NHL Recaps: Bolts blank Canes, Oilers slip up Knights, Rangers thump Jackets, and more

NHL Recaps:  March 28, 2023

There was a whole lot of offense on Tuesday night across the NHL landscape. With 10 games on tap, several teams posted wins by scoring four goals or better.

We begin with the Tampa Bay Lightning as they inch closer to securing a playoff spot as they blanked the Carolina Hurricanes.

NHL Recaps: Andrei Vasilevskiy stumps Canes

Lightning 4 vs Hurricanes 0

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves and Brayden Point provided two goals and an assist as Tampa Bay snapped a four-game losing streak with a much-needed victory against Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.

“It’s a rebound and I’m just trying to put a puck in there,” Point said via NHL.com. “If it doesn’t bounce off him, maybe it bounces to one of our guys.”

Steven Stamkos added a goal and two assists for the Lightning. Alex Killorn’s empty-net goal came with 4:21 remaining. Vasilevskiy’s third shutout of the season came in a thorough performance as the Lightning kept the Hurricanes in check. He made 14 of his saves in the third period.

The Hurricanes were shutout victims for the third time this month, ending a four-game homestand with a frustrating result. Pyotr Kochetkov made 17 saves.

Red Wings 7 vs Penguins 4

David Perron scored three third-period goals to help lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 7-4 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Perron scored two goals in a span of 45 seconds to give Detroit a 6-4 lead with 2:55 remaining in the game. First, while on a power play, Perron fired a shot from the left faceoff circle that went through the legs of Pittsburgh goalie Casey DeSmith to make it 5-4 with 3:40 left. Perron then fluttered a backhand shot underneath the crossbar with 2:55 to go.

Dylan Larkin added an empty-net goal for Detroit with 36.9 seconds left. Larkin also had two assists for a three-point night for the Red Wings.

Four different players scored for the Penguins, and Evgeni Malkin and Rickard Rakell each had two assists. Pittsburgh lost for the sixth time in eight games. Jason Zucker, Jake Guentzel and Jeff Carter each had a goal in the second period to erase the Penguins’ 3-0 deficit.

Predators 2 vs Bruins 1

Juuse Saros made 35 saves as Nashville won in Boston, handing the Bruins a rare regulation loss at home and ending their seven-game winning streak.

Cody Glass had a goal and also assisted on Cole Smith’s empty-netter for Nashville, which lost its previous two games. Boston broke Saros’ shutout bid with 0.3 seconds left when David Pastrnak buried a turnaround shot at the left crease for his 52nd goal of the season.

Linus Ullmark stopped 21 shots, but Boston lost in regulation for just the fourth time this season on home ice (30-4-3). The Bruins need 14 points in their last eight games to set the NHL’s single-season record for points, a mark currently held by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens (132 points).

Rangers 6 vs Blue Jackets 2

Patrick Kane capped a three-goal flurry in the first period as host New York continued its roll by clobbering Columbus.

“We wanted to take care of business tonight and set up the opportunity to have that chance,” Kane said of the upcoming battle for second-place against the Devils on Thursday. “MSG is an amazing place to play. I think it’s a big advantage to have home ice. We have that in front of us now if we do what we need to do.”

The NY Rangers improved to 9-1-1 in their past 11 contests and moved within two points of the second-place New Jersey Devils in the Metropolitan Division. Filip Chytil and Vladimir Tarasenko scored before Kane netted his fifth goal since being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 28. Artemi Panarin and Vincent Trocheck also tallied goals.

Kiril Marchenko scored his 20th goal to match the Columbus rookie record set by Pierre-Luc Dubois in 2017-18. Johnny Gaudreau set up Marchenko’s power-play goal and then scored late in the first.

Flyers 3 vs Canadiens 2

Morgan Frost scored two goals, Owen Tippett added another and host Philadelphia defeated Montreal.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Flyers. Philadelphia goaltender Felix Sandstrom made 27 saves. Sandstrom was a late addition to the lineup following an injury to Carter Hart. Brendan Gallagher and Rafael Harvey-Pinard each scored for the Canadiens. Canadiens goaltender Cayden Primeau stopped 24 shots.

Frost scored the go-ahead goal at 17:45 of the third period when he skated up the side, weaved around a couple defenders and flipped a wrist shot into the net. Primeau was then pulled for an extra skater and Tippett capitalized with an empty-net goal at 18:14 for a 3-1 advantage. Harvey-Pinard closed Montreal within 3-2 with only 22.4 seconds remaining.

NHL Recaps: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins explodes

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Mar 28, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Oilers 7 vs Golden Knights 4

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and four assists, Connor McDavid had three assists and Leon Draisaitl added a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers cruised to a 7-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

“Obviously, offensively our team has been cooking all year. I’m playing with some great players,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “I’m just trying to help out a little more offensively than I did last year. Obviously, when you have team success, individual success follows that sometimes.”


It was the second five-point game Nugent-Hopkins’ career. Evander Kane scored the 300th goal of his career and Zach Hyman, Darnell Nurse, Evan Bouchard and Brett Kulak also scored for Edmonton (43-23-9, 95 points), which closed to within three points of the first-place Golden Knights (46-22-6, 98 points) in the Pacific Division.

Stuart Skinner finished with 18 saves as the Oilers extended their point streak to eight games (7-0-1).

Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals for Vegas, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Alex Pietrangelo had two assists and William Karlsson and Michael Amadio also scored, while Jonathan Quick stopped 28 of 34 shots before giving way to Laurent Brossoit, who made four saves.

Blues 6 vs Canucks 5 (OT)

Jakub Vrana scored twice, including the overtime winner, as host St. Louis edged Vancouver to leave the teams with identical records.

Justin Faulk had a goal and two assists and Pavel Buchnevich added a goal and an assist for the Blues, who won for the fifth time in seven games (5-1-1).

Quinn Hughes logged two goals and an assist and Andrei Kuzmenko also scored twice for the Canucks. Brock Boeser had a goal and two assists as the Canucks lost for only the third time in 13 games (10-2-1).

Stars 4 vs Blackhawks 1

Four different players scored and Jake Oettinger made 17 saves to lead Dallas past host Chicago.

Tyler Seguin, Colin Miller, Joe Pavelski and Luke Glendening tallied for the Stars, who are one point behind the Central Division-leading Minnesota Wild and are tied in points with the second-place Colorado Avalanche, who hold a game in hand.

Tyler Johnson scored for the Blackhawks, who have lost six straight. Alex Stalock made 26 saves before he was given a game misconduct at 16:32 of the third period. Petr Mrazek stopped all three shots he faced in relief.

Flames 2 vs Kings 1

Jacob Markstrom sparkled in net, backstopping host Calgary past Los Angeles, ending the Kings’ franchise-record point streak.

Andrew Mangiapane and Walker Duehr scored for the Flames while Markstrom made 32 saves in one of his best performances of the season. Calgary is just outside the final Western Conference playoff spot with seven games remaining.

Sean Durzi scored for the Kings, who lost in regulation for the first time in 13 games. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo stopped 30 shots. The Kings, who are battling for the top spot in the Pacific Division and Western Conference, went into the clash riding a three-game winning streak and on a franchise-record point streak (10-0-2).

Sharks 3 vs Jets 0

James Reimer made 41 saves and Noah Gregor had a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks recorded a 3-0 shutout win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

The victory ended San Jose’s nine-game (0-6-3) winless streak, avoiding the eighth double-digit winless drought in Sharks franchise history.

Reimer collected his third shutout of the season and was often spectacular in stopping all 41 shots faced. The highlight was a save-of-the-year candidate at 16:19 of the second period, when Reimer extended his stick to knock away Mason Appleton’s shot on an open net.

Gregor recorded his first multi-point performance of the season, including the game’s first tally at 9:51 of the first period. It was the 12th time in the Jets’ last 14 games that the opposing team had scored the opening goal.

Kevin Labanc and Martin Kaut scored the Sharks’ other goals, both in the third period.

–Field Level Media