NHL Recaps: Jets spoil Paul Maurice return, Blues end skid, and more
NHL Recaps: December 6, 2022
The NHL decorated its schedule with nine matches for Tuesday night.
We begin the recaps in Winnipeg, where former head coach Paul Maurice returned with his new team the Florida Panthers. It was his first appearance in Winnipeg since he shockingly resigned his coaching duties in December of 2021.
“It’s a special place, isn’t it, for Jamie and I?” Maurice said. “We really appreciate it. It was good on the bench, and it was good in the stands. That was very classy, as they always are here. … It’s a great building. They’ve got a great fan base here and they appreciate the game.”NHL.com
NHL Recaps: Jets spoil Paul Maurice return
Jets 5 vs Panthers 2
Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist to help Winnipeg roll over visiting Florida.
Mark Scheifele scored twice, and Pierre-Luc Dubois had three assists for the Jets, who have won eight of their past 11 games. Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves.
Carter Verhaeghe and Zac Dalpe scored for the Panthers, who are 3-4-3 in their past 10 games. Spencer Knight allowed three goals on 15 shots before being pulled for Sergei Bobrovsky early in the second period. Bobrovsky made 14 saves in relief.
Maple Leafs 4 vs Stars 0
Matt Murray stopped 44 shots to earn his first shutout of the season and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Dallas Stars 4-0 Tuesday night.
Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist for Toronto. John Tavares, Rasmus Sandin and Alexander Kerfoot also scored for the Maple Leafs, who finished a two-game road trip at 1-0-1. Mitchell Marner had an assist to extend his team-record point streak to 20 games.
Jason Robertson of Dallas had his 18-game point streak end. Jake Oettinger stopped 25 shots for the Stars, who are 1-1-1 after three games of a five-game homestand.
Murray was strong as Toronto killed off a five-on-three Dallas power play for the final 1:33 of the second period. He also kept the Stars off the scoreboard about midway through the third, making two good saves in a row on Mason Marchment and Radek Faksa nine minutes into the period.
Kings 5 vs Senators 2
Anze Kopitar had three assists and Los Angeles continued its recent power-play dominance in a road victory over Ottawa.
Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals, Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist and Sean Durzi had two assists for the Kings. Arvidsson and Fiala scored as part of a 2-for-3 night for Los Angeles on the power play, extending the Kings’ streak to seven consecutive games with at least one power-play tally. The Kings are an outstanding 11-for-20 with the extra attacker during that seven-game streak.
Thomas Chabot had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, and Tim Stutzle had two assists. Drake Batherson scored the Senators’ other goal, as all of Ottawa’s offense came via the power play.
Devils 3 vs Blackhawks 0
Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists and Vitek Vanecek needed to make just 24 saves to record his second shutout of the season, as New Jersey extended its latest point streak to six games by beating struggling Chicago in Newark, N.J.
Nico Hischier recorded his 11th goal and Jesper Bratt added his 10th, while Jack Hughes posted two assists to extend his season-high point streak to six games for the Devils, who have an NHL-high 43 points and are 5-0-1 since a Nov. 23 loss ended their 13-game winning streak.
The veteran defenseman Hamilton had two points in his previous nine games, but he broke out for a season-high three Tuesday. Arvid Soderblom stopped 26 shots for Chicago, which prior to Tuesday was last shut out in back-to-back contests Jan. 31 and Feb. 3, 2015.
NHL Recaps: Blues end skid
Blues 7 vs Islanders 4
Noel Acciari scored twice for visiting St. Louis, which frittered away most of a four-goal third-period lead before holding off New York.
Josh Leivo, Ivan Barbashev, Ryan O’Reilly, Colton Parayko and Robert Thomas all scored a goal apiece for the Blues, who snapped a four-game losing streak and won for just the second time in eight games (2-6-0). Thomas Greiss made 36 saves against the Islanders, for whom he played for from 2015 through 2020.
Noah Dobson scored in the first for the Islanders, who have lost three of four. Zach Parise, Hudson Fasching and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored during the third-period flurry. Ilya Sorokin recorded 21 saves.
“When you’re a player and things aren’t going well, you tend to lose your confidence,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “It’s frustrating. You want to win and you want to do well. …You just have to keep battling.NHL.com
Red Wings 4 vs Lightning 2
Goaltender Ville Husso stopped 28 shots in a frantic third period as Detroit earned a rare road victory against Tampa Bay.
Husso held the Lightning scoreless until the final six minutes when Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point scored with goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy pulled for an extra attacker. Husso stopped 44 of 46 shots overall as Detroit won for just the third time in its past 21 matches at Tampa Bay — a 3-18-0 mark.
Detroit’s Michael Rasmussen and Jonatan Berggren scored at even strength and Adam Erne and David Perron scored into empty nets. Vasilevskiy stopped 22 of 24 shots and fell to 13-2-0 in his career against the Red Wings. Stamkos extended his point streak to 11 games, but the Lightning lost for just the second time in their past seven home games.
Penguins 4 vs Blue Jackets 1
Sidney Crosby scored twice during a three-goal second period against visiting Columbus, and Pittsburgh picked up its third straight win.
Bryan Rust and Teddy Blueger also scored, and Jake Guentzel added two assists for the Penguins, who are 10-2-2 in their past 14 games. Tristan Jarry made 38 stops.
Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Blue Jackets, who are 1-3-1 in their past five games. Elvis Merzlikins made 30 saves.
Ducks 4 vs Hurricanes 3 (OT)
Ryan Strome scored 1:56 into overtime and Anaheim ended a six-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Carolina.
Strome took off on a two-on-one with Frank Vatrano after receiving the puck from Cam Fowler but elected not to pass and scored over the pad and below the blocker of Hurricanes goalie Pyotr Kochetkov for his seventh of the season. Adam Henrique, Max Comtois and Brett Leason also scored goals for the Ducks, who avoided matching a season-worst, seven-game losing streak.
Brady Skjei, Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal scored goals for the Hurricanes, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. Kochetkov made 26 saves for Carolina, which had earned points in nine of its previous 10 games.
Canadiens 4 vs Kraken 2
Cole Caufield and Josh Anderson scored seven seconds apart early in the second period to break a tie and lead Montreal to a victory over host Seattle.
Johnathan Kovacevic and Rem Pitlick also scored for the Canadiens, who rebounded after blowing a four-goal lead a night earlier in a 7-6 overtime loss in Vancouver. Goaltender Jake Allen made 31 saves.
First-round draft pick Shane Wright scored his first NHL goal and Jared McCann also tallied for the Kraken, who suffered their second straight loss after a franchise-record seven-game winning streak. Martin Jones stopped 12 of 16 shots. McCann scored with less than a second remaining in the period to make it 4-2, but the Canadiens were able to hold on to their lead in a scoreless third.
“It feels good to finally score one, feels good to finally hit the back of the net,” Wright said via NHL.com. “Anytime you can score to help your team out during the game always feels good. Maybe a little bit of relief. I think more so it’s more excitement and you know, happiness, joy and all that.”
–Field Level Media