NHL Recaps: Avs rally by Jets, Canes blank Jackets, Blackhawks get 2 hat tricks in win, and more
The NHL schedule had six games on the schedule and fans enjoyed a bounty of goals.
In Chicago, two Blackhawks’ forwards registered hat tricks against the New Jersey Devil in a game that saw a total of 13 goals. Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes halted Patrik Laine’s scoring tear with a thorough dominant performance.
We start our recaps in the Colorado, where the Avalanche ignored the 3-0 hole they dug for themselves and roared back to defeat the Winnipeg Jets with 6 unanswered tallies.
NHL Recaps: Avalanche 6, Jets 3
Gabriel Landeskog scored three goals for his second hat trick of the season and fifth of his career, Nathan MacKinnon had two goals, and Colorado rallied to beat visiting Winnipeg in Denver.
Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist; Mikko Rantanen had three assists; Devon Toews, Cale Makar, Nazem Kadri and Valeri Nichushkin added two assists each; and Pavel Francouz stopped 25 shots for Colorado.
“A 3-0 hole is hard to come out of, but I felt like we were doing some good things in creating some chances at the start of the game,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “We knew if we corrected a few things on the defensive side we’d continue to get some of those chances. We’d have to beat Hellebuyck and capitalize better than we did in the first. We had some missed execution.”
Kyle Connor, Adam Lowry and Evgeny Svechnikov scored goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois had two assists and Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves for the Jets.
Blues 5, Sabres 3
Jordan Kyrou scored two goals and added an assist to power host St. Louis past Buffalo.
Jake Walman, Colton Parayko and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Blues, who extended their points streak to six games (5-0-1). Ivan Barbashev had three assists, Justin Faulk had two helpers and Ville Husso made 35 saves to earn the victory.
Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who lost their fifth straight game. Tage Thompson and Dylan Cozens also scored, and Dustin Tokarski made 18 saves.
Blackhawks 8, Devils 5
Patrick Kane and Brandon Hagel each registered hat tricks and Alex DeBrincat and Seth Jones notched three assists apiece to help the host Chicago Blackhawks top the New Jersey Devils 8-5 on Friday night to stop a seven-game home losing streak.
“Yeah, that’s nice,” Hagel said. “No better way to do it than on my 100th game. It felt good. Got that one out of the way so now I’m going for four.”
Chicago ended a three-game skid overall while earning its first victory at the United Center since Jan. 15. New Jersey lost for the third time in four games, as they were outscored 4-1 over the game’s final 5:56.
Kirby Dach and Ryan Carpenter scored 41 seconds apart late in the third period to put Chicago ahead 6-4. Kane and Hagel each cemented their hat tricks with empty-net goals.
Special teams boosted the Blackhawks, who finished 3-for-4 on the power play while killing two penalties. Kane added an assist for a four-point night, and Caleb Jones had two assists.
Coyotes 3, Golden Knights 1
Nick Schmaltz scored two goals and Scott Wedgewood made 43 saves to lead host Arizona to a victory over Vegas in Glendale, Ariz.
Shayne Gostisbehere also scored for Arizona, which avenged a 7-1 loss to the Golden Knights in the first meeting between the two teams on Dec. 3.
William Carrier scored for Vegas, which lost for the fourth time in the last five games. Laurent Brossoit finished with 29 saves.
Kings 4, Ducks 1
Adrian Kempe scored two second-period goals as Los Angeles extended its winning streak to four games, and continued its recent road dominance, with a victory over rival Anaheim.
Anze Kopitar and Carl Grundstrom also scored goals while Jonathan Quick made 24 saves as the Kings won their sixth consecutive road game and came out on top for the sixth time in their last seven contests.
Troy Terry scored a goal for the Ducks while John Gibson made 16 saves as Anaheim lost for the fifth time in its last seven games. Gibson was replaced late in the second period by Anthony Stolarz, who stopped all 12 shots he faced.
Hurricanes 4, Blue Jackets 0
Nino Niederreiter recorded a goal and an assist and Frederik Andersen stopped 19 shots as Carolina rolled past Columbus at Raleigh, N.C.
“Lucky I hit his skate and it went in,” Niederreiter said of his bank shot tally. “As soon as I saw he couldn’t handle the puck, I knew he was going to rush back into the net. That’s where you hope you get a bounce like that.”
Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen and Vincent Trocheck also scored for the Hurricanes. Ten of Andersen’s saves came in the final period in picking up his third shutout of the season and the 22nd of his career.
The game marked pretty much a reversal of Columbus’ 6-0 romp in the same building Jan. 13. In this latest matchup, Carolina finished with a 50-19 edge in shots on goal, aided by a 38-9 advantage through two periods. The Blue Jackets had a four-game winning streak snapped.
–Field Level Media contributed to this report