NHL Recaps: Leafs beat Bruins, Stars slip up Oilers, Alex Ovechkin sets record, and more

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Nov 5, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) celebrates after scoring against the Boston Bruins in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Recaps:  November 5, 2022

Saturday hockey action was packed to the almost maximum capacity with 30 out of the league’s 32 team in action.

Alex Ovechkin set the NHL record for most goal by a player with one team by notching his 787th as a member of the Washington Capitals. The New Jersey Devils continue to stun the experts as they take down the Calgary Flames in OT.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins skid is looking worse by the game as they fell to the Seattle Kraken for their 7th straight loss. In Finland, the Colorado Avalanche easily swept the Columbus Blue Jackets to close out their two-game set in the Global Series.

We start in Toronto where the Maple Leafs played it tight and handed the Boston Bruins just their second loss of the season.

NHL Recaps: Maple Leafs give Bruins second loss

Maple Leafs 2 vs Bruins 1

Auston Matthews scored two goals and Toronto defeated visiting Boston.

“They were probably the hottest team coming in tonight in the NHL,” Matthews said via NHL.com. “We just wanted to make sure we were ready and prepared for that challenge, and I thought we did a really good job.”

Mitchell Marner added two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won two straight after losing four in a row. Ilya Samsonov made 13 saves for the Maple Leafs in the first two periods. Samsonov did not come out for the third period because of a knee injury and was replaced by Erik Kallgren, who made seven saves.

Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins, who lost for just the second time in their first 12 games. Toronto survived two consecutive Boston power plays at 8:44 and 11:30 of the third. Linus Ullmark stopped 26 shots for the Bruins.

Kings 5 vs Panthers 4

Gabriel Vilardi scored on a sharp-angle rebound with 3:18 left as host Los Angeles beat Florida.

Alexander Edler had the primary assist on the go-ahead goal. Florida’s Sam Reinhart missed off the left post with 6.1 seconds left. The Kings also got goals from Rasmus Kupari, Trevor Moore, Viktor Arvidsson and Blake Lizotte. Moore and Arvidsson each added an assist, and Anze Kopitar had two.

Florida got two goals from Carter Verhaeghe and one each from Ryan Lomberg and Eetu Luostarinen.

Red Wings 3 vs Islanders 0

Ville Husso made 24 saves to record his second shutout of the season and help lead Detroit to a home win over New York.

Dominik Kubalik had a goal and an assist for Detroit, which has won two straight and three of its last four.The Islanders saw a five-game winning streak snapped.

After a scoreless first period, Detroit opened the scoring on a two-man advantage with 13:31 remaining in the second period when Lucas Raymond pounced on a loose puck at the side of the Islanders goal and banged it into an open net to make it 1-0 Red Wings.

Devils 4 vs Flames 3 (OT)

Fabian Zetterlund scored a power-play goal 2:38 into overtime as New Jersey blew a two-goal lead before extending its winning streak to six games with a dramatic victory over host Calgary.

Zetterlund’s second goal of the game also snapped New Jersey’s eight-game losing streak to Calgary. It also prompted Calgary goaltender Jacob Markstrom to slam his stick on the net. Nathan Bastian and Miles Wood scored in New Jersey’s three-goal opening period as the Devils took a 3-1 lead.

“We’re playing fast and it’s been a fun year for us,” Bastian said. “We’re trying to do everything as a team because it’s such a hard league to win in. We’ve had a lot of individuals step up as well.”

Nazem Kadri scored in the game’s opening moments, Elias Lindholm tallied in the second and Nikita Zadorov netted the tying goal 3:12 into the third as the Flames lost their fourth straight.

Winnipeg 4 vs Chicago 0

Josh Morrissey and Pierre-Luc Dubois had two of three power-play goals, and each added an assist, while Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves to record his 30th career shutout, as surging Winnipeg won over visiting Chicago.

Nate Schmidt also scored, and Adam Lowry added a short-handed goal for the Jets, who went 3-for-4 on the power play to extend their point streak to six games (5-0-1).

The Blackhawks’ Arvid Soderblom stopped 21 of 24 shots through the first two periods before leaving with an apparent injury. In his NHL debut, backup Dylan Wells made 12 saves and allowed a wide-open Schmidt to score from the circle 4:59 into the third for Chicago, which is 1-3-2 since a four-game winning streak.

Avalanche 5 vs Blue Jackets 1

Devon Toews and Martin Kaut had a goal and an assist each and Colorado beat Columbus to sweep the two-game Global Series in Tampere, Finland.

Artturi Lehkonen, Logan O’Connor and Alex Newhook also scored for the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar had three assists each and Alexandar Georgiev turned away 31 shots for the Avalanche. MacKinnon finished with seven points — all assists — in the two games.

Boone Jenner scored for Columbus and Joonas Korpisalo had 40 saves in his first NHL game since March 22. Korpisalo missed the beginning of the season recovering from hip surgery and was activated before Saturday’s game to play in his native Finland.

Stars 6 vs Oilers 2

Jamie Benn scored his seventh career hat trick to help Dallas to a win over host Edmonton.

“Our urgency was there tonight,” said Benn, the Dallas captain. “We knew these guys can score at will, and I thought we had a strong team effort tonight.”

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Jason Robertson had a goal and two assists, Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist and Miro Heiskanen had two assists for the Stars, who have won three in a row and four of their past five. Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves.

Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse scored, and Jack Campbell made 30 saves for the Oilers, who have dropped two straight after a five-game winning streak.

Pavelski gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 6:15 of the first period. Campbell made the save on Robertson’s spin shot from the right circle but the rebound bounced to Roope Hintz in the left circle, who found Pavelski on the back door.

NHL Recaps: Alex Ovechkin sets record with goal 787

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Nov 5, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes in the second period at Capital One Arena. Ovechkin broke the record for most goals by a player with the same team in NHL history with the goal. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Nick Ritchie capped a two-goal performance by scoring with 35.4 seconds remaining in the third period on Saturday, as the Arizona Coyotes overcame Alex Ovechkin’s NHL-record 787th goal with one franchise to post a 3-2 victory over the host Washington Capitals.

Ovechkin’s power-play goal at 8:55 of the second period came in his 1,287th game with Washington, snapping a tie with Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe. “Mr. Hockey” scored 786 of his 801 career goals while playing in 1,687 games with the Detroit Red Wings from 1946-71.

“Obviously, it’s a huge moment. The last couple games it was big milestones and, unfortunately, we didn’t get the win,” Ovechkin said. “But it’s a special moment, and it’s nice to have both my kids, my wife, all the fans (here). My parents watched in Moscow.”

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Anthony Mantha set up that goal and scored one of his own before the Coyotes stormed back. Josh Brown cleaned up a loose puck in front at 6:33 of the third period. Ritchie’s first goal of the game sailed just under the crossbar and over the goal line to forge a tie at 9:45.

Arizona netted the winner after Barrett Hayton’s shot from the slot was denied by former Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper. The puck trickled behind the goaltender and Ritchie alertly tapped it home at the left doorstep for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.

Lightning 5 vs Sabres 3

Nick Perbix’s first NHL goal broke a third-period tie as Tampa Bay won for the fourth time in five games, beating visiting Buffalo.

Perbix, a rookie defenseman, took a drop pass from Nikita Kucherov and ripped the go-ahead marker with 4:55 left — coming just eight seconds after Lightning goalie Brian Elliott stopped Jeff Skinner on a breakaway. Kucherov sealed the victory with an empty-netter, his sixth goal, with 58 seconds left.

Brandon Hagel scored and had two assists for Tampa Bay. Brayden Point found the back of the net on the power play and had a helper, and Nicholas Paul scored. Elliott made 21 saves.

Flyers 2 vs Senators 1

Carter Hart made 33 saves to help visiting Philadelphia end a three-game losing streak with a win against Ottawa.

Kevin Hayes and Zack MacEwen scored for the Flyers, who had lost four of five following a 4-1-0 start. Claude Giroux scored the 300th goal of his NHL career against his former team, and Cam Talbot made 26 saves in his first start of the season for Ottawa, which went 0 for 5 on the power play en route to losing its fifth in a row.

Giroux, who spent his first 15 NHL seasons with the Flyers and was their captain for 10 years, gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 2:44 of the first period.

Golden Knights 6 vs Canadiens 4

Reilly Smith scored his second goal of the game to snap a tie in the third period as visiting Vegas extended its winning streak to seven with a victory over Montreal.

Vegas matched its third-longest streak in team history by getting three goals in a span of 3:50 in the third.

Smith scored the tiebreaking tally on the power play. He headed to the net and was in position to get a rebound of Phil Kessel’s shot from the right faceoff circle. When Montreal goalie Jake Allen could not control the puck and move over in time, Smith easily pushed the rebound into the vacated left side of the net.

Kraken 3 vs Penguins 2

Brandon Tanev scored with 3:39 left in regulation to give Seattle its fourth straight victory while sending host Pittsburgh to its seventh straight loss.

Yanni Gourde’s pass from deep got to Tanev in front, and the former Penguins winger swept the puck over goaltender Tristan Jarry’s right shoulder. Gourde finished with a goal and two assists, Tanev added an assist, and Vince Dunn also scored for the Kraken.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and his 900th career assist, Jake Guentzel also had a goal and an assist, and Kris Letang had two assists for the Penguins, whose skid is the worst since 2005-06.

“At the end of the day, you lose and that stings because these guys are competitive guys,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “They care. When we don’t live up to the expectations that we have for each other and we don’t get the results more consistently than we have as of late, these guys take it to heart. We all do.”

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Ducks 5 vs Sharks 4 (SO)

Anthony Stolarz made 48 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped two of four attempts in the shootout to help Anaheim defeat host San Jose.

Brett Leason and Mason McTavish each had a goal and an assist, and Max Comtois and Adam Henrique also scored for the Ducks, who also beat the Sharks in a shootout on Tuesday. McTavish, Henrique and Trevor Zegras scored in the shootout.

Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl each had a goal and two assists, Luke Kunin also scored, and James Reimer made 21 saves for the Sharks, who have lost four in a row, the past three in a shootout. Kevin Labanc added a goal and an assist. Labanc and Nick Bonino scored in the shootout for San Jose.

Predators 4 vs Canucks 3 (SO)

Matt Duchene notched the game-deciding tally in the shootout as Nashville rallied from an early three-goal deficit to beat host Vancouver.

After his team scored twice in the third to tie the match, Duchene potted the one-on-one session’s only goal, firing a hard shot between the pads of Thatcher Demko.

Nashville defenseman Jordan Gross scored twice for the first two goals of his career, and Nino Niederreiter tallied and had an assist. Mattias Ekholm produced two helpers.

–Field Level Media