NHL roundup: Crosby hits 500, Doughty plays game 1000, Laviolette gets win 700, and more
The NHL schedule on Tuesday night was loaded with milestones. There were 9 games on the docket with some amazing happenings around the league.
In Nashville, coach Peter Laviolette returned to the city where he had so much success to pick up his 700th career win. Drew Doughty delighted the crowd with a funny pre-game speech to honor his 1000th game.
However, we start our recaps in Pittsburgh where Sidney Crosby finally reached a milestone he’s been chasing all season.
Penguins 5, Flyers 4
Kris Letang scored off a two-on-one 31 seconds into overtime and Sidney Crosby scored his 500th career goal as the host Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth in a row, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 on Tuesday.
Speaking to AT&T Sportsnet at the first intermission, Crosby said, “You know I’ve been hovering around here for a little bit, so nice to get it, great to be at home to get it.”
Dominik Simon, Jake Guentzel and Chad Ruhwedel also scored for the Penguins. Letang and Crosby each added an assist, and Pittsburgh goaltender Casey DeSmith made 23 saves. The Penguins rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit by scoring twice in 18 seconds.
Scott Laughton had a goal and an assist and Claude Giroux, Nick Seeler and Justin Braun also scored for Flyers, who lost their third straight (0-2-1). James van Riemsdyk logged two assists, and Philadelphia goalie Carter Hart stopped 29 shots.
Crosby is the second active player (Washington’s Alex Ovechkin), the 46th all-time player and the second Penguins player (Mario Lemieux) to reach 500 goals.
“It’s hard to put into words,” Crosby said via NHL.com. “I think just being able to be part of some great teams over the years, play with some great players. It’s a cool number. You look at the guys who have scored 500 goals, I think it’s just a privilege to be part of that company.”
Rangers 2, Bruins 1 (SO)
K’Andre Miller scored the deciding goal in the ninth round of the shootout as host New York outlasted Boston for its third straight win.
“A little nervous there, but it all worked out,” Miller said. “Coach kind of turned to me when their guy was up and I was like, ‘Really, you want me to go, am I hearing this right?’ But it was a fun opportunity and I’m glad I made the most out of it.”
Charlie Coyle scored early in the opening period for the Bruins while Filip Chytil scored midway through the third period for New York.
Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves, then denied seven shootout attempts after missing the final 40.5 seconds of overtime for a concussion check. Bruins goaltender Jake DeBrusk finished with 33 saves.
“When I came back out, the fans gave me so much energy,” Shesterkin said. “I couldn’t do anything else but save the game.”
Stars 4, Avalanche 1
Joe Pavelski had two goals and two assists, Tyler Seguin added a goal and two assists and Dallas beat Colorado in Denver, snapping the Avalanche’s 19-game point streak.
Jake Oettinger made 46 saves and Jason Robertson recorded a goal and an assist for Dallas, which earned a split of a home-and-home set with Colorado.
Nathan MacKinnon scored and Pavel Francouz stopped 16 shots for the Avalanche.
“Somebody had to come in here and break the streak,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “We’re the team to do it.”
Capitals 4, Predators 1
Alex Ovechkin reached 30 goals for the 16th season as visiting Washington defeated Nashville for its fourth straight road win. Ovechkin scored his 30th and 31st goals, passing Jaromir Jagr (15 seasons with 30 or more goals). He is second only to Mike Gartner (17) in that category.
Joe Snively and Nick Jensen also scored for Washington. Ilya Samsonov made 33 saves. Capitals coach Peter Laviolette became the 10th coach in NHL history to reach the 700-win milestone.
“The fact that it’s Nashville and this is the last stop that we had … for me, the win was really good for our team,” Laviolette said.
Michael McCarron scored for the Predators, who have lost four of their past five games. Juuse Saros made 24 saves.
Flames 6, Blue Jackets 2
Elias Lindholm had a goal and two assists to help Calgary beat visiting Columbus for its seventh straight win.
Tyler Toffoli scored in his team debut for the Flames, who moved past the Vegas Golden Knights and into first place in the Pacific Division. Erik Gudbranson, Matthew Tkachuk, Dillon Dube and Adam Ruzicka also scored, and Dan Vladar made 18 saves.
Adam Boqvist and Zach Werenski scored and Elvis Merzlikins made 35 saves for the Blue Jackets, who had won three in a row and five of six.
Sabres 6, Islanders 3
Victor Olofsson scored twice in the final three minutes, including the go-ahead goal with 2:55 left, as host Buffalo built a rare winning streak by beating New York.
Kyle Okposo, Tage Thompson and Alex Tuch scored in the first two periods and Henri Jokiharju scored the first empty-netter with 1:05 left for the Sabres, who have won two straight for just the third time since opening the season with a three-game winning streak. Goalie Dustin Tokarski made 30 saves.
Kyle Palmieri scored twice and Anders Lee collected a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who went 1-3-0 on a four-game road trip and have lost seven of 10 (3-7-0). Sorokin recorded 35 saves.
Blues 5, Senators 2
Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and added an assist as visiting St. Louis defeated depleted Ottawa.
Robert Thomas had a goal and two assists and Pavel Buchnevich had three assists for the Blues, who won their second straight game. Brayden Schenn and Oskar Sundqvist also scored, and Ville Husso made 18 saves to earn the victory.
Tim Stutzle and Parker Kelly scored and Erik Brannstrom had two assists for the Senators, who lost for the third time in their past four games. Matt Murray made 27 saves before exiting the game midway through the third period after Sundqvist fell on him. Anton Forsberg took over in the Ottawa crease and stopped all four shots he faced.
Oilers 5, Kings 2
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Kailer Yamamoto, Zach Hyman and Evander Kane scored third-period goals as visiting Edmonton rallied past Los Angeles to give new coach Jay Woodcroft his third victory in three tries.
Connor McDavid added a goal and Mike Smith made 30 saves for the Oilers, who pulled even with the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks for third place in the Pacific Division, all with 55 points. Edmonton has outscored its opponents 11-3 since Woodcroft was named the coach on Thursday after Dave Tippett was fired.
Arthur Kaliyev and Phillip Danault scored goals for the Kings, who were playing for the first time in 13 days. The Kings returned to the ice after recording a point in every game of a six-game road trip (4-0-2).
Before the game, the Kings honored Drew Doughty for playing in his 1000th game. “To my teammates, I love you guys…who else? Edmonton, thanks for going through this. I know it sucks watching it but we’ll get out there in a second,” he joked.
Lightning 6, Devils 3
Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the Lightning scored five unanswered goals against New Jersey, beating the Devils in Newark, N.J., to win the season series.
Trailing 3-1 in the second, Tampa Bay scored twice to end the period, then added three goals in the final period to win its second straight game and improve to 11-3-1 in the past 15 matches. The Lightning got goals Tuesday from Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn, Pat Maroon, Nikita Kucherov and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
New Jersey rookie Dawson Mercer recorded a tally off a Lightning own-goal and posted two assists for a career-high three points, and Yegor Sharangovich and Jack Hughes each tallied and had a helper as the Devils fell to 2-9-0 in their past 11 games.
–Field Level Media contributed to this report