NHL Roundup: Corey Perry nets career goal 400, Seguin leads Stars, Habs win again, and more
The NHL saw another milestone hit. This time it was Corey Perry recording his 400th goal in a Tampa Bay Lightning win over the Edmonton Oilers.
All in all, there were five games on the schedule which included a key match up for the Dallas Stars. They won their game against the Winnipeg Jets to stay in the playoff hunt thanks to a controversial OT goal by Tyler Seguin.
Also, the Montreal Canadiens won their fourth in a row under new head coach Martin St. Louis. He has the Habs going and is excited to see their progress in such a short time. “When you watch on TV you don’t know their personalities, you’re not around them every day,” he said. “There are a lot of winners on this team. Guys who take the team’s success to heart. You win a lot of games with guys like that.”
Lightning 5, Oilers 3: Corey Perry gets 400
Corey Perry netted his 400th NHL goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning won for the ninth straight time on home ice over the Edmonton Oilers in a 5-3 victory on Wednesday night.
After drawing a tripping penalty, Perry scored on the power play by deflecting a shot by Mikhail Sergachev (two assists) for his 14th goal of the season and a 4-1 lead at 15:24 of the second.
Perry became the 103rd player to achieve the milestone and the ninth active player to reach the mark.
“It’s exciting. It’s a great personal accomplishment,” Perry said. “But I have to give a lot of credit to the guys I played with in the past and the guys here. I never thought growing up that I would hit 400 goals in the NHL.”
Pat Maroon recorded a goal and a helper, Steven Stamkos netted his 24th and Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov tallied for Tampa Bay, which is 13-1-2 in its past 16 games at home and has won five straight overall against Edmonton. Winning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots.
Kings 3, Coyotes 2
Viktor Arvidsson’s second goal of the game, a tiebreaking tally with 3:39 left, lifted Los Angeles to a win over Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.
Blake Lizotte also scored and Trevor Moore recorded two assists for the Kings, who have won five of six. Cal Petersen made 17 saves for the victory.
Clayton Keller scored for the fourth straight game, Barrett Hayton added a goal and Scott Wedgewood made 32 saves for the Coyotes, who failed in their attempt to win back-to-back games for the third time this season.
Stars 3, Jets 2 (OT)
Tyler Seguin scored 54 seconds into overtime, and Dallas beat visiting Winnipeg.
Initially not called a goal on the ice, replay quickly confirmed Seguin did score after batting the puck out of mid-air with his stick and over the shoulder of Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (36 saves). Seguin assisted on Denis Gurianov’s tying goal late in the third and Jamie Benn notched a goal and two assists for the Stars, who have won 10 of their last 14.
“I just thought that [Blake Wheeler] was baiting me,” Seguin said. “Quick shot last second, and the puck was in the air, and I felt like I got another whack on it. … I thought it went in right away, and happy it did.”NHL.com
Mark Scheifele recorded a goal with an assist to snap a three-game point drought and Neal Pionk posted two assists for the Jets, who have lost three in a row. Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg, which is 0-3-3 in its last six games at Dallas.
Avalanche 5, Red Wings 2
Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals to lead Colorado to a road win over Detroit.
Colorado also got goals from Tyson Jost, Nazem Kadri and Valeri Nichushkin, while Cale Makar, Alex Newhook and Mikko Rantanen notched two assists apiece. Pavel Francouz made 32 saves for the Avalanche, who added to their NHL-best point total by winning for the third time in four games.
Filip Zadina and Robby Fabbri scored for Detroit, which outshot the Avalanche by a 34-31 margin. Moritz Seider and Dylan Larkin both registered two assists and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots.
Canadiens 4, Sabres 0
Nick Suzuki had two goals and an assist and host Montreal won its fourth straight with a shutout over slumping Buffalo.
Cole Caufield had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who are 4-3-0 under interim coach Martin St. Louis. Sam Montembeault made 32 saves to earn his first NHL shutout. Craig Anderson made 25 saves for the Sabres, who lost their fourth straight.
“It’s so much fun to get my first shutout at Bell Centre,” Montembeault said. “I think I’m going to have to speak to the timekeeper. I was watching the clock in the third period and I felt time was not going down as fast as it did in the other periods. I’m really happy. The guys did extraordinary work.”
Anderson had to be sharp in the first period as Buffalo struggled in the first half of the opening frame with several turnovers. Five minutes into the period, he robbed forward Laurent Dauphin point blank with a pad save and, with just under four minutes to go, denied Caufield with a sprawling stick save.
–Field Level Media contributed to this report.