NHL Recaps: Bruins pound Panthers, Avs edge Isles, Sabres over Knights, and more
NHL Recaps: December 19, 2022
The NHL docket had 8 matches on tap for Monday night.
In Colorado, the Avalanche outlasted the New York Islanders in a shootout behind Alexandar Georgiev shutout. Tage Thompson continues to impress leading the Buffalo Sabres to victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.
We begin our recaps in Boston where the Bruins look unstoppable this season as they demolish division rivals Florida Panthers.
NHL Recaps: Bruins pound Panthers
Bruins 7 vs Panthers 3
Patrice Bergeron had two goals and two assists as Boston posted a season-high goal total in a win over visiting Florida. Linus Ullmark made 36 saves to help the Bruins improve to 17-0-2 at home this season.
Brandon Carlo and Connor Clifton each had a goal and an assist, and Charlie Coyle, David Krejci and David Pastrnak also scored for Boston. Brad Marchand (three), Taylor Hall (two) and Hampus Lindholm (two) each had multiple assists.
Sam Reinhart and Carter Verhaeghe each had a goal and an assist and Eric Staal also scored for Florida, which has lost four of six (2-4-0). Spencer Knight stopped 19 shots.
“Our depth wore on them,” Boston coach Jim Montgomery said. “We kept playing four lines, you know, with 5-on-5 play the majority of the time, especially the first 30 minutes, it allowed us to get ahead.”NHL.com
Stars 2 vs Blue Jackets 1
Jake Oettinger made 27 saves and came within 15 seconds of a shutout as Dallas defeated host Columbus.
Wyatt Johnston and Jason Robertson scored for the Stars, who closed out a five-game road trip with seven out of 10 potential points (3-1-1). Robertson scored into an empty net to pad the lead with 1:07 remaining, but the marker stood as the game-winning goal after Kent Johnson spoiled Oettinger’s shutout bid.
Daniil Tarasov made 32 saves for Columbus, which has lost four straight. It would have been Oettinger’s third shutout of the season and fifth of his career. He played in his 100th career NHL game on Monday.
Capitals 4 vs Red Wings 3 (OT)
Dmitry Orlov scored on a slapshot from the right side with 22 seconds remaining in overtime, giving Washington a win over visiting Detroit. The Red Wings squandered a 2-0 lead.
Nic Dowd scored goals 11 seconds apart in the second period and had an assist on Orlov’s game-winner. Erik Gustafsson scored his fourth goal in two games and added an assist for the Capitals, who have won seven of their past eight games. Alex Ovechkin failed to score for the third straight game. He remains at 800 career goals, one behind Red Wings legend Gordie Howe for second place on the all-time list.
David Perron, Oskar Sundqvist and Lucas Raymond scored for Detroit, which took its sixth consecutive loss (0-4-2). Ville Husso made 38 saves.
Predators 4 vs Oilers 3 (OT)
Alexandre Carrier scored with 2:48 remaining in overtime as Nashville snapped its season-high, six-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Edmonton.
Mattias Ekholm, Jordan Gross and Matt Duchene also scored for the Predators, who ended that 0-4-2 slide and an eight-game losing streak to the Oilers. Juuse Saros stopped 30 shots for the win.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two power-play goals for the Oilers. Jesse Puljujarvi also scored, and Connor McDavid had two assists to extend his point streak to 13 games. Edmonton’s Jack Campbell made 31 saves.
NHL Recaps: Avs blanks Isles in SO
Avalanche 1 vs Islanders 0 (SO)
Evan Rodrigues scored the only goal in a shootout to back a 26-save effort from Alexandar Georgiev as Colorado beat New York in Denver.
Georgiev notched his second shutout of the season and 10th of his career. He made a pad save on Mathew Barzal in the shootout. Mikko Rantanen had a career-high 10 shots on goal for Colorado, which improved to 3-1 on its five-game homestand.
“You try to be in the moment,” Georgiev said. “It’s kind of in the back of your mind, the score, but you try to play every moment like it’s the most important one, and you never know when the game can turn. It’s special. Definitely feels awesome. I’m going enjoy it today and get back to work tomorrow.”NHL.com
Ilya Sorokin turned away 46 shots through regulation and overtime, but Rodrigues beat him with a backhander on Colorado’s first attempt in the shootout.
Blues 5 vs Canucks 1
Jordan Kyrou collected his first career hat trick and added an assist to lead the visiting St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
Nathan Walker and Robert Thomas, in a two-point outing, also scored for St. Louis, which is riding a four-game winning streak. Vladimir Tarasenko collected three assists and Nick Leddy posted two helpers.
Jordan Binnington made 33 saves for the Blues, who have won the first three outings of a five-game road trip.
Ilya Mikheyev scored for the Canucks, who received a 22-save performance from Spencer Martin. Vancouver was without top point scorer Elias Pettersson for a second consecutive game due to non-COVID illness. It was the second consecutive game, and fifth on home ice this season, that the Canucks lost 5-1.
Sabres 3 vs Knights 2
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made a career-high 41 saves, including one on a penalty shot, and Tage Thompson notched a goal in his fourth consecutive game to lead Buffalo to a victory in Las Vegas. It was Luukkonen’s fourth win in his past five starts.
Jeff Skinner and Lawrence Pilut also scored goals for the Sabres, who won their fourth straight game and completed a sweep of a three-game Western road trip.
Reilly Smith and Chandler Stephenson scored for Vegas, which lost for the sixth time in its past seven home games.
Canadiens 3 vs Coyotes 2 (OT)
Mike Hoffman scored at 1:08 of overtime and Montreal ended a three-game losing streak with a win in Tempe, Ariz.
Cole Caufield and Christian Dvorak also scored and Sam Montembeault made 37 saves for the Canadiens in the opener of a seven-game road trip.
Nick Schmaltz and Matias Maccelli scored and Karel Vejmelka made 23 saves for the Coyotes, who lost their second game in a row, both at home.
–Field Level Media