NHL Recaps: Canucks rally to beat Canes, Habs stun Rangers, and Jets move into first

NHL Recaps:  January 15, 2023

Sunday’s NHL schedule was light with only three games on tap.

In New York, the Rangers couldn’t even come close to matching the energy they showed in their dramatic win over the Dallas Stars in the previous contests. Instead, the Montreal Canadiens picked up a rare road win thanks to Sam Montembeault’s goaltending.

Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets beat the Arizona Coyotes to move into first place in the Central Division. However, we start the recess with the Vancouver Canucks pulling together to rally by the Carolina Hurricanes.

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NHL Recaps: Canucks rally by Canes

Canucks 4 vs Hurricanes 3 (SO)

Elias Pettersson converted on the last attempt of a shootout to allow the Vancouver Canucks to salvage the last game of a road trip with a 4-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at Raleigh, N.C.

The Canucks rallied from a two-goal hole. A goal by ex-Carolina defenseman Ethan Bear with 2:08 to play in the second period put the Canucks on the board. J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser notched third-period goals, with Boeser’s coming with just 17 seconds left to play.

Paul Stastny and Jordan Martinook scored in the first period and Sebastian Aho had a third-period goal for the Hurricanes. Carolina goalie Pyotr Kochetkov made 29 saves. The rookie is 0-3-1 following a Dec. 20 victory against the New Jersey Devils.

The Canucks went 1-4-0 on a five-game road trip. Goalie Collin Delia stopped 29 shots. Andrei Kuzmenko also converted in the shootout for Vancouver.

“I think they earned that. They’ve been coming so close,” Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Even in the third, I thought we were playing really good, and they score with three minutes to go. But again, they said, ‘No, we’re not giving up,’ and they went out there and scored and we got the shootout win. So it’s great.”


NHL Recaps: Habs stun Rangers

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Dec 27, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) looks up during a stoppage in time during the second period against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Canadiens 2 vs Rangers 1

Cole Caufield scored the tiebreaking goal with 11:04 remaining in regulation and Sam Montembeault made 38 saves as Montreal snapped a seven-game road losing streak with a victory over New York.

With the game tied at 1-1, New York defenseman K’Andre Miller lost control of the puck behind his own net just before the midway portion of the third period. Montreal’s Nick Suzuki took possession and sent it in front of the net for a wide-open Caufield to bury for his 26th goal.

“I’m always ready in those situations,” Caufield said. “You’ve got to capitalize on their mistakes, and we did that there.”

Montembeault, meanwhile, was stellar while getting the call for a second straight day after stopping 36 shots during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to the New York Islanders. He was particularly stout late in the third, coming up with a host of key saves as New York made its final push. Artemi Panarin had a goal and Igor Shesterkin made 29 saves for the Rangers, who suffered their first regulation loss of the new year to end a 5-0-2 stretch.

Jets 2 vs Coyotes 1

Pierre-Luc Dubois and Blake Wheeler scored in the second period as Winnipeg defeated visiting Arizona.

“Goals are great but there’s a lot of ways you can contribute,” Dubois said. “For myself personally, goals are always fun to score, I’m not going to complain, but I want to be even more than that.”

It was Arizona’s ninth straight loss, while the Jets won for the eighth time in their last nine games. Connor Hellebuyck made 20 saves for the victory. Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes. Karel Vejmelka, in net for Arizona, made 22 stops.

The Jets scored the eventual game-winner with 3:15 left in the middle frame when Wheeler found the back of the net after connecting with linemates Mark Scheifele and Cole Perfetti off the rush.

–Field Level Media