NHL Recaps: Habs slip up Oilers, Sharks stun Caps, and more

NHL Recaps:  February 12, 2023

As the majority of the sports world was focused on the Super Bowl, the NHL put forth four games for hockey fans to enjoy.

The Seattle Kraken ended a three-game slide by beating the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a tough night in the City of Brotherly Love as their beloved Eagles fell to the Kansas City Chiefs by a 38-35 score.

Meanwhile the Vegas Golden Knights routed the Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks chomped down on the Washington Capitals.

We start our recaps in Montreal, where the Canadiens slipped up the Edmonton Oilers playoff bid with a big win. The loss drops the Oilers to third place in the Pacific.

NHL Recaps: Habs take down Oilers

Canadiens 6 vs Oilers 2

Alex Belzile scored his first career NHL goal and Jordan Harris recorded his first career two-goal game as host Montreal held Connor McDavid off the scoresheet and claimed a victory over Edmonton.

“If we would have lost, the moment would be bittersweet,” Belzile said via NHL.com. “But we faced a really good challenge tonight, and even yesterday with the comeback, that shows character.”


Josh Anderson, Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Christian Dvorak also scored for the Canadiens, while Evgenii Dadonov and Jonathan Drouin both collected two assists.

Goaltender Jake Allen sparkled while making 29 saves, including seven against McDavid, who saw his point streak snapped at 15 games. Leon Draisaitl and Evander Kane found the net for the Oilers.

Golden Knights 7 vs Ducks 2

Shea Theodore, Phil Kessel, Jack Eichel, Michael Amadio and William Carrier each had a goal and an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights scored five times in the third period to cruise to a 7-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Paul Cotter and Brett Howden also scored goals for Vegas, which increased its Pacific Division lead to three points with its third consecutive victory. Reilly Smith and William Karlsson each added two assists.

Adin Hill made 23 saves for the Golden Knights to improve to 5-0-1 all-time against the Ducks.

Isac Lundestrom had a goal and an assist and Frank Vatrano also scored for Anaheim. John Gibson, coming off a franchise-record 53-save performance in a 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday, finished with 32 saves.

NHL Recaps: Sharks beat Capitals

NHL Recaps Erik Karlsson
Feb 12, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) shoots the puck against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Sharks 4 vs Capitals 1

Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists for visiting San Jose in a win over Washington.

“This is a legit Norris Trophy winner. There’s not a better defenseman in the League right now,” Sharks coach David Quinn said. “I know the points get a lot attention as they should, but all these other things you need a defenseman to do for the most part he’s done throughout the season.”


Tomas Hertl and Alexander Barabanov each had a goal and an assist and Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 12 of 13 shots for the Sharks before leaving with an upper-body injury late in the second period. Aaron Dell replaced him and stopped all eight shots.

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, and Charlie Lindgren made 29 saves for the Capitals.

Kraken 4 vs Flyers 3

Jaden Schwartz scored two goals to lift Seattle past host Philadelphia.

Jordan Eberle had one goal and one assist and Eeli Tolvanen added a goal for the Kraken, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Alex Wennberg contributed two assists and Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 15 saves.

Owen Tippett had one goal and one assist for the Flyers, who have dropped two straight. James van Riemsdyk and Patrick Brown each added one goal. Tippett and van Riemsdyk each had shots blocked in the final 10 seconds.

–Field Level Media

–The Daily Goal Horn contributed to this article