NHL Recaps: Tyler Toffoli ends Flames skid, Connor McDavid downs Sabres, and more

NHL Recaps:  March 6, 2023

Six games were on tap for the National Hockey League docket for Tuesday night.

The struggling Calgary Flames kick things off with some late heroics by Tyler Toffoli, after the Dallas Stars rallied in the third period to tie the game.

NHL Recaps: Tyler Toffoli plays hero

Flames 5 vs Stars 4

Tyler Toffoli scored the game-winning goal with 6.2 seconds remaining in regulation to give the visiting Calgary Flames a 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday and snap a five-game winless skid.

“I took a peek at the red line, right around there, and saw that I had enough time to do whatever I wanted,” Toffoli said via nhl.com. “Obviously, made the right choice.”

Nick Ritchie, Nikita Zadorov, Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Andersson also scored for the Flames, who recovered after blowing a pair of two-goal leads. Nazem Kadri, Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar each collected two assists, and goalie Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves.

Jamie Benn collected one goal and one assist, while Jason Robertson, Max Domi and Roope Hintz also scored for the Central Division-leading Stars, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped. Goalie Jake Oettinger stopped 33 shots.

With the score tied and overtime looming, Toffoli was sprung on a breakaway by Huberdeau just after Calgary killed a penalty and he ripped a top-corner shot for his 26th goal of the season. Hintz’s short-handed goal at 9:49 of the third, coming when he converted a breakaway for his 30th of the season, made it a one-goal game. Then with 5:48 remaining in regulation, Benn won an offensive-zone faceoff and deflected Esa Lindell’s point shot for his 26th goal of the season.

Sharks 3 vs Jets 2 (OT)

Logan Couture scored in overtime after assisting on Tomas Hertl’s late game-tying goal as San Jose outlasted host Winnipeg.

Steven Lorentz also scored for San Jose while Erik Karlsson added two helpers. Sharks goalie James Reimer was rock solid throughout, turning aside 36 shots. Nino Niederreiter and Nate Schmidt found the back of the net for Winnipeg. Jets netminder David Rittich made 21 saves.

The Sharks wouldn’t go away late in the third, finishing off a late push with 11 seconds left in regulation off a faceoff win that led to a goal from the right dot by Hertl, sending the game to overtime tied 2-2. San Jose would grab momentum and stun the Jets only 1:21 into the extra frame, with Couture sealing the victory in all alone. Erik Karlsson assisted on the goal, his second helper in a span of 1:32.

Blackhawks 5 vs Senators 0

Seth Jones scored a pair of second-period goals and Anders Bjork had three assists to back a 35-save shutout from Alex Stalock as host Chicago routed Ottawa, ending the Senators’ five-game winning streak.

Chicago stopped a four-game losing streak by extending its dominance against Ottawa. The Blackhawks defeated the Senators for the 10th straight time, the franchise’s third-longest run against a single opponent.

Philipp Kurashev, Jason Dickinson and Lukas Reichel also scored for the Blackhawks, and Andreas Athanasiou added two assists. Senators goalie Mads Sogaard made 16 saves on 21 shots after being pressed into action when Cam Talbot was scratched due to a lower-body injury.

NHL Recaps: McDavid leads Oilers by Sabres

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Mar 6, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his second goal of the game during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Oilers 3 vs Sabres 2

Connor McDavid scored two goals, including the game-winner early in the third period, to lift visiting Edmonton to a victory over Buffalo. For the league’s leading scorer, he now has set a career-high in points with 124 and still has 17 games left to play.

“He’s the best player in the world and he’s pushing his own boundaries, personal bests in those categories,” Edmonton forward Zach Hyman said. “He’s driving the bus. He’s been driving the bus for a long time and continues to get better.”


Derek Ryan also scored, and Stuart Skinner made 37 saves for the Oilers, who have won three of their past four games. Jeff Skinner and Dylan Cozens scored for the Sabres, who received 34 saves from Craig Anderson as they took their third loss in the past four games.

The Sabres tied the game 2-2 just 41 seconds into the third period. After receiving a pass from Casey Mittelstadt, Jacob Bryson got the puck to Cozens, who spun in a circle to create the space he needed to wrist a shot past Skinner. However, the score didn’t stay tied for long. Warren Foegele took a pass from Mattias Ekholm and pushed it ahead to McDavid, who wristed a shot into the top of the net for a 3-2 lead at the 3:23 mark of the third.

Kings 4 vs Capitals 2

Adrian Kempe had a goal and an assist for the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Monday night.

Vladislav Gavrikov, Phillip Danault and Mikey Anderson also scored, Viktor Arvidsson had two assists and Pheonix Copley made 20 saves for the Kings, who have won four in a row.

Rasmus Sandin had a goal and an assist, Alex Ovechkin also scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves for the Capitals, who finished 2-2-0 on the four-game trip.

Canucks 4 vs Predators 3 (SO)

Elias Pettersson scored his 30th goal of the season and had the game-winner in the shootout to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Leading off the third round, Pettersson skated down the slot and snapped a shot through the pads of Juuse Saros for the only score of the shootout.

Vasily Podkolzin and Dakota Joshua also scored goals for Vancouver which won its second straight and for the fourth time in the last six games.

Arturs Silovs, making his fifth career NHL start after getting called up on an emergency basis from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League on Monday when backup goalie Collin Delia became ill, made 29 saves and wasn’t beaten in the shootout to earn his third career win.

Luke Evangelista scored two goals and Colton Sissons also scored for Nashville. Jeremy Lauzon added a pair of assists and Saros finished with 26 saves.

–Field Level Media