NHL Recaps: Vladimir Tarasenko scores in Broadway debut, Evgeni Malkin nets point 1200, and more
NHL Recaps: February 10, 2023
It was a light Friday night across the National Hockey League landscape but the stars were shining bright on Broadway.
A day after being traded from the St. Louis Blues, forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored on his first shot as a member of the New York Rangers. The 31 year-old forward heard his name being chanted by the fans and finished the evening as the game’s first star. The Blueshirts also registered their fourth straight win by beating the Seattle Kraken 6-3.
In other action, the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Arizona Coyotes in OT. Meanwhile, Evgeni Malkin hit another milestone as the Pittsburgh Penguins demolished the Anaheim Ducks.
NHL Recaps: Vladimir Tarasenko scores in debut
Rangers 6 vs Kraken 3
New York’s Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first goal 2:49 into his debut for his new team as the host Rangers recorded a 6-3 victory over the slumping Seattle Kraken on Friday.
Tarasenko was placed on the top line with Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad after being obtained from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday afternoon. He meshed seamlessly with New York’s stars and scored on his second shift.
“I know [Panarin and Zibanejad] can make a play, so I just tried to be ready,” Tarasenko said. “I think sometimes we try too much. We enjoy playing with each other. It was a lot of emotions. Sometimes you try to overplay.”NHL.com
Kaapo Kakko and Vincent Trocheck also scored in the three-goal opening period as the Rangers improved to 5-0-1 since revamping their lines. Ryan Lindgren, Jacob Trouba and Zibanejad added goals for New York, and Igor Shesterkin made 26 saves.
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the second period while Jared McCann and Tanev tallied 22 seconds apart in the third as the Kraken dropped to 3-6-1 since winning eight straight Jan. 1-14. Martin Jones allowed five goals on 27 shots.
Maple Leafs 3 vs Blue Jackets 0
John Tavares scored two goals and Ilya Samsonov made 30 saves to fuel Toronto to a victory at Columbus in the opener of a home-and-home series.
Pierre Engvall also scored and Mitchell Marner notched two assists for the Maple Leafs, who returned from the All-Star break by recording their fourth win in six outings. Samsonov turned aside all nine shots he faced in the third period to preserve his third shutout of the season and the ninth of his career.
Joonas Korpisalo finished with 38 saves for the Blue Jackets, who will look to snap a four-game winless skid (0-3-1) when the teams reconvene in Toronto on Saturday.
NHL Recaps: Evgeni Malkin hits milestone
Penguins 6 vs Ducks 3
Rookie Pierre-Olivier Joseph scored twice in a three-point game and Evgeni Malkin collected his 1,200th career point as visiting Pittsburgh beat Anaheim.
“Twelve hundred is a good number,” Malkin said via NHL.com. “Three more years, maybe when I’m retired, and I have 1,500 points, it’s a good number too.”
Kasperi Kapanen and Bryan Rust both netted one goal and one assist, while Jeff Carter and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins. Casey DeSmith made 28 saves. Pittsburgh’s 59 shots set a franchise record for a road game.
Mason McTavish scored in a two-point game and Trevor Zegras and John Klingberg added a goal apiece for the Ducks. John Gibson stopped 53 shots, a franchise record for a regular-season game.
Blackhawks 4 vs Coyotes 3 (OT)
Caleb Jones scored on a rebound with 1:23 remaining in overtime as Chicago rallied from an early two-goal deficit to defeat visiting Arizona.
Andreas Athanasiou finished with a goal and two assists, Colin Blackwell and Seth Jones also scored goals and Sam Lafferty added two assists for the Blackhawks. Jaxson Stauber finished with 23 saves to improve to 3-0-0 and become the first goalie in franchise history to win his first three NHL starts.
The Coyotes’ Clayton Keller had a goal and two assists, giving him 301 points in his career. Nick Schmaltz added a goal and an assist, and Nick Bjugstad also scored for Arizona, which fell to 6-20-5 on the road. Connor Ingram stopped 40 of 44 shots.
–Field Level Media
–The Daily Goal Horn contributed to this article