NHL Recaps: Caps stop Kings streak; Hawks down Kraken; and Avs power over Canucks
The Washington Capitals put an end to the Los Angeles Kings point streak with two late tallies and a sparking performance in goal.
There were only three games on tap. Let’s recap all the action.
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Capitals 2, Kings 0
Garnet Hathaway scored two goals late in the third period and the visiting Washington Capitals defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Hathaway gave Washington a 1-0 lead at 16:30, then added an empty-net goal at 18:42. All five of Hathaway’s goals have come in his past four games.
“You know, on that first one, I just happened to be the guy that had the last touch on the puck,” Hathaway said.
Ilya Samsonov made 34 saves to earn his second shutout of the season for the Capitals, who are 5-0-1 in their past six games. John Carlson had two assists for Washington, which was playing the second of back-to-back games after an overtime loss at Anaheim on Tuesday.
Jonathan Quick made 36 saves for the Kings, who saw their eight-game point streak (7-0-1) end as they opened a seven-game homestand.
Avalanche 4, Canucks 2
Rantanen and Nazem Kadri had a goal and two assists each, and visiting Colorado used three power-play goals to beat Vancouver.
“Attention to detail lately, just trying to execute better, more tape-to-tape passes,” Kadri said. “Guys have been communicating a lot and just trying to dot our i’s and cross our t’s to execute at a high level. We’ve got the skill set out there, it’s just about executing the game plan, and tonight was one of our better nights on the power play.”
Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar contributed a goal and an assist apiece while Darcy Kuemper stopped 32 shots for Colorado, which has won three straight.
Tucker Poolman had a goal and an assist, Conor Garland also scored and Thatcher Demko made 26 saves for Vancouver. The Canucks have lost five in a row (0-4-1).
Blackhawks 4, Kraken 2
Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves and Alex DeBrincat had a “Gordie Howe hat trick” — a goal, an assist and a fight — as Chicago won at Seattle.
Patrick Kane added a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who improved to 4-0-0 under interim coach Derek King. Seth Jones and Jake McCabe also scored for Chicago.
Jared McCann and Yanni Gourde recorded third-period goals and Philipp Grubauer stopped 15 of 18 shots as the expansion Kraken took their fifth consecutive defeat.
“Wish I had an answer for it,” McCann said. “It’s frustrating. We need to clean it up. I’m frustrated. I want to win. I think everybody does on our team. You know, things aren’t going our way right now. But we’re shooting ourselves in the foot. That’s the way it is.”
–Field Level Media