoulin and Colton Sceviour also scored for Penguins, who have won two consecutive wins. Goalkeeper Casey DeSmith made 26 saves for Pittsburgh, including seven in the past nine.
Miles Wood scored twice and Jack Hughes and Jesper Boqvist also scored for New Jersey, 2-5-2 in the past nine games. Mackenzie Blackwood made 21 saves.
Avalanche 2, Duck 0
Jonas Johansson made 28 saves in his first game of his career while visiting Colorado against Anaheim.
Valeri Nichushkin and Mikko Rantanen scored and Nathan MacKinnon had an assist to extend his streak to eight games.
John Gibson made 33 saves for the Ducks, they lost 11 of the last 15 matches (4-10-1). Anaheim did not have captain Ryan Getzlaf (upper body injury) for the third consecutive match, and he was placed on the bench due to an injury.
Sharks 5, Kings 2
Dylan Gambrell scored a short, narrow goal and Martin Jones made 32 saves as hosts San Jose beat Los Angeles to win fifth of six.
The kings threatened to end the game at the end of the third half, leading 3-2 and continuing to play power with 4:05 left. However, Sharks defender Burns took the ice up Evander Kane, who gave Gambrell the chance to score a narrow goal.
Kevin Labanc, Patrick Marleau and Rudolfs Bal Cancer also scored for San Jose. Burns has three assists, and Kane has two assists. Alex Iafallo and Jaret Anderson-Dolan are the scorers for Los Angeles. Calvin Petersen made 24 saves in the defeat.
Rangers 4, Islanders 1
Alexis Lafreniere and Colin Blackwell scored in the second phase for the New York Rangers to visit, who won their place in the East Division playoff race by beating the New York Islanders in Uniondale, NY
K’Andre Miller and Mika Zibanejad also scored and Alexandar Georgiev made 31 saves for Rangers, which overcame the idle Philadelphia Flyers to take fifth in the East Division, five points behind the Boston Bruins.
Andy Greene scored his first goal of the season since February 13, 2020 for Islanders, who had a streak of four consecutive wins cut off as they fell into their first-class match against Washington Capitals. Semyon Varlamov scored 32 saves.
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