NHL Recaps: Sharks end Bolts home streak, Bo Horvat scores for Isles, Pens rally, and more
NHL Recaps: February 7, 2023
Six games adorned the League’s schedule for Tuesday night as teams fight for points down the stretch.
Bo Horvat scored on a beautiful pass by Mat Barzal just as GM Lou Lamoriello envisioned. The New York Islanders blanked the Seattle Kraken for their fourth straight win. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche to hold off the Isles for that last wild card spot in the East.
We start the recaps with the San Jose Sharks taking a bite out of the Tampa Bay Lightning to end their record home winning streak.
NHL Recaps: Sharks bite Bolts
Sharks 4 vs Lightning 3 (OT)
Timo Meier scored on a feed from Erik Karlsson in overtime as the San Jose Sharks rallied past Tampa Bay 4-3 on Tuesday night, snapping the Lightning’s franchise-record, 12-game home winning streak.
“We made a change with the puck, and I tried to pick a little for Erik,” Meier explained. “He did what he does best, find guys backdoor, and I just had to tap it in.”
The Sharks controlled play for most of the three-on-three session, and Karlsson helped the visitors post their second straight win with a slick diagonal pass that Meier easily netted at 2:19.
Meier finished with two goals and an assist while Karlsson notched a goal and two helpers. Jonah Gadjovich also tallied for the San Jose, which won for just the second time in its past 10 matchups (2-7-1) against the Lightning.
Brayden Point scored twice in Tampa Bay’s three-goal first period, and Ross Colton also tallied. Nikita Kucherov had two assists, and Brian Elliott made 18 saves. The Lightning lost for the first time in six overtime decisions.
Penguins 2 vs Avalanche 1 (OT)
Kris Letang scored at 3:36 of overtime to give Pittsburgh a win over visiting Colorado in the first game following the All-Star break for both teams.
The Penguins killed off a penalty in overtime, then scored during a delayed penalty call. Letang, from the left dot, took a feed from Sidney Crosby, who was behind the net, and wristed it off the pads of Colorado goaltender Pavel Francouz.
“We have a lot of talented players. It’s tough, sometimes, to tell them what to do,” Letang said via NHL.com. “They see things that a lot of people don’t see. But sometimes when you’re not able to generate offense, you want to simplify, you want to put the puck at the net, be predictable for your teammate.”
Bryan Rust also scored, and Evgeni Malkin had two assists for the Penguins, who had lost two straight (0-1-1) and six of nine (3-3-3). Pittsburgh goaltender Casey DeSmith, making his fourth straight start as he fills in for injured No. 1 goalie Tristan Jarry, made 41 saves. Nathan MacKinnon scored Colorado’s lone goal.
Oilers 5 vs Red Wings 2
Warren Foegele scored two second-period goals, and visiting Edmonton defeated Detroit.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Evander Kane each had a goal and an assist. Ryan McLeod also scored for the Oilers, who are 8-0-1 in their last nine games. Jack Campbell made 30 saves. Tyler Bertuzzi and Joe Veleno scored for the Red Wings, while Ville Husso stopped 22 shots.
With Michael Rasmussen in the penalty box for interference, the Oilers got some breathing room with 4:22 left in the third. Nugent-Hopkins scored his 23rd goal of the season off Tyson Barrie’s pass from the point to make it 4-2. Kane scored an empty-netter with 2:37 left to seal the victory.
NHL Recaps: Bo Horvat scores for Isles
Islanders 4 vs Kraken 0
Samuel Bolduc and Bo Horvat scored milestone goals and Ilya Sorokin stopped all 32 shots he faced as New York continued surging with a win over Seattle in Elmont, N.Y.
“Definitely felt nice,” Horvat said. “Definitely felt even better to get the win.”
Bolduc, appearing in his fifth career game, gave the Islanders the lead with his first NHL goal early in the first period. Horvat, whom New York acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 30 and signed to an eight-year contract on Sunday, scored his first goal for his new team to close out the scoring in the second period.
Simon Holmstrom and Zach Parise also scored for the Islanders, who won their fourth straight and scored more than four goals for the first time since a 6-2 win over the Canucks on Jan. 3 — when Horvat scored both goals for Vancouver.
Golden Knights 5 vs Predators 1
William Carrier, Chandler Stephenson and Phil Kessel each had a goal and an assist, and visiting Vegas held Nashville to a season-low 17 shots on goal en route to a victory.
Michael Amadio also scored, and Alex Pietrangelo added an empty-netter as Vegas returned from the All-Star break to snap a 0-2-2 skid. Adin Hill didn’t work too hard in stopping 16 shots to record his career-high 11th win. The Predators’ 17 shots were the fewest yielded by the Golden Knights this season.
Meanwhile, it was the third time this season that Nashville failed to record at least 20 shots. Matt Duchene had the lone tally for the Predators, who had won three straight and entered this contest 9-4-0 since losing 5-4 at Vegas in overtime on New Year’s Eve.
Ducks 3 vs Blackhawks 2 (OT)
Frank Vatrano scored 2:15 into overtime to lift visiting Anaheim over Chicago.
Vatrano scored with a backhand off a feed from Isac Lundestrom to end Anaheim’s eight-game losing streak against the Blackhawks. Brett Leason and Jayson Megna each had a goal and an assist and Anthony Stolarz made 27 saves for the Ducks, who are 4-0-1 in their past five games.
Jason Dickinson had a goal and an assist, Seth Jones also scored and Petr Mrazek made 23 saves for the Blackhawks, who have dropped four of five.
–Field Level Media
–The Daily Goal Horn contributed to this article