NHL Recaps: Bruins beat Knights, Mikko Rantanen lifts Avs, Ovi scores again, and more

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Dec 11, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Boston Bruins center Trent Frederic (11) celebrates a goal scored by Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) against the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Recaps:  December 11, 2022

The league’s slate had six games on Sunday for fans to enjoy.

We begin the recaps in Vegas where the Bruins were looking to avenge a loss to the Golden Knights in Boston earlier in the week.

NHL Recaps: Bruins beat Knights

Bruins 3 vs Golden Knights 1

Jake DeBrusk and Charlie Coyle scored third-period goals to help Boston avenge Monday’s overtime loss to Vegas at home with a come-from-behind road win.

Patrice Bergeron began Boston’s run of three unanswered goals with a game-tying strike in the second period. Linus Ullmark improved to 16-1-0 with a 30-save effort.

“I felt we defended really well and kept them to the outside,” Ullmark said via NHL.com. “It helped me see the shots. Whenever I didn’t see it, we blocked them. It was a really good team effort.”

Mark Stone’s goal 4:03 into the first period gave the Golden Knights an early 1-0 lead. Logan Thompson made 24 saves for Vegas, which had won three of four.

Coyotes 5 vs Flyers 4 (OT)

Clayton Keller capped his first hat trick on a goal with 22.4 seconds left in overtime, giving the Arizona Coyotes a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night in Tempe, Ariz.

With time winding down, Keller got the puck, skated through the slot, then beat Philadelphia netminder Carter Hart (24 saves) on the glove side for the Coyotes, who’ve followed a 4-7-3 road stretch with two straight home wins. Keller opened the scoring and also scored on a breakaway in the second for Arizona, which got a goal and an assist from Nick Ritchie in addition to Jack McBain’s score.

Morgan Frost and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and three assists, Owen Tippett recorded one of each and Travis Konecny also scored for the Flyers, who fired a season-high 41 shots, but fell to 0-6 in overtime. Philadelphia is in an 0-3-5 road rut and is 2-10-5 overall since Nov. 10.

Blue Jackets 6 vs Kings 5 (OT)

Johnny Gaudreau was credited with a goal 40 seconds into overtime that gave Columbus a win against visiting Los Angeles.

Patrik Laine took a shot that was saved by Jonathan Quick. The rebound went off Gaudreau and fell in the Los Angeles crease, where Kings forward Kevin Fiala tried to clear the puck, but it went off Quick and into his own net.

Jack Roslovic had two goals and two assists, Laine and Gaudreau each had a goal and two assists and Elvis Merzlikins made 33 saves for the Blue Jackets. For the Kings, who are 2-1-1 on a six-game road trip, Anze Kopitar scored two goals, and Quick made 20 saves.

NHL Recaps: Mikko Rantanen lifts Avs

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Dec 11, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Avalanche 3 vs Blues 2 (OT)

Mikko Rantanen scored three goals — including the game-winner 29 seconds into overtime — to lift visiting Colorado over St. Louis.

“I think we knew what to do and we just needed to win,” Rantanen said via NHL.com. “We tried to execute the game plan and we got it done in the first shift.”

Rantanen had tied the score with nine seconds left in regulation, then completed his hat trick by driving to the net to deflect home Cale Makar’s rebound on the first shift in overtime. Pavel Francouz made 30 saves for the Avalanche, who snapped their four-game winless streak.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Brandon Saad scored for the Blues, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Jordan Binnington made 28 saves.

Capitals 5 vs Jets 2

Visiting Washington scored four second-period goals and held on to defeat Winnipeg.

Alex Ovechkin scored his fourth empty-net goal in three games for the Capitals, who have won four straight, their longest winning streak of the season. Charlie Lindgren made 29 saves in his fourth consecutive start. Ovechkin has 797 NHL goals, four behind Gordie Howe for second place all-time.

Adam Lowry and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for the Jets, who had won four straight. Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves.

Kraken 5 vs Panthers 2

Yanni Gourde and Matty Beniers each tallied one goal and one assist as Seattle snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Florida in Sunrise, Fla.

Seattle also got goals from Daniel Sprong, Andre Burakovsky and Jordan Eberle. Martin Jones made 23 saves to improve his record to 13-5-2. The Panthers, who are 4-6-3 in their past 13 games, got goals from Eric Staal and Chris Tierney. Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves.

Staal’s goal was his first goal as a member of the Panthers and his first since June 22, 2021. He did not play last season. When Staal scored Sunday, he yelled, “Finally!”

–Field Level Media

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