NHL Recaps: Marc-Andre Fleury sets record, Caps, Pens, and Sharks win
NHL Recaps: November 11, 2022
The schedule for Friday night was light in the NHL with only four games.
In Toronto, the Pittsburgh Penguins made it two wins in a row by beating the Maple Leafs. Washington got a boost from defenseman John Carlson coming back as the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning. Plus Timo Meier helped the San Jose Sharks to a much needed victory over the Dallas Stars.
We start our recaps in Seattle where Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his first shutout with the Minnesota Wild and set a very cool record along the way.
NHL Recaps: Marc-Andre Fleury sets shutout record
Wild 1 vs Kraken 0
Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Minnesota Wild defeated host Seattle 1-0 Friday night, snapping the Kraken’s franchise-record five-game winning streak.
Mats Zuccarello scored the game’s lone goal, helping the Wild avenge a 4-0 loss to the Kraken on Nov. 3 in Saint Paul, Minn. Minnesota wrapped up a three-game swing along the West Coast to Los Angeles, Anaheim and Seattle with a 2-1-0 record.
It was Fleury’s 72nd career shutout, breaking a tie with Harry Lumley and Lorne Chabot and moving him into sole possession of 12th place in NHL history. Fleury is third with 526 career wins.
Per NHL.com by shutting out the Kraken, that was the the 28th franchise Fleury has blanked in his career. He passes Ed Belfour, Dominik Hasek, Martin Brodeur, and Tomas Vokoun who were all tied at 27 different teams.
“I didn’t know [about the record],” Fleury said. “I think it just means that I’m old, maybe. I’ve played for a while, I don’t know, it’s nice.”NHL.com
The 37-year-old Fleury, in his 19th NHL season, got plenty of help from his defense, as the Wild had a 22-5 edge in blocked shots. Seattle’s Yanni Gourde and Oliver Bjorkstrand both had chances from in close in the final seconds, but Fleury turned them aside. In the loss, Seattle’s Martin Jones stopped 20 of 21 shots.
Penguins 4 vs Maple Leafs 2
Brock McGinn scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and visiting Pittsburgh went on to defeat Toronto.
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh. Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins, who have won two straight after losing seven in a row. Casey DeSmith stopped 28 shots for Pittsburgh in his second consecutive start.
Zach-Aston Reese and William Nylander scored for Toronto in the annual Hall of Fame game. Erik Kallgren made 19 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two in a row.
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Capitals 5 vs Lightning 1
Sonny Milano scored his first two goals for Washington, John Carlson returned from a six-game absence and notched his 600th career point in a victory over visiting Tampa Bay.
Carlson, a defenseman, set up left winger Milano on a breakaway for the milestone point. Milano scored again in the third. Nickl Jensen had an assist for his 100th career point. Anthony Mantha, Aliaksei Protas and Conor Sheary tallied, while goaltender Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 shots.
“It worked out well,” Carlson said. “The puck jumped over my stick and I turned that way and gave it a little extra juice just in case to get it out of the zone, first off because I was tired, but it worked out perfect. He made an awesome move and there we go.”
Tampa Bay’s Nick Perbix scored his second career goal and has points in three straight matches, but Nikita Kucherov’s 11-game point streak ended. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves.
Sharks 5 vs Stars 4
Timo Meier and Logan Couture scored 1:05 into the second period to break a tie game, then visiting San Jose held on to snap a five-game winless rut with a victory vs. Dallas.
Alexander Barabanov and Tomas Hertl had a goal with an assist each, and James Reimer made 25 saves for the Sharks, who were mired in an 0-3-2 slide. San Jose also snapped a seven-game losing streak at Dallas.
The Stars were handed a second straight loss despite two goals from Jamie Benn. Jason Robertson’s six-game goal streak ended, but he had two assists. Jake Oettinger allowed a season-high five goals and made 13 saves after missing the last four games with a lower-body injury.
–Field Level Media