NHL Recaps: Hurricanes streak by Pens, Elias Pettersson big night, Rangers rally by Isles, and more
NHL Recaps: December 22, 2022
As the league heads towards the Holiday Break this weekend, the schedule was decorated with 8 contests.
Alex Ovechkin didn’t score a goal but is now the all-time leader in shots and helped the Washington Capitals edge the Ottawa Senators in overtime. Meanwhile in Vancouver, Elias Pettersson posted a five-point evening to get the Canucks by the Seattle Kraken in a shootout.
In Boston, the Bruins continue their incredible run by beating the Winnipeg Jets and still have no losses in regulation on home ice this season. The New York Rangers were rescued by Kaapo Kakko in a third period rally to beat the rival New York Islanders, but we start in Pittsburgh where the Carolina Hurricanes extended their point streak to 13 games with an overtime win.
NHL Recaps: Hurricanes streak by Penguins
Hurricanes 4 vs Penguins 3 (OT)
Jaccob Slavin finished off a tic-tac-toe play for a goal 23 seconds into overtime Thursday to give the visiting Carolina Hurricanes their seventh straight win, 4-3 over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The result allowed Carolina to tie the longest point streak in franchise history, 13 games. The Hurricanes, who are on an 11-0-2 run, also registered a point in 13 consecutive games in the 2016-17 and 2020-21 seasons.
Martin Necas, Jalen Chatfield and Jordan Staal also scored, Dylan Coghlan had two assists and Antti Raanta made 24 saves for the Hurricanes.
Sidney Crosby, Brock McGinn and Bryan Rust scored for the Penguins, who had won eight of nine. Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 32 saves.
“What a great group we’ve got,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “They just work so hard. They don’t get flustered. … They just kept going. They don’t get down.”NHL.com
Capitals 3 vs Senators 2 (OT)
Marcus Johansson scored at 2:04 of overtime to lift visiting Washington past Ottawa.
Alex Ovechkin, who had two assists, registered six shots to give him 6,211 in his career, passing Ray Bourque (6,209) for the most in NHL history. Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist and Sonny Milano scored for the Capitals, who have won eight of nine games. Darcy Kuemper, playing his first game since sustaining an upper-body injury on Dec. 3, made 23 saves.
Alex DeBrincat and Drake Batherson scored for the Senators, who have lost three straight (0-2-1). Cam Talbot made 37 saves.
Maple Leafs 4 vs Flyers 3
William Nylander had a goal and two assists and Toronto held on to defeat visiting Philadelphia.
Mitchell Marner added a goal and an assist, and Calle Jarnkrok and Michael Bunting also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won their second game in a row. Ilya Samsonov stopped 16 shots.
Tony DeAngelo, Morgan Frost and Joel Farabee scored for the Flyers. Travis Konecny posted two assists, DeAngelo added an assist and Carter Hart made 30 saves.
Bruins 3 vs Jets 2
Nick Foligno scored with 8:52 left in the third period to cap a two-point night as Boston rallied from two goals down to beat visiting Winnipeg.
Foligno and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist and Jake DeBrusk also lit the lamp for Boston, which is 5-0-1 in its past six games and 18-0-2 on home ice this season. Jeremy Swayman made 25 saves for the win.
“When you have this record, when you have a season like we’re having, you become the hunted a little bit,” Boston forward Nick Foligno said. “Every team gets up to play you, but our mindset needs to still shift to attacking, and being on the offense and being on our toes. When we do that, we’re a real dangerous team.”NHL.com
Mark Scheifele and Jansen Harkins netted the Jets’ goals. Connor Hellebuyck returned from a two-game absence caused by a non-COVID illness, and he stopped 36 shots.
NHL Recaps: Late rally rescues Rangers
Rangers 5 vs Islanders 3
Kaapo Kakko scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:47 remaining in the third period as the New York Rangers ended a five-game home losing streak to the rival New York Islanders.
“After the second goal they scored, obviously that was my fault, and I think that happens for everyone,” Kakko said. “That’s the way you need to think after that. It was nice to score a goal like that in the end, especially after a play like that.”NHL.com
The Rangers won for the eighth time in nine games overall and erased a trio of one-goal deficits. Artemi Panarin, Julien Gauthier, Barclay Goodrow and Vincent Trocheck also scored for the Rangers, who got 15 saves from Igor Shesterkin.
Anders Lee, Barzal and Alexander Romanov scored for the Islanders, who lost for the first time in 12 games when carrying a lead into the third. The Islanders also fell to 3-6-2 in their past 11 contests. Ilya Sorokin stopped 29 shots.
Kings 4 vs Flames 3 (OT)
Adrian Kempe scored at 3:22 of overtime to lift Los Angeles past visiting Calgary. Kempe finished off a two-on-one rush with Viktor Arvidsson to give the Kings their fourth straight win, matching their best streak of the season.
Blake Lizotte and Gabriel Vilardi each had a goal and an assist, Phillip Danault also scored and Pheonix Copley made 27 saves in his fifth straight start for the Kings.
Jonathan Huberdeau, Tyler Toffoli and Dillon Dube scored while Dan Vladar made 28 saves for the Flames, who are 2-2-4 in their past eight games.
Sharks 5 vs Wild 2
Erik Karlsson had a goal and three assists and James Reimer made 24 saves to lead San Jose to a victory over visiting Minnesota. It was the third four-point game of the season for Karlsson, who leads all NHL defensemen with 46 points.
Timo Meier had a goal and an assist and Noah Gregor, Oskar Lindblom and Kevin Labanc also scored goals for San Jose, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Joel Eriksson Ek and Mats Zuccarello scored goals for the Wild, who had their season-best, six-game winning streak end. Filip Gustavsson stopped 20 of 24 shots.
Canucks 6 vs Kraken 5 (SO)
Elias Pettersson had a five-point night and scored the winner in a shootout as Vancouver defeated visiting Seattle.
Pettersson — who had missed the previous two games, both losses, with an illness — had two goals and three assists. Andrei Kuzmenko added a goal and two assists for the Canucks, who never led in regulation. Lane Pederson had a goal and an assist and Brock Boeser also tallied. Spencer Martin made 31 saves.
“It’s a great feeling, but on the other side we score five goals but also let in five goals,” Pettersson said via NHL.com. “We got to get better in that aspect.”
Daniel Sprong scored twice and Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist for the second-year Kraken, who are 0-5-1 all-time against their Pacific Division rivals.
–Field Level Media