NHL Roundup: Blackhawks win for new coach; Ducks and Wild continue wins streaks; and more scores
The NHL served up five contests to hockey fans on Sunday led by the Blackhawks picking up a win for new head coach Derek King. Yesterday, the team announced that the search for a permanent coach will be during the summer but King is being given quite the audition, similar to Don Granato in Buffalo.
Let’s recap all the action.
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Blackhawks 2, Predators 1 (SO)
Alex DeBrincat scored 37 seconds into overtime and Kevin Lankinen made 20 saves to lift the host Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night in the team’s first game under interim coach Derek King.
Leading an odd-man rush with Patrick Kane early in the extra period, DeBrincat took a brilliant backhand pass from Kane to beat Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros.
DeBrincat scurried to collect the game puck for King, who was promoted from the Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Ill., after Chicago fired coach Jeremy Colliton on Saturday following a 1-9-2 start.
King, 54, ascended to the head role at Rockford after Colliton was hired from the farm club to replace the fired Joel Quenneville in early November 2018.
“It was just nice; it was a nice gesture,” King said via NHL.com. “I made it clear this isn’t about me. I love the fact that it’s your first game, you get a win. Obviously, you’re pumped about it. But this is not about me. This is about those guys. I told them, ‘You guys should be proud of each other because you stuck together and fought through it. And you got a win out of it.'”
Wild 5, Islanders 2
Brandon Duhaime scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and notched an assist as Minnesota rallied past New York in Saint Paul, Minn. for their third straight win.
Ryan Hartman and Matt Dumba also finished with a goal and an assist for Minnesota, which notched four unanswered goals in the third period to earn its second win in as many nights. Nick Bjugstad scored for the Wild, while Jonas Brodin and Dumba added empty-net goals to seal the win.
Anders Lee scored both goals for New York, and Mathew Barzal collected a pair of assists. New York’s seven-game point streak came to an end as it lost in regulation for the first time since Oct. 16.
“I think it was just a good game up until (the third),” Lee said. “I think they’re a team that can create a lot of offense and transition really well, so they definitely came at us all night.
Red Wings 5, Golden Knights 2
Pius Suter and Tyler Bertuzzi each had a goal and an assist, Thomas Greiss made 38 saves, and Detroit won for the second time in as many nights with a win over visiting Vegas.
Lucas Raymond, Robby Fabbri and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for Detroit, which rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory at Buffalo on Saturday. Team captain Dylan Larkin, who missed the previous three games due to personal reasons, returned to action and played 19 minutes.
Nicolas Roy had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights. Jonathan Marchessault had their other goal, while Laurent Brossoit was credited with 25 saves.
Ducks 4, Blues 1
John Gibson made 34 saves as Anaheim defeated St. Louis to complete a four-game homestand sweep.
Sam Carrick, Troy Terry, Sam Steel and Benoit-Olivier Groulx scored for the Ducks, who extended their point streak to six games (4-0-2).
Brandon Saad scored and Jordan Binnington made 23 saves for the Blues, who suffered just their second regulation loss in 10 games this season.
“It’s a total team effort right now,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “We don’t just need one line or one goalie, or a D-pair, we need all 23 of our players right now. Those players, all 23 of them, are sacrificing [for] each other. They’re committed to each other.”
Canucks 6, Stars 3
J.T. Miller scored a pair of power-play goals while Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson each added a goal and an assist as host Vancouver topped Dallas.
Vasily Podkolzin and Brock Boeser also scored for the Canucks, while goaltender Thatcher Demko made 25 saves. Quinn Hughes collected three assists.
Joe Pavelski, Luke Glendening and Ryan Suter scored for the Stars, who have one win in their last six outings. Goalie Anton Khudobin stopped 30 shots.
–Field Level Media