NHL Roundup: Blues clip Wild, Isles stay alive, Bruins zap Bolts, and more
Today’s NHL Roundup for Friday, April 8, 2022 recaps all five games on the docket.
The New York Islanders are fighting to keep their slim playoff hopes alive and found a last-minute goal to beat the Carolina Hurricanes. Plus, the Boston Bruins hold on to third place in the Atlantic with an OT win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
We start the recaps with a big St. Louis Blues rally to take down the Minnesota Wild in OT.
Blues 4, Wild 3 (OT)
Robert Thomas scored 1:27 into overtime and St. Louis moved into a tie for second place in the Central Division with Minnesota with a come-from-behind victory.
Thomas, who also had an assist, one-timed a Vladimir Tarasenko pass from the bottom of the left circle into the top left corner for his 17th goal of the season.
Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist, and Pavel Buchnevich and Brayden Schenn also scored for St. Louis, which extended its point streak to seven games (6-0-1). Kirill Kaprizov, Kevin Fiala and Jacob Middleton scored goals for Minnesota, which blew a 3-1 third-period lead. Cam Talbot finished with 24 saves for the Wild, who still have one game in hand on the Blues.
“I am proud of our guys, that’s a gutsy win,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “They battled, I just wish that we kept that energy going throughout the second period, but we didn’t.”
Avalanche 5, Jets 4 (OT)
Cale Makar scored the winning goal in overtime to cap a two-point game, giving the league-leading Colorado Avalanche their fifth straight win with a 5-4 road victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.
Andre Burakovsky and Nathan McKinnon also collected one goal and one assist, while Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Erik Johnson each scored once for the Avalanche. Goaltender Pavel Francouz made 39 saves.
With Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers in the penalty box, Makar blasted a one-timer for the power-play tally at 2:42 of the overtime period for his 25th goal of the season, and a thrilling finish to a wild affair.
Ehlers and Mark Scheifele both scored twice as part of three-point games for the Jets, who are on a four-game losing skid with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32 shots on a night his team erased a late two-goal deficit to force overtime.
Islanders 2, Hurricanes 1
Kyle Palmieri scored with 14.1 seconds left in the third period to lift New York to a win against Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.
Vincent Trocheck scored the tying goal with 57 seconds left, and Frederik Andersen made 19 saves for Carolina, which lost for the third time in four games and was unable to add to its two-point lead over the New York Rangers for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Trocheck prevented Sorokin’s seventh shutout of the season when he scored with Andersen pulled for the extra skater. Palmieri then came out from behind the net and scored the game-winner less than a minute later, lifting New York to its fifth win in six games.
“A pretty big wave of emotions, for sure,” Islanders forward Matt Martin said. “What a goal, the body control by ‘Palms.’ It’s hard to do. Really nice goal, really big goal and I’m happy for him.”NHL.com
Panthers 4, Sabres 3
Sam Bennett scored with 38 seconds remaining in the third period to give Florida its sixth straight win, a victory over visiting Buffalo.
Sam Reinhart and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist, and Barkov and Brandon Montour each had two assists for the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves.
Dustin Tokarski made 39 saves for the Sabres, who have lost two straight in regulation for the first time since March 6-7.
Earlier in the day, the Buffalo Sabres inked the first overall pick in 2021, Owen Power. He could debut next week.
Bruins 2, Lightning 1 (OT)
Charlie Coyle scored 3:37 into overtime to lift the visiting Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.
Jake DeBrusk initially set up Coyle at the doorstep but the puck squirted behind the net. DeBrusk, however, made a play with his body on Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point, allowing Coyle to regain possession and beat Andrei Vasilevskiy for his 16th goal of the season and second in overtime.
DeBrusk also scored his seventh goal in his last seven games for the Bruins (45-21-5, 95 points), who improved to 18-4-1 in their last 23 contests and moved into sole possession of third place in the Atlantic Division. Boston won three of the four games in the season series against Tampa Bay.
Linus Ullmark finished with 28 saves to win his sixth straight start for the Bruins, who saw star David Pastrnak miss his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. Defenseman Hampus Lindholm also sat out with a lower-body injury.
“It’s fun to play these sort of games when it’s getting close to the playoffs and you’re actually a part of it,” Ullmark said. “There are still 11 games to focus on and we’re not trying to get ahead of ourselves. We’re trying to battle for home-ice advantage, and we’ve got to bring it every night.”
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored a goal and Vasilevskiy turned aside 35 shots for the Lightning (43-20-8, 94 points), who have lost a season-high four in a row (0-2-2).
Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov saw their respective eight- and six-game point streaks come to a halt.
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